Above is the spice cabinet I previewed the other day. Here is what it looks like now. I painted the inside of the door with Chalkboard paint. This is where I tend to hang recipes and notes anyway. I found new homes for a few things, placed everything into categories and grouped like items. Total cost: About $1.oo worth of chalkboard paint.
As I continue to organize I don’t plan to buy any “new” items to organize or decorate with. I will look around my home first, I probably already have everything I need. Secondly, I will hunt thrift stores with lists for items I need.
For this I just went on a quick scavenger hunt for containers to store things in. I used a box and I cut down the sides, a disposable pan I had used to bake with, and Tupperware that had seen better days or had no lid. I also added a few things to an ever-growing “Donate” section which is now taking over my basement. I am just fine with using what I already have around the house as organizational tools. A bonus to this method is that when the mood strikes you to organize you don’t have to wait a go to the store for supplies. Dive right in. It only takes one trip to the store for me to lose motivation or become distracted with a new project.
It is never out of mind when I am heading to the garbage can that maybe this “thing” can be used for something else. I don’t however stockpile things to a point where I can build a wall out of yogurt containers I have kept on hand “just in case.” I try to find the balance.
- If the item can be used by someone else I pass it along; give, donate, sell
- If I can use it in a new way that is beneficial to me (ie. disposable bake pan turned storage compartment) I do.
- Only after that do I just throw it out.
I have a portion of a shelf in my kitchen cabinet to store small reusable containers. Right now that is mostly baby food jars. I give away my surplus but, as I have these on hand I am finding more and more uses for them.
I have a bag near our recycling bin to keep larger reusable items. If I don’t come up with something to use them for in a reasonable time they go into the bin.
Pairing down all this stuff room by room, drawer by drawer feels great! Simplifying to achieve my goals. A greener, intentional, simplified life.
Words Worth Repeating
Simplify with me, you will be so glad you did.