2nd Annual Flats and Handwashing Challenge Day 7- Reflections on What We’ve Learned

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It is Day 7 2nd Annual Flats and Handwashing Challenge and the final day of the challenge.  I’ve been blogging my experiences all week alongside 50-80 other blogs a day.  You’ll find other blogs linked at the end of this post.  Today is the final day of the challenge and blogging week and we are discussing our final thoughts.

This year was vastly different than last year in a surprising way.  I found it more difficult, physically, but easier to fit into my day.  I found myself dreading the act of handwashing when I knew it was coming near, but not worrying that it would get done or how.

This week wasn’t long enough to truly test my determination but I do feel even more so than last year that I could make it work.  I don’t doubt that I would try to make life easier on myself by practicing EC more often in order to have less diapers to wash.  Or that I would use a disposable diaper if I could afford to.  This challenge was taken mostly by families who advocate cloth diapers but for others in the situation they just need diapers, period.  Most would use flats as a way to stretch their disposable diaper budget, not the other way around.  And that is perfectly fine.  Handwashing is very hard, physical work and a time commitment of 30 minutes to an hour a day (in my experience.)  Not everyone can fit that into their daily routine but if it came to leaving my child in unhealthy conditions I would lose sleep and work hard to wash diapers by hand.

All of the participants are being asked to complete a survey about their experience.  Last year we did the same and the results you can read the results.  Once everyone has completed the survey I will post the results and the final tally of participants.  I am donating $1.00 per person (up to $200.00) who completes the survey to my cloth diaper charity of choice:  Giving Diapers, Giving Hope.  Full disclosure: I also serve on their Board of Directors.  Kelly’s Closet is matching my donation up to $200.00 as well.

If you participated please take the Survey in before June 1.

Once again I am humbled and honored to complete this event with the other participants.  I’m always amazed at how many decide to participate and the level of dedication and creativity shown.  You can read the reflections of the other bloggers by following the links below.

Thank you to everyone who has made the 2nd Annual Flats and Handwashing Challenge a success.  See you next year!

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