What’s in Your Spice Cabinet?

My spice cabinet sees constant use throughout the day.  I finally paused to look at the state of it, and I am embarrassed by how bad I had let it get!  Look at it!  No rhyme or reason to it at all, empty bottles in there among the new ones, sandwich bags and muffin cups.  So, I pulled everything out, wiped it down and reorganized it all.  I also found room to put away my toaster oven, which is also a well loved item in the kitchen.  It is ugly as all get out, but still works fine, so I am in no rush to get a new one.  Hence my desire to hide it away from visitors!

Here it is all wiped out and ready for reorganization (personally, my favorite part of the process!)

And here is the reveal:

I had spices in there that we received as part of wedding shower gift.  We’ve been married for 20 years this year, so eww right??! (I mean the spices, not the being married 20 years part – that has been awesome!)

And there is my ugly toaster hidden away from the world like a princess in a Brothers’ Grimm fairy tale.  Maybe a fairy godmother will pretty it up before it gets used again!

Are you still plugging along with your forty bags challenge?


Purging the Freezer

I wasn’t planning on cleaning out my freezer, but I took advantage of the fact that it was completely defrosted from our 3 day power outage. So, as they say, when life hands you lemons make the freezer clean! I’m embarrassed to say that I hadn’t really cleaned it in a long time. But, I’m satisfied with the result and was able to purge a few things not worth saving.

How are you doing with your purging?

That Girl is Crafty!

My daughter hasn’t met a piece of fabric that she didn’t love.  She is a very creative kid, always sewing and making, which is wonderful!  It just leads to a lot of scraps and bits of fabric that get put in the craft room drawers.  They looked like this when we started:

That closed drawer also was overflowing, but I had already taken that load upstairs when I remembered to take a photo.  I took me a few hours, some cutting to get some usable pieces and a lot of being tough and saying “We are never going to use this.” But it got done, and now it looks like this:

Yes, you’re eyes do not deceive you, those two drawers are EMPTY!  I can now move some of the craft stuff back in there, a lot of it is currently occupying the top of that desk and various corners of the house.  I need to sort and purge the craft items before they get relocated to their new home.

I was able to donate a few of the items, but most of it was useless.  I’ll be dropping that off to the St. Vincent DePaul Society drop off location.  Did you know that they accept fabric scraps and worn/holey items for recycling?  Here’s the bag they are getting from us (the smaller bag is donation items):

We have about 30 days left until Easter!  How are your Forty Days going?

My Mugs Are Getting Dirty

I think my mugs are getting dirty, with each other!  I think when we close the cabinet door, they are reproducing.  Look at the smile on Grinch’s face:

He just looks guilty, doesn’t he?!  A few years ago I had everyone each pick their favorite mug, I kept a couple extra for guests and passed along the rest.  I’m not sure how we got to maximum density in that cabinet again, but we did.  So, I went through them again.  I only got rid of six, but it made a difference in there:

And look, he’s still smiling.  Maybe I should keep that cabinet door open….

What’s In Your Pantry?

Well, my pantry was chock o’block full of stuff begging to be thrown out.  Pantries tend to be one of those areas where things go in, some things come out and some gets lost at the back of the shelf.  I started by going top down and organizing like items with like.  I took partial packages and put them into glass containers I had on hand.  Much easier to see how much of something you have, plus less likely to get up-ended and spilled when the kids go rummaging for snacks.

Our pantry also houses our medicines and first aid items:

I love these clear shoe bags for storing things.  I use them here for the first aid and medicines, in the basement to store video games, cords and controllers, and in the craft room for sorting things like scissors, ribbon and crochet/knitting needles.  Really, the uses are endless!

So, here is the cleaned-out and organized pantry closet and first aid station:

And here is the pile of stuff I threw out and recycled:

I’m a happy girl today!  How about you?  Was it a good purging day for you?