Saturday, October 18, 2008

What's Cookin' In My Kitchen?

Nuttin, honey! Just more decluttering and simplifying.

This first picture is just to show you what I did with a beautiful hand crocheted doily I got from a dear friend for my birthday. I replaced the doily I had draped over the ugly head of my lamp with this new beautiful doily. Thank you Patty!
I know these pictures all look the same to you from one post to the next, but humor me, ok? There is a difference. The Pfalzgraff teapot you now see on the first shelf on the end of counter used to sit in the middle of my stove. I switched it with one that was sitting on the shelf prior to the switch (after I wiped the 'fuzzies' off of it). I also put away the blender and mixer which were sitting on the counter (and I never used) for a breadbox I found at the Salvation Army a few weeks ago. Now the bread and bagels don't have to live in the microwave and have to be removed each time we want to use it. I also found the stainless steel teapot which sits now on the bottom shelf, deep in the depths of one of the lower cupboards, so now it it out in the open. You can almost see the green teapot which sits on top of the counter next to the fake plant. It used to sit on one of the lower shelves too. I donated a small pitcher which sat in it's place. See my two shelves of cookbooks? Who uses cookbooks? They sure look pretty there though!Here is a better picture of the breadbox.
I took down all my pots and pans and de-furred them, and put them back up. I'll answer your question before you ask....nope...never use them. They are just for 'lookin'. Who cooks on their stovetop anymore? My microwave and oven get used more. We also use an electric counter top grill, and electric steamer. When I got my new stove, I bought it through my brother's work. We gave my old stove to my brother, and he gave it to his daughter. He told her, 'It's like brand new, because Michelle never cooks!' So why a new stove? (a few years ago now) Because I wanted a smooth top stove, and something more modern, and BLACK. I'm still itchin' to get a new BLACK refrigerator. My microwave and dishwasher are also BLACK. (Have you ever noticed how funny the word BLACK really looks? Especially when you look at it so many times in a very small space!) Hee hee! I must be getting tired. I'm punchy!
I also decluttered and organized my upper cupboards, but I didn't take pictures of each cupboard (I know you are all on your knees thanking God for THAT small favor! Don't lie! I know you are!)Have you noticed all the white Corelle pans I have? Most of them have the blue Cornflower design on them. Do you know why? When I was a little girl, before my dad died, (my folks were divorced) my daddy gave me a set of toy dishes, which included plates, utensils, pots and pans. They had the Cornflower design on them. I played with them all the time. I loved them. Although I don't have the toy dishes anymore, (four younger sisters) I can't let go of the Cornflower Corelle I have found at thrift stores. They remind me of my daddy. Do YOU have anything that reminds you of your childhood, or someone you loved very much that you just can't part with?Do you notice the incredible amount of Corelle bowls in our cupboard? We use them for just about everything, and that just makes us run our dishwasher less. Where did we get them all? NEED YOU ASK???I also cleaned out the cupboards above my refrigerator, which were full of cookbooks. I moved them all above my stove. I also 'dusted' my plant, and the top of my refrigerator.I also decluttered and weeded out my front entry closet, which is my 'anything and everything closet'.The tall kitchen waste container is for pop cans, as Iowa has the 5cent returnable can and bottle deposit.See, I have more boxes in the garage, full of cups, dishes, and all kinds of junk! There are actually four boxes ready to go, but you can't tell by the picture. Hopefully, a few more Fridays and I'll be finished. Thank God for donation centers!Thanks for all of you that 'hung with me' through another one of my 'decluttering' posts. God bless you. You are true friends! I have so many things to be thankful for!
'Simplify'.....
“Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more important than food, and the body more important than clothes? And why do you worry about clothes? See how the lilies of the field grow. They do not labor or spin. So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.

Matthew 6:25-34


2 comments:

Amelia said...

Oh Lady you have been busy with finding new homes for your collectibles...something all of us need to do from time to time.

Get rid of some things so you have room for new "treasures" is the way I look at it.

Enjoy the day.

Hazel said...

Your so funny cleaning the fuzzy's off the dishes are we LOL .I'm almost ashamed to say I use my stove ,I have a deal with hubby if I cook he'll clean the oven .He told me to slow down he has dish pan hands .poor baby LOL Now could you come clean my cupboards please .

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