Life hacks

Breaking Habits One Towel at a Time

My son Jack has a knack for engineering effective systems for himself – life hacks that are too simple not to embrace. He was consistently commenting on the amount of paper towels we used every time we washed our hands – even if there was a dish towel nearby.

His solution – hang a dish towel above the paper towel stand so every time you had a visual cue and were making a conscious choice. This simple trick has reduced our paper towel dramatically and has sparked a sense of competition among the family.  Sometimes you need a paper towel, it’s true, but the majority of the time it is simply out of habit that we automatically reach for a paper towel. With a simple solution we are breaking our habit one paper towel at a time. 

PS Remember to compost the paper towel you do use unless they are wet with harsh chemicals.