I got something done today in the area of decluttering! Yea me!!
I've really wanted to make an effort all month, but I have been packing in the activities. I've also made working out a priority too. As a result, I have not gone as far as I would like with decluttering. That is until today. I decided to tackle my spice cabinet. Most of them are in the right side of that upper lazy susan in the cupboard down there.
Down below there in that open space is where I usually put my tea kettle, but it was on the stove today. Usually that top section is pretty full.
I poured out all expired items, rinsed out containers that could be recycled. I cleaned the shelf and the containers all the spices were sitting in (cake pans re-purposed). Then it all went back in. I found one item to donate (a mushroom shaped garlic press, that I never use). I moved those red cups above to my laundry cabinet where I'm now storing paper goods.
|The end result!|
Look closely above. Do you see those metal lids on the spices in the jars? I wrote the name of the spice on the top with a Sharpie so I can tell easier which spice is which!! Genius of me, I think.
On the lower shelf, shown above, I only pulled out the months old half box of cereal. It was not expired, but I wasn't sure when I bought it, so it went. The bin with the green lid holds seldom used kitchen utensils, which I still use just very rarely. I keep them out of my way on a daily basis this way. I think I need a smaller container though!
The next pictures are only after pictures of the lazy susan on the other side of the kitchen, where I primarily keep baking items. I found expired powdered sugar, baking powder and baking soda. All tossed, with extras already on hand. So even better!! I also tossed some salt that seemed really old as well. Does salt even go bad?
For just wanting to tackle the spices on the one shelf, I got a lot more done. It took very little time. Even better all the jars and boxes out for recycling will be picked up tomorrow!
I now have three spices that were expired that I need to replace before I make the always requested pumpkin pie! Do you have a certain time of year to go through your spices? It seems just before the holiday baking time would be perfect.