Day #85: Shelf Liner

Some things make life easier. Having lived in many older apartments, I became an expert at laying down Contact paper. I wanted clean surfaces, easy to wash, that pepped up an often-grungy wood or painted surface. I lined many drawers and shelves. Our current home has 20-year-old Contact paper which, from experience, I know will be the dickens to get up, leaving behind a sticky surface that will need scrubbing to feel clean again. Ugh.

My most recent find is cork shelf and drawer liner. I am grateful to whoever thought of this because it is easy to clean, stays put without adhesives, and it’s not plastic.We learn. Today’s reflection is mundane but I believe it’s important to recognize that life gets better in small steps.

Day #41: Dusters

Something practical for a Wednesday. Some years ago, a friend gave me a Swiffer duster and the dusting heads that went with it. (I know. This was one of those dubious gifts that makes you wonder all kinds of things.) After a couple of months, I used them because they were there And I found that I liked the ability to extend the plastic wand and reach out of the way places. Particularly when one is dusting a myriad of bookshelves, the floppy, dust-collecting fingers of the dusting heads were impressive. Yet it bothered me no end that this was a consumable, destined for the waste bin, and replete with chemicals. I am grateful that, with a bit of research, I found Eartherella flannel dusters (they call them fleece, but I don’t believe they are, and fleece is a petroleum product while flannel is not). They are washable, over and over again. (You could make them yourself if you have a sewing machine, but I like supporting innovative thinking.) We are hanging onto the plastic wand because throwing it away would put it into the trash stream and I don’t think this will ever wear out. You might like to give them a try.

Dusters