Tackling the Kitchen

June 2nd, 2019 klwade Posted in Declutter Project No Comments »

On my last post I stated that I plan on decluttering my home and stop having so much stuff.

I decided my kitchen really needed to be first.

I had already finished my corner under cabinet area and the lazy susan upper cabinet so there are no pictures of the before so the after was kinda useless. But it pretty much looked like my spice cabinet below.

Before picture of spice cabinet

This cabinet had spices and condiments that were as old as 2005. Some were more recent but looked unpleasant. I understand spices only last 1-4 years. So unless something was dated 2018 or later, it was tossed.

Before spice cabinet

I think I had that stash tea when I moved in here….pretty much 13 years ago

I am not sure when tea is no longer good, but you know what, I do not care… say goodbye.

Those Kirkland spices were bought when I was a member of Costco. And I have not been a member for YEARS…. say goodbye

Some I did not recognize at all

Spice Cabinet left

I know the Au Jus Gravy is new

Sprinkles….sprinkles…sprinkles….. I decided that I would hesitate to use any of them on cookies so I thanked them for their beauty in the world and tossed them. Say Goodbye

I know honey does not expire but I think those honey sticks looked kinda gross…. say goodbye

There was some canning wax….why who knows…. wait I think I got them to make the Martha Washington Candy which I probably wont make for a long time….say goodbye.

After I was brutal…. and I mean brutal….. here is my cupboard now.

I can see space.

I have some teas, some salts and one or two big containers of pepper. The Au Jus is now in one of my lock and lock containers that I love.

But pretty much I cleared everything out.

cleaned out spice cabinet

I even found my Longaberger tea caddy. Cute basket.

Spice Cabinet After

Anything left would be stuff I would use. Cupcake liners, coffee filters, vanilla (which does not go bad) and a few cooking utensils like a pastry cutter and cocoa sprinkler (which I never used but is cute so it can stay)

Thank you A Slob Comes Clean for the inspiration.

A Slob Comes Clean

June 1st, 2019 klwade Posted in Declutter Project No Comments »

I have started to listen to the podcast from Dana White called “A Slob Comes Clean”. She is a self proclaimed slob. It was her darkest secret. Now the world knows. I find her rather funny and also inspiring.

She also has books, book on tape and of course the podcast. There she is below, crazy but oh so inspiring.

Dana K White – A Slob Comes Clean

I would not call myself a slob…..I am an over clutterer. I have too much stuff. At times I feel that I am baby hoarder, you know, the first stages of hoarding. But I do not have those unnatural attachment to things, but I do hate to think of valuable things, many unused being given away.

I have finally come to the conclusion, I may never get to those projects I have been saving things for (I am a crafter and have tons of craft projects in a variety of stages _ quilt, I scrapbook, I make cards);. I cannot find homes for my items because I have too much stuff.

So it is time to let go some of this stuff. Give it a new home. Toss it away.

But there is just so much stuff I am almost paralyzed. I have no idea where to start. I started to watch videos about the Fly Lady and her method. A lot of it made sense. What I gathered from her was the following

  • doing just one thing is a step in the right direction
  • Dont beat yourself up, forgive yourself and keep moving
  • you did not make this mess in a day, you cannot clean it up in a day
  • establish small routines everyday to keep your house in order.

This was a great start but I struggled with her keeping the house in order. Having a clean sink when the entire kitchen was a mess just did not resonate with me. How do I get rid of clutter???

Then I started to listed to A Slob Comes Clean podcast. In the first podcast she said stuff that sounded just like me. Piles. No empty counter space, no place to put things, buying the item again because you can not find it in your house, hate having people over because of the mess.

Ugh this was me.

Although I have just started to listen to her, I have gained some insight on my dilemma

  • If one thing comes in (new shoes, new kitchen appliance, new sheets, an old one must leave, you cannot keep adding to the pile.
  • The concept of containers. She had a light bulb moment when she released the beauty of containers. No, not buying containers to hold your stuff, but every drawer, cupboard, closet is a container. Once the container is full, you get rid of the excess.

The container concept intrigued me. Yes, if my cupboard is filled with coffee mugs, there are mugs I do not use, or shoved in the back. Take all the mugs out and only put back the ones you really use and like. Seriously I cannot possibly like 80 mugs, I probably really really really like 10 of them.

So based on this new found knowledge, I am going to systematically go thru every drawer, every cabinet and get rid of stuff.

I am starting in my kitchen so I can finally have a clean counter.

Keep checking my blog to see the before and after pics and stories.