Monthly Archives: January 2013

31 DAYS!!

Wow!  I actually made it 31 days in de-cluttering my home!  And BOY have I gotten rid of a lot of extra things that I didn’t use anymore.  Many of them have been sent off to goodwill or the church re-sale shop to find a new home and new owner that will be so happy to have found the items at such a good price.  🙂

Today my plan is to tackle the laundry room.  Yes, the whole room!  (note – it is more than just the washer/dryer in there).  I know there are several items in the extra cabinets I put in there that will be headed for a spin on ebay and possibly off to the re-sale shop, but mostly, this room just needs a good re-organization.

More later…

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30 – Spices Anyone?

I decided to tackle that spice rack today.   It actually is in pretty good shape.  Call me obsessive/compulsive, but I keep it in alphabetical order (pretty much); since I cook/bake a lot, I use most of the spices I have a lot as well.  That said, I know I have a couple items that I hardly, if ever, use.  Those will go.

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After:

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Look any different?  Yeah, I know… not really. BUT – it is all re-alphabetized, I did get rid of a few old spices and put some spices I bought at the farmers market in bottles from plastic baggies.

Then… since I was on such a productive streak, decided to clean another shelf in the pantry… but quickly realized, if I was going to clean one, I was going to have to clean them all.  Why?  Well, because so much wasn’t even on the right shelf (yes, baking items have a baking shelf, etc.).  I jumped in so fast on this one that I didn’t get a before picture.

After:

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I did get rid of some stuff from the pantry.  Especially the things that were tucked way in the corners, and not used in so long they had WAY expired! (Yikes!)

Day 29 – The Pantry – Shelf #1

The pantry is bound to take me more than just one day to get through.

I have a full door spice rack on the inside of the door,

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5 shelves, and to make matters difficult, the door is narrow, so getting to the stuff on either side on the shelves is, well, a pain in the behind. 🙂

Today’s project – the top shelf.

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What is up there?  I was surprised (a bit) to realized I had mason jars of potpourri and christmas mulling spices.  The potpourri will go to the re-sale shop.  The mulling spices will be tossed, jars washed and sent to the re-sale shop as well.  Three boxes of my Christmas china that will be re-located to a proper place with the rest of the china.  Balsamic vinegar (forgot I had that bottle…) Raspberry wine sauce and chocolate wine sauce;  I also have a LARGE bottle of homemade vanilla extract (yes, I make my own – and it is WONDERFUL! – I will never go back to the store-bought stuff). Bottles of rum and brandy (moving to the liquor cabinet), as well as about 10 bottles of wine round out the contents of that shelf.

I have my work cut out for me today…

DONE!

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Day 28 – Pots and Pans

This is the last major cabinet in the kitchen (other than the pantry – and OH am I NOT looking forward to that cleansing!)

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Right side of pots/pans (island) cabinet

I have cleaned the island cabinet in the last 3 – 4 months, so what I really need to decide is whether I am going to pull the “trigger” and get rid of some of the extra pans

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Left island cabinet (missing 2 pots I used for dinner tonight)

((((sigh))))

Last summer I started using my iron skillets instead of my non-stick pans…  While it took a little while to get the iron skillets nice and “seasoned”, now that they are, I LOVE using them!  Even though I have a glass cooktop and had heard that you shouldn’t use iron skillets on such a cooktop (because if you drop them, well your cooktop is history…) I still do – I am careful with the cooktop so I don’t scratch it as well.

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Much better!  got rid of a veggie grilling pan that I never liked very much and a plastic top to a disposable foil roasting pan that I used and already threw in the trash.  🙂

I didn’t take another picture of the pots/pans side of the island, the pots i used tonight are still in the dishwasher.  I did decide to cull 3 of my pans; so I am down from 8 to 5.

The re-sale shop is going to LOVE seeing me…again!

Day 27 – Happy Birthday Sahara!

Today is my great-niece’s first birthday!


We do not live in the same town, so I wasn’t able to see her. in fact, I haven’t met her yet, though I was really hoping to have done so a long time ago. But I digress.

So… today I tackled the top of the refrigerator. Who else out there uses that spot as extra storage space??

I also have a double cabinet above the fridge that was holding these

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Now, of course, since the top of the fridge looked like this…

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Would you move all that stuff to get to those cabinets up there?  Me either…

I pretty much “never” got into the cabinets up there to use any of those vases… 14 of them in total… I will keep a couple of them, but I would say 11 – 12 of them on their way to the re-sale shop. No, I’m not posting them on ebay, they are too big, and since they are glass would have to be packed up very well to ship to an ebay buyer – the cost of the shipping would far exceed the value of these lovely items. So straight to the donation center they go.

I also culled several books from the “book basket” (more on my cookbooks in a few days…) and straightened that thing up as well. While it will go back on top of the fridge, I actually do use the cookbooks from up there.

After

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Yes, my fridge is a collage of family pictures.

Day 26 – Small Appliances…

Before

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As an avid cook and baker, I tend to accumulate small kitchen appliances.  In particular, I seem to have a fetish for mixers.  I have two different Braun mixers, a cuisinart hand held mixer, my kitchenade standing mixer, my grandmother’s sunbeam standing mixer (one of the original ones that was made – it’s Model #7!).  Will I be purging any of these?  Well… not yet.  🙂  Believe it or not, I actually use all of them, each one seems to be better for different tasks, though I do rely on my kitchenade the most.  As for my grandmother’s Sunbeam, it still works!

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Grandma Helen’s Sunbeam mixer

I had several large canning jars in there – serveral little jam jars (think repurpose bug).  All those are gone.

I also had two cookie presses; one I will keep, the other is going to take a spin on ebay and then off to the resale shop if it doesn’t sell.  I also had a Wilton cake decorating gun… never did use that thing…

After

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In an earlier post I mentioned the cookie cutters that were in a drawer.  They are now in their proper place, with the other cookie cutters.

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The jar was my grandmother’s, and my mom used it to hold cookie cutters when she inherited it.  Family traditions, passed down through the generations…

Day 25 – The Big Purge…

PURGED
12 coffee mugs
6 coctail glasses
bunch of plastic drink cups
big drink cookie factory mug
starbuck mug missing the top
couple of bud vases
couple of collector cups from when the Astros went to the World Series (then lost)
miscellaneous wine glasses
shot glasses from Hard Rock Cafe and Planet Hollywood

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Post Purge cupboard

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Yes, those are muppet movie cups from McDonalds… and yes, those are 2 glass mugs from my high school alma mater – Riley…

Yes, that is a mug with a picture of my niece Jessie and newphew Timmy on it from oh, probably around the mid-90’s.  🙂

Now to find boxes to pack up all those glasses to take to the resale shop!