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What Did I Learn and How Did it Go in the Flats and Handwashing Challenge

Concerning budget-friendly cloth diapering:

Day 7

After one final load tonight the 7th Annual Flats and Handwashing Challenge is officially over.  But am I over flats and handwashing?  Good question.

If you have been following along this week you may recall that Hubby and I and our two daughters, Doll and Poni, are living in a motel.  With our dog.  Can’t forget the dog being as he’s the cause of us not being able to find a home to rent (landlords DO NOT like pets around here).

That means we have to do our laundry at a laundromat.

Which means I stopped cloth diapering (I was diapering both babies in Piddly-Winx pocket diapers) because it would cost too much money washing them every day.

Which means we had to start buying disposables.  At a time when we can’t afford extra expenses because sometime (soon, I hope) we will find a pet-friendly rental and will need the equivalent of two months rent up front (first month +damage deposit +pet deposit).

So when this challenge was set to start and we were in this living situation it was really a no-brainer to give it a go.  What did I have to lose?

So the bottom lines are:

I learned that I can cloth diaper if I truly want/ need to.  

And want and need are both applicable to our situation and my personal preferences.

I learned how to use flats and covers (without owning any of either and without buying any).

I learned from reading other blogs that it may be worth the cost to buy some actual flats.  But it’s not necessary.

Finally a picture of my stash. I picked up 3 more "flats" (aka blankets) during the week. Top two rows are clean and origami folded. Bottom two are dirty and ready for washing.

Finally a picture of my stash. I picked up 3 more “flats” (aka blankets) during the week. Top two rows are clean and origami folded. Bottom two are dirty and ready for washing.

The Challenge was a great success.

I feel I completed it without any cheats, compromises, or failures.

We had zero blowouts.  Zero leaks.

It helped me get more in-tune to Poni’s signals for Elimination Communication.

We saved money by not buying disposables and by not paying to wash diapers.

I washed the diapers without any special equipment (bought or made).  I dried the diapers without anything but what is in the motel room.  Namely a shower curtain rod.

And curiously, for reasons unknown to me, the number of diapers we used each day went down as the week went on.  Started at 15-15-13-11-10-10-? (I haven’t tallied the day’s diapers yet).

So what now?

I will continue with flats. Part-time for now. Having them drying all night and day on the shower rod is not convenient when we need to shower. So for now, while we’re living in a motel, I will diaper Poni in flats while we are in the room. When we go out (and possibly at night) I will use disposables. This way I will slowly use up our remaining disposables and make my stash last long enough to where I can wash the dirties with our regular laundry once a week or so.

Once we have a home I will continue flats full-time and even if I don’t wash by hand, I will hang-dry.

 

Day 1: Why Am I Taking the Flats and Handwashing Challenge?

Day 2: What Is My Cost and Materials for the Flats and Handwashing Challenge?

Day 3: My Go-To Fold in the Flats and Handwashing Challenge

Day 4: How I Wash in the Flats and Handwashing Challenge

Day 5: Behindthe Scenes of the Flats and Handwashing Challenge

Day 6: What’s Working and What’s Not in the Flats and Handwashing Challenge



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