So the purge begins! 😀 I’m going to try and remember taking before and after pictures of spots that I purged at my apartment. In addition to that, I’m going to count the number of items that I get rid of one way or another.
I began with an item group that surely is my weakness – cookbooks. I counted, I actually have forty cookbooks. FORTY! Jeez. No one needs forty cookbooks. I actually keep my faves in the kitchen, but those that I don’t keep in the kitchen, I went through them all. So I ended up selecting 14 books that I’m going to get rid of. I simply sent the pic to everyone I know and I managed to get rid of all but three. Probably going to donate the rest. There are still too many left but some of them I actually want to read and have it as a kitchen table book. I’m sure there is going to be a second round to the cookbook purging but this time around, I am quite happy with the progress. And maybe I should justify me keeping the books by actually making one recipe from each book, now that I’m stuck inside with so much time to make each meal from scratch. Total items purged: 14.
Let’s move on. And then comes my cleaning closet, which is so fucking messy and full that I couldn’t even make my vacuum cleaning fit, so I had to keep it in the leaving room in the corner and I absolutely hated it. I’m one of those who believes that every item should have a home in the house, and that is really the key to keeping a tidy place. In other words, my vacuum cleaner has been homeless for as long as I’ve owned it, and it was time to do some cleaning out. I threw away bags, empty containers and half-empty boxes and simply moved things around into an order that makes sense and doesn’t require me to get a ladder. I am short so I usually keep higher cabinets empty. I emptied so much stuff out that I got my vacuum cleaner to fit inside the cleaning closet, where it belongs. ❤ Couldn’t be happier. Total items purged: 26.
Next was the little cabinet above my cookbook shelf, which is actually a shelf designed for the microwave. But since I got L shape kitchen counters, I got myself a round microwave that’s designed for corners – which is usually a dead space. Anyways, I got rid of a bagful of junk, mostly accessories and lids for dozens of take-out cups and such and I haven’t touched the bag since I moved, so I don’t think I would need any of them. Total items purged: 32.
And then onto my cooking oils, vinegar etc cabinet. I threw away spices and sauces that had expired and moved things to the front in the middle shelf so I can reach them easily. I managed to elevate the middle shelf slightly so that on the bottom shelf I can fit tall bottles of vinegars, oils and soy sauce. Now they make a lot more sense and I don’t have to keep tall bottles in somewhere else. There were so many pouches of expired spices hiding in higher shelves that I didn’t even remember I had. Total items purged: 25.