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  1. #21
    Ophelia Guest

    Default Re: Kitchen is clean and de-cluttered!


    "Julie Bove" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    news:jkrjps$uil$[email protected]..
    >
    > "Lou Decruss" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    > news:[email protected]..
    >> On Mon, 26 Mar 2012 17:40:24 +0000 (UTC), tert in seattle
    >> <[email protected]> wrote:
    >>
    >>
    >>>I dislike cleaning and decluttering.

    >>
    >> i'd rather clean than de-clutter.

    >
    > I have since learned over the years. People who don't cook know I like to
    > cook and are continually buying me useless gadgets that they assume I will
    > like. It is a lot of those sorts of things I got rid of. I guess I was
    > being like my grandma. She would assume that the person who gave her the
    > item might come into the house and notice it wasn't there. She kept the
    > things she didn't want in a closet and would put them out just before the
    > person was coming to visit. I finally realized that there is no reason to
    > even bring such things into the house. Now when I get that stuff I just
    > put it in the giveaway box. The most recent thing was a microwave potato
    > chip maker. Which I thought was odd because I have never been known to be
    > a potato chip eater. Once in a while I will eat some but I would never go
    > out of my way for them. And I certainly wouldn't bother to try to make
    > them in the microwave.


    I don't think anyone would dare buy me gadgets I had a massive clearout
    some time ago and I love the space and ease of cleaning.
    The hardest thing to de-clutter was not my gadgets, but my books! But ..I
    don't miss any of them! I kept my absolute favourites and I am happy with
    them. My children were not too impressed because although they have been
    away for years, my house was storage !!!! It is surprising how they don't
    need 'stuff' any more now that they have to take it home)

    --
    http://www.shop.helpforheroes.org.uk/


  2. #22
    Nancy Young Guest

    Default Re: Kitchen is clean and de-cluttered!

    On 3/26/2012 1:40 PM, tert in seattle wrote:
    > Julie Bove wrote:
    >> We got rid of quite a bit of stuff.


    > I dislike cleaning and decluttering.
    >


    (laugh)

    nancy


  3. #23
    Krypsis Guest

    Default Re: Kitchen is clean and de-cluttered!

