Oh, yes. We had to start sometime, didn’t we? With the organization posts? Because what is 2017 if not the perfect year to create a home that you absolutely love?
For us, that love starts with our cabinets. Every year. Well, not every year. Some years it’s our drawers. Or the pantry. But you get the idea.
This year, for me, it was the vitamin cabinet. Because I have every vitamin or supplement known to man. I’m just not great at following through with taking the entire bottle… But I’m better than my husband. Literally every new year he buys a 30-day supply of a swanky men’s multi at Whole Foods. And, every year, I chunk the expired bottle–with about 27 pills left in it. So now that’s done. Shew.
At our house, this year, the number was three. Three big, black contractor bags full of things that had to be thrown out and taken to the street. Nothing will make you vow to buy less stuff than seeing three bags of it on your sidewalk for 48 entire hours because you forgot that there was no trash pick up on Monday since it’s was NYD observed.
After the vitamin cabinet, it was the pantry. This is little Will’s favorite area to help with, so that’s kind of nice. He gets sidetracked pretty quickly by some old fruit snacks or something that he’s begging me to let him eat, but, until then, he’s really good at helping me line up all the glass jars just so. They all match, and it is my favorite thing to peek inside that perfectly organized pantry and see all of those clean, lined up glass jars. Sometimes I walk in there and look at them when I’m stressed. True story.
We actually use all of our spices, marinades etc. By “we” I, of course, mean my husband. I get on a cooking kick around January 3 and by about January 5 I’ve remembered how much I hate to cook and the job is turned over to him again. In fairness, he loves it. And if we have mustard, pickles and some nearly expired cumin in the house he somehow turns it into a magically delicious meal. Which is good because, incongruously, though I don’t do the cooking, I do the grocery shopping.
I love it because when I get home I get to spend time in my glorious pantry putting all the food away.
Since I’m not the cook, it would follow that the knives aren’t really my deal either. We didn’t even have to register for them because hubby had ALL the knives. We keep ours in a block way back on the counter away from little hands. You know, just in case. This would be a major hazard in our house, but it looks fabulous!
Dishes and serve ware are another area in which we pared down as much as possible this year.
You can just only eat and serve off of so many things, even if, like us, you’re a big fan of having parties.
Once you become acquainted with the things you use over and over again–and, more importantly, the things you don’t–this is an easier task. Still hard, because, you know, everything is suddenly full of memories. But easier when your cabinets look all streamlined and clean and nothing is flying out at you when you open the door.
Now this is pot storage. We love this and want it immediately.
Still on my list (and in my Joss & Main cart): getting those pull out sliders for all of my cabinets.
It is amazing how things just get lost forever in the back of those deep cabinets. Sliders make them so, so functional. I can’t wait to get mine!
Do you go on a decluttering binge at the beginning of the new year? Or are you one of those people who is so disciplined you don’t even have any clutter?
If you’re the latter, we are so jealous. Share your secrets with us! If you could use a little organization in your life tell us: where are you starting this year?
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Happy New Year, readers! We just wanted to thank you from the bottom of our hearts for all of your amazing support and encouragement over the past year. We love getting to know each and every one of you and can’t thank you enough for letting us be a part of your lives. It is a true pleasure! This year has been especially wonderful for me with the release of my first novel, and you can’t imagine how grateful I am to each of you who were so supportive. It was a dream come true, and would not have been nearly as successful without the support of all of our incredible blog friends. To celebrate a fabulous 2016 ahead, we thought we would share our top posts of the year. Happy reading! And, even moreso, best wishes for a very happy, healthy and prosperous 2016!