This past week I was going to focus on finding ways to cut down on overall water consumption.  Some areas were obvious - take shorter showers, run the dishwasher when it is full, and don't water the lawn.  I think the area that I am the most wasteful of water is when I clean the kitchen (a neverending task!).  I figured out that if I put warm water in the sink, I can use that water to wash the counters, rinse dishes, and then finally use the water to mop the floor.   I also tried brushing my teeth with a small amount of water - this one was easy - I find that I am just lazy on this one! 
This week:

11)  Fill the bird feeder - with the weather changing, it is fun to watch the birds coming and going.  Yes - this is an extra expense, but it also simplifies life a bit.

12)  Quiet - this one is tricky in a house with teenagers.  It seems that there is always a television or iPod going somewhere in the house.  I am going to make sure to have at least an hour a day at home without extra noise distractions. 

13)  Cleaning house - I am actually better at doing a fall cleaning than a spring cleaning for some reason.  My goal this year is to only use all natural cleaning supplies.  I also add Thieve's oil to my cleaning water which is a great natural disinfectant.  I use baking soda on my carpets to freshen them up.  Vinegar and water is a great all around cleaner.  This can be used to freshen the dishwasher and washing machine, also.  Have a great fall day!