I am desperately trying to catch up on my decluttering… so for day #3 of five photos, five stories, I am going to post the results from my baking supplies decluttering.
I have a lot of baking supplies… I really do like baking, and the results of baking… but lately I’ve been trying to eat healthier, which typically means more fruit and veggies, and less sweets and baked goods. So my baking supplies aren’t being used up as quickly as they would normally…
I don’t want to waste food, so I don’t want to throw anything out, but I thought it would be good to take stock of what I have, and get it organized in a way that will allow me to use it up. Plus, I had a bunch of stuff on a shelf in the basement because it doesn’t fit in my baking cupboard…
The process for this one was pretty simple… take everything, group like things, determine what I can consolidate, and what I have duplicates of, and what I can get rid of…
Turns out we have two full magic bullet sets with all the extra cups, and blender attachments. We both used to drink smoothies a lot, but have moved to oatmeal for our breakfasts now instead, so we don’t even use one magic bullet on a regular basis, let alone two… So I packed all the magic bullet stuff in a box and put it in the basement. My plan is to see if I have a friend that wants one of the sets, and then I’ll get a nice bin for the other set to store it for the occasional use.
Things that I got rid of in this process: some old plates, a few place mats, a couple baking pans that I never use, a broken cheese grater, an extra potato masher, a couple random plastic cups, a plastic mixing bowl, a couple Styrofoam containers (not sure what from or why I kept them) and a bunch of half empty bags of baking supplies (consolidated in to jars – I love having things in jars…)
I organized the cupboards so that the things that we use the most are on the bottom (water bottles & breakfast supplies), the things that we rarely use, like cake decorating goodies (in Simpsons bucket), are up on the top shelf (I can’t really reach up there without getting on a chair or climbing on the counter…) and the middle shelf is for more often used items. I was also pretty happy with boxing up a bunch of the bags of mixes (top shelf) because it looks way neater, and we can just grab the box from the top shelf and dig through to find thing. I put the extra bags of flour into a bin that I will keep in the basement.
When we moved in, we really didn’t think out the layout of our cupboards in the kitchen much, and I’m not totally sure I like the way things are organized right now, but I’m trying to make do for now. Someday we will renovate the kitchen and then I’ll get an all new layout that is actually functional.
So here is my final product. Not perfect, but much better and the stack of things leaving my house is definitely growing.
So, there you have it, day #3 of my five photos, five stories challenge. If you missed my previous posts this week, Jillian from How To Be Myself nominated me for the five photos, five stories challenge where I am to post a different photo with a story for five consecutive days, and nominate another blogger to do the challenge each day. Today I will nominate Minimalist Sometimes. And don’t worry, participation is totally optional, so no worries if you don’t want to.