    On 27/03/2012 8:24 AM, Julie Bove wrote:
    > "tert in seattle"<[email protected]> wrote in message
    > news:[email protected]..
    >> Julie Bove wrote:
    >>> We got rid of quite a bit of stuff. I had 4 potato mashers. 5 if you
    >>> count
    >>> that giant Amish type that I got some years ago. I actually kept it
    >>> because
    >>> I think it is funny. And it can be useful if I am making a ton of
    >>> potatoes.
    >>> I found something that appears to be a cake or pie server. I have no
    >>> clue
    >>> where it came from. Maybe it was a gift. It is certainly nothing I
    >>> would
    >>> ever buy. Tons of whisks. I rarely ever use whisks. And 5 sets of
    >>> tongs.
    >>> I bought those for a birthday party. Also had some of those large, clear
    >>> disposable serving spoons, again bought for a party.
    >>>
    >>> We also had several cheap plates and serving dishes bought for various
    >>> parties or backstage at recital. And a bunch of divided trays that I
    >>> thought would be fun to use when we eat our food outside. And they are,
    >>> but... They are more designed for little kids. They have too many
    >>> compartments on them for them to be useful to us unless we are doing one
    >>> of
    >>> those clean out the refrigerator days where everyone gets two bites of a
    >>> leftover. And we rarely ever do that sort of thing. Little kids love
    >>> trays
    >>> like that but we have no little kids who come to the house. Those things
    >>> are cheap at Walmart. No sense keeping stuff that we no longer use.
    >>>
    >>> Got rid of a lot of old plastic containers. I think those things just
    >>> multiply in our cupboards. There are always the ones with no lids or the
    >>> lids with no containers. And then there were the things that sounded
    >>> good
    >>> at the time. The tomato keeper, the onion keeper. I also had some sort
    >>> of
    >>> slicer. I think it was for eggs or mushrooms. Never used.
    >>>
    >>> I even got rid of my food processor! I was going to use it tonight to
    >>> prep
    >>> the veggies for the meatloaf only to discover that not only was the blade
    >>> beginning to rust but it looked like the rust had seeped down into the
    >>> plastic. It was a cheap one. Hamilton Beach I think. The Big Mouth
    >>> kind.
    >>> I needed a food processor when I was on that raw vegan diet. But now? I
    >>> rarely use it.
    >>>
    >>> I had a Magic Bullet that I bought on clearance at Costco last summer.
    >>> Box
    >>> never opened. Now I had to use it. It didn't work quite as well on some
    >>> of
    >>> the veggies. Particularly the onion. There were still big pieces in
    >>> there
    >>> that I just attacked with the kitchen shears. But it worked amazingly
    >>> well
    >>> on the spinach so long as we put some V8 juice in there. I have had to
    >>> modify my recipe since we can no longer use some of those herbs, the flax
    >>> seeds or the oats. I have seasoned it with salt, pepper, parsley and
    >>> oregano but there are plenty of onions in it. Have mixed in ketchup and
    >>> will be covering the tops (making individual ones) with HoMade chili
    >>> sauce
    >>> (yes, I know there will be comments on that). Have used a small amount
    >>> of
    >>> potato flakes in lieu of another starch. Yes, I could have used bread or
    >>> cracker crumbs and I will do that next time if this doesn't work. But I
    >>> screwed up and bought a box of potato flakes that expire in April. My
    >>> bad.
    >>> I just bought them too. I want to use them up.
    >>>
    >>> I actually didn't have to throw out much food today. I have been trying
    >>> to
    >>> keep on top of it but... Daughter found enough canned/jarred goods in
    >>> the
    >>> cupboard a couple of weeks ago to fill a paper grocery sack. Some of
    >>> that
    >>> was her fault. She insisted that we stock up on things that only she
    >>> would
    >>> eat. And then she quit eating them. Yes, I know some canned goods are
    >>> fine
    >>> to use beyond the pull date but we opted not to. Winter is over
    >>> (hopefully)
    >>> and we no longer fear being snowed in for a week. So I can buy most of
    >>> these things as needed. We will still buy some things at Costco.
    >>>
    >>> Husband will be home for good in July, assuming he finds another job here
    >>> locally. He will be retired from the military. There! I said it again.
    >>> Retired. As in will be having probably TWO retirement parties. They
    >>> will
    >>> have one for him in CA and we will be having another for him here. So
    >>> once
    >>> he is home, buying things at Costco will not be a problem. When my
    >>> daughter
    >>> and I are home alone we seem to eat far more lightly.
    >>>
    >>> Ah, my timer is going off. Must go take the cooked down veggies which
    >>> hopefully have now cooled and put them in the meatloaf mix for tomorrow.
    >>>
    >>> Tonight's dinner will be my own creation. Sort of a small calzone but
    >>> with
    >>> no cheese inside. Just some seasoned ground beef with perhaps a touch of
    >>> thick pizza sauce to help hold it together. And pizza sauce to dip it
    >>> in.
    >>> Yep. My pizza sauce expires next month. For the next week or two we are
    >>> buying minimal groceries and mainly concentrating on consuming what we
    >>> have
    >>> in the house already. Particularly the freezer. Because it needs to be
    >>> defrosted. So off I go, to mix!

    >>
    >> I dislike cleaning and decluttering.

    >
    > Me too but it's necessary.
    >
    >

    Me three!

    I'm trying to declutter my home office at the moment. A lot of the stuff
    needs to be tossed out but it's hard to make those decisions sometimes.

    I am starting to apply the rule that if I haven't used something for ten
    years, it's obvious I don't need it.

    A lot is old technology stuff that is obsolete. Maybe it will have some
    historical value in the future but right now it's creating clutter.
    Tossed out one of my G3 iMacs and lent the other to a friend. Moved my
    G5 to the room where the G3 once sat. Now I "almost" have a clean desk
    in my office but I still have 4 computers here, 2 of which I cannot toss
    out because they belong to my employer.

    OB Food

    We have bought some new furniture and one of the items was a buffet unit
    which contained all our glassware and similar sundry items. The new
    buffet has much less shelf space so we needed to cull some of it. My
    wife has been busying herself with that, gave away some, stored some
    valuable items and tossed the rest into the rubbish.

    Seeing she was on a roll, my wife decided to go through the kitchen
    cupboards, the pantry and the hallway cupboards as well. Found quite a
    few unused items in all these places. One was a juicer that we can't
    even remember acquiring. We had used it once I think. Gave that away.

    Tossed out a lot of storage canisters, the type that people give you as
    presents. Some were still in the original boxes ... unopened. You only
    need so many storage canisters! Also tossed out a lot of kitchen
    nicknacks, little "useful" utensils that might be handy if they weren't
    always stored out of sight. We don't have enough room to have everything
    ready to hand so a lot of it had to go.

