Decluttering the Pantry (And Breakfast Nook)

Decluttering the Pantry (With a Webisode) at ASlobComesClean.com

It was time for a pantry clean-out.

Summer, how I love thee. Summer, how you cause havoc in my home.

Actually, it was time for a whole-house clean-out. When things get crazy around here, it’s time to declutter. Some people might just call it “cleaning up” but it helps me to think of it as decluttering.

It’s the only way I know to get some traction going.

I started in the kitchen because it’s visible. It’s a place where people actually go. Where I can’t seem to keep them from going . . .

I’m not sure how these pictures are SO bad, but I’ll share anyway.

Now, if you know how I roll, you know that a pantry doesn’t technically count as a visible space. And I have to start with visible spaces or Doorbell Time comes and I’m not ready because the linen closet is organized but the living room furniture is loaded up with randomness.

BUT, in order to declutter the breakfast nook next to the pantry, I had to clear out space in the pantry.

So I did the easy stuff. And the first of the easy stuff was the trash.

Trashing the Trash in the Pantry Cleanout at ASlobComesClean.com

Like the now-stale bags of chips and the wrapping from that Costco-sized pack of mac-and-cheese.

And the tea.

Undrinkable Tea at ASlobComesClean.com

Ugh. The tea. That probably wasn’t even purchased with a coupon. I honestly don’t even know where it came from, but whoever put it there failed to see that it was supposed to be refrigerated. Since I don’t drink tea (my grown up taste-buds haven’t come in yet), I didn’t notice the bottles for a very long time. And once I did notice, I didn’t move them.

Ugh.

They’re gone now.

I also went through the pantry finding expired and empty boxes. I was determined to ONLY focus on trash, but things like this couldn’t be overlooked:

Cleaning up the spilled honey at ASlobComesClean.com

The top of the picture is where I wiped up spilled honey. The bottom of the picture was the icky shelf I couldn’t ignore while I had a wiping-up-cloth in my hand.

Once I made room in the pantry, I was able to clear the floor.

Cleaning out the Pantry and Breakfast Nook at ASlobComesClean.com

In the end, the pantry looked ever-so-much better.

After purging the pantry of trash at ASlobComesClean.com

I know. I didn’t do a good job of taking pictures. But I did make a video:

Click here to see the video if it isn’t showing up for you.

 

Oh. You’re wondering when the last time was that I cleaned out my pantry? I’m pretty sure it was right before a national news crew came to my house.

 

 

--Nony

Nony Starts Using Grown-Up Glasses (And Declutters Her Kitchen Cabinet in a Webisode)

Nony Gets Grown-Up Glasses and Declutters Her Kitchen Cabinet at ASlobComesClean.com

Oh, the layers of procrastination that exist in this project.

First, I received a lovely set of glasses for Christmas.

In 2012.

They were beautiful, appreciated, and perfect.

And they sat in the bottom of my kitchen pantry for the next eight months . . .

In the box.

Even though I was glad to have them, there was the whole matter of washing them.

Which meant an extra load of dishes!?!?!?

And putting them away.

Which meant decluttering my cabinet of all my mismatched (and totally lame) cups and glasses so there would actually be room?!?!?

Oh my. It was like the Perfect Procrastination Storm.

Then, over the summer, while I was on my blogging break, I made some of the world’s greatest cinnamon toast for my kids. They declared I MUST blog about it so children all over the world could enjoy it too. The picture was a little bleh, so I pulled out a single clear glass from the box, hand-washed it and filled it with milk to make the photo more interesting.

Once that glass was in the rotation, I saw that it immediately became a fought-over family favorite. Everyone loved drinking from the fancy (totally plain) glass cup, sans comic book characters.

It just felt . . . couth.  (Evidently, couth is not a word, even though uncouth is. Whatever, Webster. I’m usin’ it.)

So on the first day of school, as I was back to blogging and getting my house under control, I ran that single extra load of dishes and washed ALL of the glasses. And made a webisode. Which I just edited last weekend. Which was mid-October.

Click here if you can’t see the video.

Anyway, it’s done. We’ve been drinking out of fancy-schmancy glasses for almost two months now and life is good. We don’t miss our plastic cups, even the ones that caused Hubby to narrow his eyes at me when he saw them sitting in the donate box.

Plastic Cups Going Away at ASlobComesClean.com

Yes. We even got rid of our Disney cups. Wonderful memories, not-so-wonderful cups.

I accepted that they were the LAST cups we ever used. And the handles made them unstackable and difficult to store.

And that was basically how this project went. Overall, I followed my One In One Out rule. There simply was not enough room for us to have a full set of grown-up glasses and keep our hodge-podge of random cups. Pre-blog, I would have thought this meant we needed another cabinet. (Maybe a full-kitchen remodel.) Now I know it’s okay to part with a Hulk Hogan cup from the 80s. (No matter how much I love it.)

I used the box the grown-up glasses came in to safely pack up the glass glasses were donating. The plastic ones got piled on top.

After photo of cabinet with new glasses in it at ASlobComesClean.com

And there is the after picture. Yes. I kept a few favorite plastic cups and I’m glad. My ice melts too quickly in the glasses.

 

Click Here to See More DeclutterTV at ASlobComesClean

--Nony

Decluttering the Boys’ Bookshelf

Decluttering the Boys' Bookshelf at ASlobComesClean.com

We take a break from our regularly scheduled programming to bring you this Decluttering Webisode with two special guest stars.

(Please be warned that if you only have girls, this may be disconcerting to watch. Video contains excessive loudness, goofiness, mild cartoonish violence and fake bodily function noises.)

(If you’re reading via email, click the title of the post to get to the blog so you can view the video.)

The kids were out of school on Friday.  Fun Mom took them to the park to enjoy a warm and sunny January day.  (Seriously.  We’re in Texas.)  But before she took over, Good Mom made them declutter their bookshelf.

Their insanely messy bookshelf.

And Slob Blogger Mom made a webisode of it.

We asked three questions:

#1:  Did you love this book?

The Ones We Kept

#2: Did you love it enough to read it again?

The books (and other random stuff) we donated.

#3: Would you recommend it to your brother or sister?

The ones we saved for our sister.

It was a wild and wacky morning. 

We decided to pitch things they didn’t even know they had (one of my decluttering questions!), they took random non-book things to their homes immediately (another one of my strategies), and in the end we got rid of a wholelotta books.

Now that the books we kept are visible and accessible, the faves are already being read again.

In case you’re a mom who is always looking for books for your boys, here are some of their favorites:

They both love the books in this series by Dan Gutman.  A boy goes back in history and meets baseball players.  They devoured every one they could find last summer.

They also love the Hardy Boys books, this one especially.

And . . . this is the one mentioned frequently in the webisode.  They love it.

And my 11yo LOVES this one:

Oh. And this one.

Which . . . I just now realized is written by the same author as the baseball card series . . .

I could keep going.  I’m thankful they both love to read.

Do you find it difficult to declutter books?

Oh, and all the books on Amazon? They’re my affiliate links.

Click Here to See More DeclutterTV at ASlobComesClean

--Nony

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