We ALL must have this same experience.  As a kid growing up, you are asked to do chores that are terribly annoying.  For me I was always having to fold socks (a common request that my mom would make while I was talking on the phone with friends). I can still hear, “Cathy, c’mon, you have socks to fold,” or something to that effect.

One chore that was rather unique and definitely high on my annoyance chart was washing and drying plastic bags.  There was this constant pile of bread bags and Ziploc bags beside the kitchen sink (or so it seemed at the time). My mom would wash them and cram them onto the bottom of the drying rack for me to take and either dry, or hang up on the clothesline in the basement.

What fun it is to be green….and frugal, a combination of traits passed along from my mom’s side. She grew up on a dairy farm. And as it is often the case on a farm or a small business, you make do with what you have, are not wasteful, and understand the value of a dollar and hard work (just to name a few life lessons). 

As an adult, I SWORE I would not be washing plastic bags!

Years later I met my now husband and saw that he too grew up in a family that re-used Ziploc bags, and he readily washed and dried such bags on his own as an adult. A match made in heaven, right?

Over the weekend I had to chuckle as I found myself doing that very thing I swore I would never do (and have been doing since meeting my husband).

Me drying a freshly washed re-sealable bag.
Me drying a freshly washed re-sealable bag to re-use again.
All clean and ready to be used again!
All clean and ready to be used another time! Saved from the landfill…for now.

What’s the one thing your parents made you do as a kid that you swore you’d never do as an adult, but do now anyway?  Does anyone else recycle or self-cycle these resealable bags?