I don’t know if I’ve ever mentioned this, but I’m short. Not kind of short, but really short. As in I haven’t been measured without shoes on in years and I’m still only 5′ 3/4″. Even standing on my tippy toes on my step ladder, I can just reach the edge of the top shelf of my pantry and the cabinets over my refrigerator. As a result, those spaces have turned into black holes. Every time I go to put something away up there, I kind of just shove it in and ignore whatever else is getting shoved around or tipped over in there.
Yesterday evening for my last step in cleaning out my kitchen, I decided to tackle those spaces. My Swiffer has a rubberized handle which helped me to kind of push things towards me, which I set out on the counters and table to sort: 3 water bottles, 3 thermoses of various sizes, some serving dishes, a never used butterfly covered tea set, an Easter basket, Christmas cookie tins, a selection of bento boxes, paper plates and napkins, plastic cups and silverware, disposable cake and pie tins, and a ridiculous array of empty glass jars. Not Mason jars, but random jars that I’ve emptied and saved just in case.
Water bottles were put on a lower shelf where I’ll use them more often, the tea set has been set aside to give to my niece for Christmas, a Goodwill box has been started with Easter basket and some thermoses, and a lot of jars went into the recycling bin. A few tall ones from oils and sauces got set aside for a future project and everything else was returned to the cabinets within reach. Mission accomplished and all within 30 minutes.
I completed my final project for clearing out my office on Tuesday by tackling my filing system. I have a tendency to save absolutely every single bill or statement, stack them on my desk, and let them accumulate for a few months. Then I spend an evening sorting them out, then shoving them into my filing drawer. It was about time to face that stack again, but my cabinet was about to explode. Since I have all my accounts online I can find copies of all these bills going back at least a year online, so I started to purge. Anything that’s got a digital version available got thrown into the recycling bin. All I kept is my account information so there’s a hard copy and of course all my important documents. Now I have plenty of space, and in case of a big emergency, i can grab my files and go.
To prevent this build up from happening again, I moved my office trash can to between my front door and the entry table. That way as soon as I get home I can toss in the junk mail and tear up the bills and statements, so they don’t even make it back to my office.
Next up on my simplify project, my kitchen!
The next step of tackling my office was to confront the closet in there. I had three main issues with my closet: gift bags and rolls of wrapping paper that I attempt to put on the shelf in there but knock them all down when I go to retrieve one, the craft supplies that I leave on the floor in their shopping bags, and the empty boxes that I just toss in there from packages I’ve received. In under an hour I transferred all gift wrapping supplies to a desk drawer, craft supplies were neatly packed in a Rubbermaid container that previously contained all my extra toiletries (yay for I Complete You!), and most of the boxes were collapsed and ready to be taken to recycling.Those boxes are now temporarily taking up space in my living room, as you can in this lovely artificially lit photo.
I did save 4 in case I ever ship anything (1 tiny, 1 small, 1 medium, and 1 large) and a bag of packing peanuts. While I haven’t taken any photos of the now mostly empty closet, I do have one more poorly lit photo of Falcor who wanted his picture taken.
I promise he’s normally white, not yellow.