- I purchased 2 dry-erase magnets (3x3 in.) from the infamous Target dollar bins, and have been using these instead of scratch paper for quick phone messages, brief lists, and even game scores. (Good thing the marker can be erased as I lost the last card game pretty badly!) I love the idea of using a dry erase board as a replacement for paper in all kinds of ways.
- Catalogs--yikes! We've definitely been getting more than usual with the holidays fast-approaching. When we receive a catalog, which 9 times out of 10 we do not want, I promptly call the company and asked to be removed from their mailing list. If we wish to peruse their products, we can always shop on-line. My husband even brings catalogs home from the office, and I cancel those as well. Less paper, less junk mail, and it even saves the company some postage!
- I decided to cancel my one magazine subscription and am now sharing with my mom. It's a brilliant plan. I rarely read it during the intended month, anyway, so now my mom just passes along each issue after she's read it. I have a small group of friends and family with whom I exchange magazines, which I love! I have access to several wonderful subscriptions without having to pay the price in money or in storage space.
I'm not trying to say paper is bad; I actually have quite the stash of stationery and crafty paper. But I do want to be a good steward of the environment, and for me, this means cutting back on paper where I can. What are some ways you decrease paper usage?