|New Home for fruit|
|An abundance of plastic containers|
There were also some lids with no containers. How did that happen? A second category, pots and pans, also produced lids with no pans. So out they went. Baking pans, cupcake pans were in residence. Wait a minute, we don’t bake anymore, and besides some of those pans were in a condition I wouldn’t want to bake in. Out they went. A lovely simple ceramic tea pot, a cheerful ceramic pitcher, a salad bowl, all nice things that we haven’t used in years, out they went. I’m on a roll!
The donation boxes filled quickly. When DH arrived home from his day out and about, he claimed the large plastic containers (in like-new condition) for his beloved workplace, Pisgah Astronomical Research Institute (PARI) where they often have to find storage solutions for food after events. It feels good to know that some of the things we no longer need can be used by someone who does need them.
Cookbooks were another category to pare down. I used to buy cookbooks in the hope it would make me a better cook. The problem is that I would have to actually use the cookbooks and try recipes to improve my cooking skills. Not going to happen. I kept about half of the books on my one shelf and donated the rest. The keepers are subject to further reduction at a later date. If I could only keep one cookbook, it would be my old, trusty Joy of Cooking. I've had it since 1966, and it’s still my go-to book for almost everything.
|Pantry for dry foods|
With everything out in full view, and before putting things into the donation boxes, I was able to take stock and ask myself, “How do I feel?” I feel amazed that there is so much; I’m blessed with abundance. Not feeling wasteful, really, because there’s so much to share and people who could use these things. I feel relieved because I no longer have to be the “steward” of so many things, and because I don’t have to search through so many things to find the one I want. I feel lighter. I feel very tired.
|A manageable number of plastic containers|
At the end of day two, DH took donations to the thrift store and put boxes to go to PARI in his car; we put things away in their cupboards; the food has a new “pantry” space (one of the cabinets that contained so much of the plastic containers as well as a cabinet that already contained dry foods).
The job still is not finished, though. There are four drawers that didn't get emptied out and culled. And, the dining room, open to the kitchen, still needs to be assessed. The cloth goods—pot holders, towels, dish cloths, napkins, placemats, coasters, etc.—still need to be looked at and Homes designated for those we keep.
I feel like this is the home stretch. I can see the end (I think). One more day should do it (I think).
It’s a good thing that, for the first few days of the year, we had no scheduled plans or events or appointments. It’s a good thing that DH was willing to participate in my project and help in ways I needed help. Almost done with the kitchen, yea!