    Gave the old bulky buffet unit to a friend whilst the TV and HiFi
    cabinets went to the next door neighbour. We now have a nice decluttered
    lounge and dining room which makes them look much more spacious than
    they really are.

    Now ... how to convince my wife that she will never need all of her pots
    and pans! There are a few I'd like to surreptitiously take outside and
    dispose of without her knowing. Hasn't used them in ages but won't part
    with them for some reason yet she complains about me hoarding stuff! Go
    figure!

    The crockery and cutlery areas could do with some rationalisation as
    well. Our plates seem to be remnants of many sets accumulated over 40+
    years since we were married. We'd be lucky to make a complete setting of
    4 with any of them. The cutlery drawer is no different. Some of the
    forks, knives and spoons date back to the late 50s, hand me downs from
    my parents. They will be harder to dispose of owing to a degree of
    sentimental value but, since they don't form anything resembling a
    complete set, I'll need to be realistic and go out and buy a nice
    complete NEW set. Was looking at one a few weeks back, a nice setting
    for 8, neat style. Didn't buy it and now the store no longer has them.
    Opportunity missed!

    --

    Krypsis

  4. #24
    Krypsis Guest

    Default Re: Kitchen is clean and de-cluttered!

    On 27/03/2012 11:36 PM, Ophelia wrote:
    >
    > "Julie Bove" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    > news:jkrjps$uil$[email protected]..
    >>
    >> "Lou Decruss" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    >> news:[email protected]..
    >>> On Mon, 26 Mar 2012 17:40:24 +0000 (UTC), tert in seattle
    >>> <[email protected]> wrote:
    >>>
    >>>
    >>>> I dislike cleaning and decluttering.
    >>>
    >>> i'd rather clean than de-clutter.

    >>
    >> I have since learned over the years. People who don't cook know I like
    >> to cook and are continually buying me useless gadgets that they assume
    >> I will like. It is a lot of those sorts of things I got rid of. I
    >> guess I was being like my grandma. She would assume that the person
    >> who gave her the item might come into the house and notice it wasn't
    >> there. She kept the things she didn't want in a closet and would put
    >> them out just before the person was coming to visit. I finally
    >> realized that there is no reason to even bring such things into the
    >> house. Now when I get that stuff I just put it in the giveaway box.
    >> The most recent thing was a microwave potato chip maker. Which I
    >> thought was odd because I have never been known to be a potato chip
    >> eater. Once in a while I will eat some but I would never go out of my
    >> way for them. And I certainly wouldn't bother to try to make them in
    >> the microwave.

    >
    > I don't think anyone would dare buy me gadgets I had a massive
    > clearout some time ago and I love the space and ease of cleaning.
    > The hardest thing to de-clutter was not my gadgets, but my books! But
    > ..I don't miss any of them! I kept my absolute favourites and I am happy
    > with them. My children were not too impressed because although they have
    > been away for years, my house was storage !!!! It is surprising how they
    > don't need 'stuff' any more now that they have to take it home)
    >

    I have a large collection of books and I am now going through them.
    Every month or so, I get in the mood for a book cull. The technical
    stuff is easy - 10 years or so and everything referred to is obsolete -
    except for cookbooks of course. I have a lot of books on psychology from
    when I was at Uni. Given the advances in the field, some stuff in them
    will be obsolete but a significant amount won't be. Will give them to
    the local library. Cookbooks are my wife's domain so I won't dare touch
    them, just pressure her to sort them out!

    --

    Krypsis

  5. #25
    Krypsis Guest

    Default Re: Kitchen is clean and de-cluttered!

    On 27/03/2012 11:28 PM, Ophelia wrote:
    >
    > "Lou Decruss" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    > news:[email protected]..
    >> On Mon, 26 Mar 2012 17:40:24 +0000 (UTC), tert in seattle
    >> <[email protected]> wrote:
    >>
    >>
    >>> I dislike cleaning and decluttering.

    >>
    >> i'd rather clean than de-clutter.

    >
    > I would rather de-clutter than clean No clutter makes cleaning so much
    > easier
    >

    Well, to be honest, you end up doing both. After the declutter, you can
    see all that grime that was previously hidden.

    --

    Krypsis

  6. #26
    Ophelia Guest

    Default Re: Kitchen is clean and de-cluttered!


