In a previous post, I listed delegation as one of my three essential tools for clearing mental clutter. Turns out our cloth placemats are a stumbling block in the process of delegating the task of after-dinner table clearing to my kids. Inevitably the questions would grind the process to a halt: Where do they go? Do we fold them or roll them? Do they need to be washed? What if they just have crumbs on them, but no stains?
Getting rid of the placemats would go a long way toward simplifying table clearing and would reduce our laundry load as well. My solution: placemats you can wipe clean with a damp cloth.
Some woven plastic placemats look like natural grass or bamboo, but are actually easy-care plastic. Others look like woven cotton, but are actually vinyl. Both are quick to shake clean in the sink, or clean up with a damp cloth or a swipe of all-purpose cleaner (more jobs that can be delegated).
Great choice if you're looking to freshen up your table without adding to the fussiness of cleaning up.
An exception: I love these Painless Learning placemats! Because of these placemats, we all now have a better grasp of US and world geography, the periodic table, the solar system, and the US presidents. We often use these for family dinners just to change things up and get conversation flowing.