Friday, October 24, 2014
I did this a week ago, but haven't had much time to blog.
After I did the kitchen drawers, I tackled the pantry. Unfortunately, I did not take the 'before' pictures until after my DD 'shopped' there, so they don't quite as crowded and messy as they did then.
The before pictures - left side, then right side:
I try to keep like things grouped together, but things had gotten a bit out of control. After my DD took what she could use, I didn't have much to get rid of. It was mostly a matter of organizing.
I try to stay out of the left side of the pantry as much as possible. I keep the food for my nephew there, as well as DH's snack foods. I try to eat fresh or frozen food as much as possible, and to stay away from canned and prepared foods.
Next is the china cabinet!
Wednesday, October 22, 2014
Part of the craziness that has been my past week was a first appointment with a new primary care doctor and practice. It turns out that the two different medications I was put on a couple of weeks ago were too much and so my new doctor took away the diuretic. I am happy about that, since I wasn't feeling great since starting it. However, another result is a temporary rebound in water weight and a gain for this week. I am up 3 pounds which puts me back where I was two weeks ago. We will review this again in 2 1/2 weeks when I go back for a follow up visit.
Saturday, October 18, 2014
In reflecting on my comments about DH the other day, I realized that I am really not going to be able to do any work in the garage or basement. Those rooms are "his" rooms and I am not allowed to move anything. With that in mind, I decided that doing the kitchen drawers and the pantry was a lot to do in one day (especially since DD was visiting), so I decided to split that task into two days. I just did the drawers for day 13. The pantry will be next.
This drawer is next to the stove and we keep the silverware here.
The next two drawers are on the far side away from the stove and wind up being a "catch all" for all sorts of little things. The first one should be all of our knives and sharp items.
This drawer is supposed to be serving utensils and all my mixing items, like large wooden spoons and spatulas.
As I mentioned before, DD recently moved into a house and they need a lot of things. One of the items they needed was silverware. Their old apartment was very small and they kept utensils to a minimum. We were shopping at Costco and I saw some nice flatware. She didn't want me to buy her new, though, when she knew that I wanted to get some myself. So we bought the new for me and she took all my old flatware. I also reorganized the drawer so it is strictly the tableware at this point.
The next drawer wasn't too bad, but I do have trays for the knives and things were out of place so I got that straightened out.
The final drawer saw the most changes. There were some items that I gave to DD, so I had a bit more room. I have all the serving utensils from my new sets together, I hung a couple of items on the board with all my cookware, and I got rid of a bunch of little items that had collected and were not being used at all.
I took everything out of all the drawers, wiped them down, and then moved everything back. It feels really good to have this done, even though hardly anyone ever sees it.
Saturday, October 18, 2014
Wow, a few busy days at work and do I get behind!
So, Wednesday was my linen closet. There is no light in the closet, and the light in the hallway is off to the side, so these pictures are a bit dark.
The two top shelves are in pretty good order. I keep bathroom cleaning supplies on the top as well as some toiletries and all our meds and more toiletries on the second shelf. I got the bins a while ago to help keep these shelves in order and it works pretty well. DH insists I keep backups of everything he uses on a regular basis, so we have a pretty good stock here. I read a long time ago that you shouldn't keep meds in the bathroom cabinet (too damp) and this keeps all out of the reach of visiting children as well.
The next two shelves are for towels and linens. Nothing else belongs here.
These two shelves are for table linens, pillow cases, and washcloths. Obviously they need some work.
I took the above pictures on Wednesday and didn't take the follow up pictures until Friday. I really didn't need to do much on the top two shelves. Moved one thing up from another shelf and moved one item out.
The second set of shelves are pretty sparse, as it's the end of the week and I am behind on laundry too. However, I didn't want to delay this blog any longer. There was a load of towels going in the washer when I took this picture. There are bed linens on the second shelf.
I am happy that I got the table linens all folded and put away. I had a pile of folded linens sitting in a laundry basket for quite a while. There are piles of dark table cloths on either side of the ones you can see in the middle of the shelf.
I also found some things to donate to the vets. They are going to be in my neighborhood on the 27th, which is perfect timing because I will have just finished my decluttering that weekend.
Wednesday, October 15, 2014
Three more beads move from the left to the right this week.
I just got done with work at about 10:15. The task blog is going to have to wait until tomorrow.
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