Clean out those twist ties you have tucked away in a kitchen drawer. How many do you actually need and use regularly?
You know those little twists that you unwind to open a loaf of bread. Once you come to the end of the loaf you usually toss the tie into a kitchen drawer. Right? Have you counted how many of those little things you have lately? My guess is that you may have as many as 20! You could count out ten, keep those and toss the others in the trash.
What else do you see in that drawer? Cooking utinsels? Pencils? Pens? Loose change?
Is that your kitchen junk drawer?
Take a minute (keep a waste basket at your feet) and drop whatever is damaged or unusable into the basket on the floor. What is still in the drawer that doesn’t belong there? Put each like item in a pile, to be redistributed in its proper place in a few minutes. By now the drawer should be empty. Next, shake the empty drawer over the waste basket and wipe it out with a damp cloth. Now, it is ready to be reinserted into the cabinet and ready to be used again.
It is always a good idea to keep a junk drawer nearby. The trick is to clean it out once in a while.
Kitchen Clutter Collectors
- Plastic/paper bags
- Plastic utensils/paper plates
- Plastic storage containers
- Loose recipes/paperwork
- Children’s outdated art work
- Pots without matching lids
- Jars without lids/lids without matching jars
- Unsorted mail
- Kitchen used as a dumping ground for nonkitchen related items
You get the idea!
How do you regain your kitchen space?
Ask the family: Are they willing to put their belongings where they belong, rather than in the kitchen?
Please be sure to ask them if they are willing to help. Try very hard NOT to say, I have told you not to drop your stuff on the kitchen table, when you come in!
When you do that you only, once again, sound like a Drill Sargent, not a loving, caring person.
One of my favorite authors
If you are interested in the pioneer immigrants (1850s) heading west to Oregon, then you may love, All Together in One Place bhttp://amzn.to/2fnvyBm by Jane Kirkpatrick.
This was the first book by the author that I had read, back in 2000. It is the first in the Kinship and Courage series.
I have read almost all of her books. They truly resonate with me!
In July, 2004, I drove west to Douglas, WY and traveled over some of the original Oregon Trail. The Oregon Trail is only a few miles out of town.
Have you ever been so taken by the area in a book that you wished you could GO THERE? Well, Jane Kirkpatrick’s books about Oregon got my blood pumping and my imagination working overtime!
With a current copy (at the time), of America’s Best 100 Small Towns, I read about Douglas, WY. Today, I am still in touch with several of the friends I made while I lived and worked in that small, western town. Population 5000. I think they figured that I had just stepped off the stage. They sure had me pegged right! What a beautiful part of America!
“Once you learn to read, you will be forever free”. Frederick Douglas
Thanks for dropping by. Kathleen