I worked some more in the kitchen today. As I’ve said before, finding a place for everything sounds nice, but it’s a LOT of work.
Like that stuff. A special thing to grill fish, and some fancy baking dishes. The problem? I don’t really bake. A little, but not special-pan kind of baking.
But I got grumpy when I came across my spring-form pan. Spring-form pans are cool. They make canned cinnamon rolls look fancy. And I have dreams of doing more baking . . . someday. I started feeling sorry for myself.
Do I really have to give up all of my dreams and throw away every single thing that I don’t use? I haven’t used the spring-form pan in years because I didn’t remember that I had it, and if I had, I probably wouldn’t have been able to find it.
Each of the unearthed items represents some great idea I had once. A dream of finding a perfect recipe and having just the right thing to make it in.
I’m willing to be realistic. I’m willing to throw away the things that are just slightly different from something I have that I do use. But I don’t want to give up all my dreams.
Then I kept decluttering and found that I actually had TWO spring-form pans. So I got rid of one, and kept one.
And you know what, when my cabinet looks like this:
I think I can justify keeping one spring-form pan. Look at all that room.
And yes, I’m keeping the cookie jar.
Is that a tart pan? I know a home that could one *coughcough*
Yep, it's a tart pan. And I've never made a tart.
2 Tramps says
Wow, I am doing the same thing you are right now! And I have nine springform pans. I haven't use one in about a year… But I will… I do very much understand your reluctance to let go of things. What I am doing is realizing that my "I'm a gonna" plans have changed as my interests have evolved. So I am going to try very hard to part with some things. But it won't be either of my rock tumblers – I still plan to do that! Good luck from a kindred spirit!
Lacy @ Catholic Icing says
You're so right! It's like, getting rid of the dress I NEVER wear means that for sure I'm just not the kind of person that wears cute sun dresses… and I SO want to be that person! It's hard to get rid of stuff, and I think you really hit the nail on the head here as to why. Great post!
Seriously, I think you are me. And you are making me understand myself better! Thank you!
I agree Shelly! It is like she lives in my head and blogs about it, lol!
I’ve been reading from the beginning for almost a week and even though I’ve wanted to comment several times before I’ve resisted just in case you figure out what I was gonna say or something even better in future (past) posts.
However, I can’t stop myself this time. Do you still have your cookie jar? Is it still in the cabinet? Guess what I figured out? Cookie Jars don’t have to just hold cookies! I just call mine the treat jar now because I’m not a regular cookie baker either. You have all those granola bars so you could totally call yours the granola bar jar or the candy jar. What I’m saying is you can totally give it a place of honor in the kitchen and use it for something other than cookies.
I use my cookie jar to hold spare keys and $2 bills!
doug bowden says
Let me know if you declutter the $2s! Lol
Brilliant! So doing this!
My oldest daughter just married last month and I was able to giver her some things I had trouble giving up but didn’t really use anymore. It was somehow very easy to pass them on to my daughter who had nothing yet, than giving them up to the mission store or goodwill. 🙂 In fact she just called up asking if she could have the electric griddle I never use. Why yes dear you sure can! LOL
Linda W says
I recently decluttered my kitchen again. I got angry with myself for keeping old appliances. They filled a large box that went to Goodwill. My two fondue pots went to my daughters.
The sidetracked sisters, call this caches, phantoms. The people you want to be, or even use to be. We had a phantom quilter, weight watcher, gardener, and cross stitcher.
Getting rid of those phantoms freed up the space, in our house, and in my head. Now I have room for the person I really am, right now. Whoever that is!
Looks great! But I’m curious what’s in the Pampered Chef box? I can’t tell you how many times I’ve done a kitchen party and the host pulls something out of her cabinet and says she’s never even opened it! I always laugh and say, Well let’s open it up & try it out!
Dana White says
I think it’s the cookie squeezer-outer!
I need to do this with my linen closet. It’s my only stand-alone closet in the house and it’s FULL of old ripped sheets and who knows what. REDICULOUS!!! The stupid part about it is the mop bucket in the bottom that my husband picked up at an estate sale and really wants me to use. It’s the thing in the closet that frustrates me the most because it “takes up valuable space.” Why don’t I get rid of everything else I the cabinet that is MY clutter instead of get annoyed with this one item he sees as useful? Maybe I’ll use the silly mop bucket if I get rid of enough stuff to be able to get it out.