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Author: ThyPeace Big red star, 1000 posts Old School Fool Add to my Favorite Fools Ignore this person (you won't see their posts anymore) Number: of 37181  
Subject: Cupboards Date: 1/4/2013 10:51 AM
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My house has been causing me anxiety and "itchiness" lately, a sure sign that I have not decluttered and reorganized enough. I have too much out on surfaces and not enough put away, which often means that it's time to look inside the storage to find out why I can't put things away.

I recently cleared out the cabinet where I keep cookbooks (and random other objects -- binoculars, loose change container, lunchboxes, tape, etc.). I donated a dozen cookbooks and an old lunch box, and over the course of several weeks I rolled up all the loose change and took more than $40 to the bank to re-deposit.

Last night's effort was the snack cupboard. It's a tall, narrow cupboard in the middle of the kitchen where we keep tea, hot chocolate, crackers, dried fruit, and other snack foods. The bottom shelf is DD's candy cache, the very top shelf is where I stashed my Christmas candy (I can't see it up there, so rarely remember it...). There were six or seven half-empty boxes of various snacks, a bunch of half-empty boxes of tea, and lots of empty containers where those things are supposed to live. I didn't actually toss any of the food, as none of it was expired, but got rid of lots of packaging and extra material. Now I can actually find my tea!

And boy, I have a lot of kinds of tea. I am going to try to use a lot of it before I buy any more boxes. I found kinds I'd forgotten I have. Unfortunately, I don't drink caffeine anymore, so some of them are going to be tough to use up, but many were already caffeine free. I do wonder why I have two tins of loose English breakfast tea, though. One of those should probably go....

ThyPeace, needs to figure out how to store things that DD needs regularly, but not every day. She forgets if it's out of sight...
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