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Clean Slate

I think I said I'd been reading Better Than Before, and I have a whole new set of thoughts about it this time around. Whenever I start to have a good idea about something, I always venture into the kitchen to clean the cupboards, it's a bit like the Flylady shiny sink. 

Today I asked for Dan's help, we work in very different ways so sometimes we clash about the best way to do things, other times we can really help each other by coming at a problem in a different way. Today he helped me to declutter some kitchen items that held sentimental attachment, along with some things that didn't and we just needed to make a decision. When everything fits neatly into a cupboard it can be harderfor me to justify getting rid of them as they aren't creating a mess, but they can still be clutter, and far better off going to someone who wants or needs them. 

We had rain yesterday, but this morning the sun is back, so apologies for the shadows on the pictures! 


This is the first sweep, some baking things, a bowl we bought from the charity shop when we made soap, two things to hold garlic (I rarely to never buy fresh garlic), two jugs, two huge beer glasses (a gift) and other bits and bobs.


Afterwards we found the lid to the red garlic pot, I knew it was somewhere and we were very pleased to find it before we took things to the charity shop. 




I used to use this pan all the time, but can't remember the last time. 


Then we had another look round and selected a couple of other items. Again these were things we liked, but didn't need or use. Two cute trays.


And some assorted utensils. I bought the jar opener from the charity shop fairly recently, but it just doesn't quite work for me. We have two pizza cutters so one can go, loads of bottle openers so the Guinness one is in the bag along with the corkscrew, we don't drink wine and I can't remember the last time we had guests who needed to use this one.


Feels very good to get this type of job out of the way before 9.30.

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  1. Its good to declutter now and again. I had a clear out of things in our kitchen early this month as we had new windows fitted in. Things I knew I wouldn't use, but knew my sister in law would, esp. as one of the nieces is going to University, so I had someone to pass it onto, but usually it would go to the charity shop. Your right, we have so many things that we do not use. We have to clear out our garage soon, and I have lots of stuff from when i ran the vegetarian cafe, I do not have the heart to part with them yet, not while we have the space in the garage, but if it was inside the house - i think they would have been gone. PS those trays are nice!

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    1. A great time to declutter your kitchen knowing your niece can benefit from some of your kitchen things.

      Clearing out our garage was one of the best things we've done, there's now plenty of space for storage, exercising, keeping my potting table, and storing the car. The only downside is that we occasionally have people park over the end of the drive, or people working on the house next door don't ask if they can put their ladders on our drive as they think we're not in.

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  2. Well done. I always feel cleaner after a good clear out. A nice feeling.

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    1. Thank you, it's a lovely feeling, I don't have many cupbpards so it's great to free up space and prevent those micro-annoyances when I have access issues.

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  3. That's a good clear out and agood way of sorting through , do you need it/ use it method. Have a good weekend xxx

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    1. It's a very useful method when you reach items that aren't really clutter, those times when you really have to make a decision and be honest about things. I really liked a lot of these items, but apparently not enough to use them, even on a semi regular basis.

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  4. Every time that I jettison something it feels as though I have lost a great deal of weight. There is still some way to go I aim to have nothing in the house that I do not use on a regular basis by the end of the year.

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    1. I feel just the same, that's a great aim, hope you achieve your goal.

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  5. Gosh, it must have felt good to have a good tidy and clear out. And before 9.30! You're a wonder woman. X

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    1. It was really good, especially as I had originally planned to just rejig the cupboards and didn't think we had anything we wanted to remove.

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  6. I always find kitchen things quite difficult as there have been times when I have got rid of something only to need it again. It is tempting now there is only the two of us to throw out more but then at Christmas and other get togethers there are seven of us and I need larger cooking dishes and extra plates.
    Not sure what the answer is.
    I am impressed though that you did it all by 9.30.

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    1. Thankfully I don't have children or anything like that so I don't need to cook for large gatherings, although if I had to I probably could with what we still have, shudder at the thought of having a houseful.

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  7. Nice work. I am afraid my decluttering has taken a backseat right now and it is something I really need to get back to doing.

    God bless.

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    1. This was an easy session really as it wasn't planned. It can be so draining when you know you have to go through things, it's a difficult process. Good luck when you do go back to it.

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  8. Good job. Especially for parting with things that you like but don't use. This can be difficult. I'm actually now starting to appreciate empty space in cupboards/drawers, not that I have much of it, but when I do I now appreciate it.

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    1. Thank you. Having Dan available on this occasion really helped to let a few things go. Having that breathing space in drawers and cupboards is wonderful for some reason.

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  9. I always dither about decluttering the kitchen, I can never make my mind up so keep it. I obviously need a better system. Good for you for being so strong.

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    1. Thank you. I think more than any other area the kitchen is the place where it's easy to fall into the I paid good money for that/ I might need it/ what if we have visitors/ it's pretty/ I might do more of that in future trap.

      Starting with multiples and single use items can be the easiest way in. I find that even if I have two identical items I'll have one that's my favourite which makes the decision easier.

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  10. You are SO good at decluttering- it makes me feel guilty!!! I am terrible. Well done for realising you didn't need it. I just always worry about things going into landfill!

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    1. Thank you. I think I'm lucky that I've worked in charity shops for such a long time I know what will sell and what won't. I take our stuff to different shops depending on what they sell. I know the kitchen bits will sell at my place, for example, we have a big box of utensils and we're always refilling it as it's so popular. Same with cables and wires, they're so popular!

      More unusual things I save up until we go to Manchester where I can drop them off at a shop in the Northern Quarter

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