Am I a Weird Parent or Waste-Free Parent for Doing This?

Even though it may not feel like it, you’re probably not alone in the way you parent or run your home. To help us all feel a little more connected, I’ll be sharing some of the habits I have that feel weird, but I do them anyway. For instance, am I the only parent who can’t let things go to waste? Watch my video to see if you can identify? My commission-earning affiliate links are included.

WATCH: Am I the only parent who does this?

After I shared the short version of this video on Instagram, another blogger told me about a tool to get liquids out of bottles, tubes, and jars even easier. It’s a spatula with a long handle and a bending end. I immediately ordered it from Amazon and I can’t wait for it to get here! Real talk: Would you like me to do a video review when it does?

If you’ve got unused toys around your house, that you don’t want to end up in a landfill, Vtech and Leapfrog made it easy to recycle them without worrying about shipping or boxes.

One way, I limit the counter clutter in the kitchen is with this mobile charging station I created from Michael’s craft cart.

3-Tier Rolling Cart


Featured Counter Clutter

Tell me what are your favorite ways to cut the waste in your family’s life! Do you recycle or re-use items?

About Joyce Brewer

Creator & Host of Mommy Talk Show. Emmy award-winning TV journalist.Wife & Mommy; Mom Blogger; Social Media Coach; Long Island, New York transplant living in Atlanta, GA. Follow Joyce on Twitter @MommyTalkShow Author of Use What You Know: A Business Idea Guide for Moms featuring interviews with mompreneurs who created businesses using their skills & backgrounds.

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  1. I recycle or if it’s something I may have a further use for it gets put in the basement with other random items. I try not to save too many items because I have minimal space for anything.

  2. I love the information about Vtech and leapfrog making it easy to recycle toys that you no longer need!

  3. I do it, too. I currently have a body wash upside down on the counter and several lotions so I can get out every last drop. I’ve even used a funnel on occasion. I will hand it back to my kids if they give me a bottle they didn’t completely empty.

  4. I definitely reuse items. I grew up with a single mom and we didn’t have a lot so I’m definitely all about saving.

  5. Thanks for sharing these great tips I love the mobile charging cart.

  6. I think that the only way that I will be able to declutter my house is when everyone moves out and takes their stuff with them.

  7. I love that there is a way to recycle unwanted toys. The charging cart is a great idea.

  8. I definitely repurpose items and make new uses for them. For example, I save packaging materials also and save them for make gift baskets such as the paper and shredded raffia .

  9. I try to recycle and reuse items. I have one of those spatulas with a long handle to get the last drop of my makeup and skin products from the bottles.

  10. I always try to use every last bit of product in a container. I put a little bit of water in the toothpaste tube until it’s empty. A small toothpaste tube can be used to carry mouthwash. I use a medicine syringe to put liquids into smaller containers with narrow openings. I put hydrogen peroxide in an old contact lens solution bottle. It’s clearly marked in case I need to use it for medicinal or cleaning purposes.

  11. I have been doing better then I use to. I have been recycling more then I use to when I was younger. I always ask friends and family if they can use things before I get rid of it. I also donate and recycle.