Tuesday, March 30, 2010

More Results of my Organizing Mood..... &......Spring, Oh, Spring!!!!

As I've told you before, my husband does most of the cooking. He does none of the cleaning! When he gets spices out of the cabinet, he doesn't put them back. He would always take out ten different spices to find one. So, I took all of the spices out of the two cabinets we had them in before. I threw away a bunch that were out of date. There were a couple of spices that had 2002 dates on them. We obviously didn't use them often. Here's what's left. They all fit in a drawer!!! This will mean that he can see, immediately, the spices he needs without having to take out others. It will be super easy to put them back, as well.

These are the cabinets that did house the spices. All of this stuff was in them, too, along with all those spices. No wonder he had to take out 10 spices to find just one!!! I also threw away all of the plastic containers that didn't have lids and all the lids that didn't have containers to match. That left me with very few, but I'm sure I'll collect more.

I also cleaned out the large closet in my bathroom and all of the drawers in my vanity. I threw out lots of STUFF. I took some STUFF to the nursing home, like the conditioner that comes with my hair color,(I never use it), like lotion and small bottles of hotel shampoo, etc..... I always bring those home because we actually pay for them. I used to give them to a lady who took stuff to a Ronald McDonald house, but I don't ever see that lady anymore. There's a lot of folks at the nursing home who have no family members who supply them with toiletries, and the nursing home buys the really cheap stuff, so they will enjoy what I took.
I've been taking clothes that my mom no longer wears for some of the folks who don't have much. Some of them have to wear really stained worn out clothing. I'm getting ready to go through my Mother-in-law's clothing, too. She has a lot of things she can no longer wear. A friend of mine just brought us a LOT of her Mother-in-law's clothes. She died about 2 1/2 years ago, and her husband is just now able to part with her things. They are really nice. I'm picking out a few things for my mom and MIL, but most are going to the nursing home. If they can't use all of them, I'll take them to another charity here in town (the one I made the auction dress for).

The following are just some SPRING photos that I took around our house yesterday! I love forsythia!!!!!

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Sewconsult said...

Great job! I need a clean out of my spices, too. My pantry has become a burden at the moment. I need to do pitching when Dear Hubby is home. Your Forsythia looks great. Mine are not doing this well. I think they need a good pruning after they bloom.
Beckie in Brentwood, TN

dikisdersi said...

They look very beautiful flowers. very beautiful yellow flowers.

gwensews said...

I cleaned out my spice cabinet a couple of weeks ago, and found 3 unopened jars of Coriander! And, I don't know why I have such an obscure type herb. Much less 3 jars! At all.

beangirl said...

Forsythia always reminds me of my dear dear grandmother who passed away about fifteen years ago. She also loved loved loved forsythia (yours is amazing!).

Marydon Ford said...

Sounds like you went on a 'tear' like I did in the kitchen ... love the drawer idea ...

Your spring has sprung ... it is beautiful!

Happy Easter!
Have a beautiful week ~
TTFN ~ Hugs, Marydon

Michelle said...

Great job organizing! I really need to do the same...in my kitchen, in the sewing room, the closets...oh, just thinking about it I need a nap!

Jackie said...

I need to think about organizing my spices face up in a drawer. I've edited what I had but never managed to solving finding what I/we need quickly.

Love your spring pics!

Sares said...

Ah the joys of cleaning! It looks like you still have plenty of spices left for your husband to cook with.
How very generous of you to think to donate to the nursing home, I am sure it is greatly appreciated.
Thanks so much for stopping by for a visit today and have a great week!

Rettabug said...

Very pretty photos of your beautiful spring flowers, Julia! I'm impressed with your organizing streak, too. I need to do that around here! Spring Cleaning!

Jeannie B. said...

Julia, I love your daffodils!! You are really cleaning up everything. Organization posts make me want to clean up things!

m&em said...

Wow. I wish I had your energy. Your spring pictures are lovely. Have a Happy Easter.

mickey said...

I had to make a new space for our spices, too--- my son is in culinary school and when he wants to cook at home he just goes out and buys whatever he needs without checking to see if we already have it. Most of my regular spices are in duplicate now!
I love your spring flowers-- I miss the beautiful forcythia that was at my childhood home. It was so large we made a playhouse under her long, drapey branches!

fabricartist21 said...

Sure love all your flowers and you need to come to my place and do some spring cleaning. LOL Yes I will send you a tutorial on how to make a simple t-shirt quilt if you would like me too. This one is not finished yet as It needs borders. I have another one to make for this same person.

Cathy {Tinniegirl} said...

Doesn't it feel great to have a big clean out. I love doing that. It frees up space for lots of new things to arrive.

Kim said...

wow- don't know how I missed this post-but you are really cleaning! It looks so great- I bet it feels great too! I envy that forsythia bush- I have to figure out why mine won't bloom for me- it gets gorgeous leaves, but only a few flowers. Maybe the soil? Love the spring pictures!!!

Ladydy5 aka: Diane Yates said...
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Ladydy5 aka: Diane Yates said...

Boy are you brave to show your cabinets for all to see. Spices, ah! they do stay long don't they. I just hate to throw anything out.
Now lets see your "catch all

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