Once I decided to edit some of my kitchen, I couldn't wait for the weekend. I went into a whirlwind of activity and severely edited my spice cabinet, my refrigertor freezer, and my pantry. Out went herbs and spices that were past their use by date; out went appliances that were purchased with good intentions but never used (I'm not yet done with this task); and out went things that didn't belong in the first place; and out went long-forgotten frozen items. I can now actually see everything in my kitchen. My spices are neatly arranged in two rows that are easily accessible - the most used in the front, the occasionally used in back. I even moved some items out of the upper shelves and was able to organize my canned goods in a way that made more sense. I've grouped all my dried foods together in the pantry - pastas, noodles, rices, beans, etc. - and consolidated a few duplicates. My next step in the kitchen will be to begin using up those items that have been around a while and I keep forgetting to use.
While I was on this mission, I also tackled some of my reading. I have a habit (good or bad, I'm not sure) of having several books and magazines going at once. Every now and then the clutter gets to me and I make an effort to finish up several items I've started. I worked on this a bit today, finishing one of the best books I've read in a long time. (That's another blog post waiting to happen.) Now I'm down to my school books, a daily devotional, and the next novel that I'm going to read. Yes, more room to breathe.
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