Yippee! I finally feel myself getting back in to the swing of this decluttering thing, Want to know what got me back on track? You did! Jen & Samantha got me started and then I ran in to a whole new bunch of ladies starting #2011in2011 thanks to Twitter and the spark was lit all over again. It’s so much more fun to do “not so much fun” stuff when you’re not alone. Thanks for getting me back on track ladies!
Here’s what I purged this week:
46 Papers (r)
50 Kids Clothes too small or out of season (40 d, 10 s)
17 Just plain old trash from my counters (t)
15 Homeschooling Worksheets (r)
1 Toy (d)
2 Kids Chairs (d)
1 Broken Mirror (r)
150 Random Papers & Trash- from a junk pile I started but never finished (r,t)
10 condiments/foods from the fridge we don’t even eat (t,r)
18 Items in the pantry/fridge we wouldn’t normally have eaten (t,r)
310 less items in the house!!
And now for the moment you’ve all been waiting for …
The Clutter Tip of the Week: Raid Your Pantry
When we first moved in to this house, I thought the kitchen was GINORMOUS!!! Cabinets, cabinets everywhere and even a mini walk-in pantry. “Who could EVER fill all of these cabinets”, I boasted. Ha, I must have cursed my self. For months we lived with many of the lower cabinets completely empty so the kids had plenty of places for hide and seek … but little by little day by day things just sort of had a way of finding their way into those spacious cabinets.
Before I knew it, all of the cabinets were full, jam packed even and things were busting out everywhere. Since I started purging, I have reclaimed my cabinet space, organized my baking goods, and created an awesome recycling center that actually works for us … but, there was no where for me to put the dry and canned goods I was bringing in each week, the cupboards were anything but bare.
While on a weekend walk around the neighborhood, planning our meals for the week (that’s when I do my planning), I decided I just wasn’t going grocery shopping this week. I would use only items we already had in the cupboards, pantry and freezer to make our meals.
And you know what … we survived. We ate well actually, probably even more than normal because I was trying to get rid of things. We also ate leftovers (something we hardly ever do) and I’ll tell you why we did this time, in an upcoming post (riveting, I know).
And when we were done, my cupboards are just starting to make sense. I had room enough to organize by type instead of just cramming things in and hoping they didn’t fall out and hit me on the head the next time I opened the cabinet.
But best of all …
I saved over $150 this week!!
(the amount my family of 5 spends on groceries in a typical week)
This week I’m challenging you to plan a meal entirely from items you already have on hand but aren’t part of your normal rotation. Then come back here and tell us what you made.