    "Krypsis" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    news:jksgfv$fhi$[email protected]..
    > On 27/03/2012 8:24 AM, Julie Bove wrote:
    >> "tert in seattle"<[email protected]> wrote in message
    >> news:[email protected]..
    >>> Julie Bove wrote:
    >>>> We got rid of quite a bit of stuff. I had 4 potato mashers. 5 if you
    >>>> count
    >>>> that giant Amish type that I got some years ago. I actually kept it
    >>>> because
    >>>> I think it is funny. And it can be useful if I am making a ton of
    >>>> potatoes.
    >>>> I found something that appears to be a cake or pie server. I have no
    >>>> clue
    >>>> where it came from. Maybe it was a gift. It is certainly nothing I
    >>>> would
    >>>> ever buy. Tons of whisks. I rarely ever use whisks. And 5 sets of
    >>>> tongs.
    >>>> I bought those for a birthday party. Also had some of those large,
    >>>> clear
    >>>> disposable serving spoons, again bought for a party.
    >>>>
    >>>> We also had several cheap plates and serving dishes bought for various
    >>>> parties or backstage at recital. And a bunch of divided trays that I
    >>>> thought would be fun to use when we eat our food outside. And they
    >>>> are,
    >>>> but... They are more designed for little kids. They have too many
    >>>> compartments on them for them to be useful to us unless we are doing
    >>>> one
    >>>> of
    >>>> those clean out the refrigerator days where everyone gets two bites of
    >>>> a
    >>>> leftover. And we rarely ever do that sort of thing. Little kids love
    >>>> trays
    >>>> like that but we have no little kids who come to the house. Those
    >>>> things
    >>>> are cheap at Walmart. No sense keeping stuff that we no longer use.
    >>>>
    >>>> Got rid of a lot of old plastic containers. I think those things just
    >>>> multiply in our cupboards. There are always the ones with no lids or
    >>>> the
    >>>> lids with no containers. And then there were the things that sounded
    >>>> good
    >>>> at the time. The tomato keeper, the onion keeper. I also had some
    >>>> sort
    >>>> of
    >>>> slicer. I think it was for eggs or mushrooms. Never used.
    >>>>
    >>>> I even got rid of my food processor! I was going to use it tonight to
    >>>> prep
    >>>> the veggies for the meatloaf only to discover that not only was the
    >>>> blade
    >>>> beginning to rust but it looked like the rust had seeped down into the
    >>>> plastic. It was a cheap one. Hamilton Beach I think. The Big Mouth
    >>>> kind.
    >>>> I needed a food processor when I was on that raw vegan diet. But now?
    >>>> I
    >>>> rarely use it.
    >>>>
    >>>> I had a Magic Bullet that I bought on clearance at Costco last summer.
    >>>> Box
    >>>> never opened. Now I had to use it. It didn't work quite as well on
    >>>> some
    >>>> of
    >>>> the veggies. Particularly the onion. There were still big pieces in
    >>>> there
    >>>> that I just attacked with the kitchen shears. But it worked amazingly
    >>>> well
    >>>> on the spinach so long as we put some V8 juice in there. I have had
    >>>> to
    >>>> modify my recipe since we can no longer use some of those herbs, the
    >>>> flax
    >>>> seeds or the oats. I have seasoned it with salt, pepper, parsley and
    >>>> oregano but there are plenty of onions in it. Have mixed in ketchup
    >>>> and
    >>>> will be covering the tops (making individual ones) with HoMade chili
    >>>> sauce
    >>>> (yes, I know there will be comments on that). Have used a small
    >>>> amount
    >>>> of
    >>>> potato flakes in lieu of another starch. Yes, I could have used bread
    >>>> or
    >>>> cracker crumbs and I will do that next time if this doesn't work. But
    >>>> I
    >>>> screwed up and bought a box of potato flakes that expire in April. My
    >>>> bad.
    >>>> I just bought them too. I want to use them up.
    >>>>
    >>>> I actually didn't have to throw out much food today. I have been
    >>>> trying
    >>>> to
    >>>> keep on top of it but... Daughter found enough canned/jarred goods in
    >>>> the
    >>>> cupboard a couple of weeks ago to fill a paper grocery sack. Some of
    >>>> that
    >>>> was her fault. She insisted that we stock up on things that only she
    >>>> would
    >>>> eat. And then she quit eating them. Yes, I know some canned goods are
    >>>> fine
    >>>> to use beyond the pull date but we opted not to. Winter is over
    >>>> (hopefully)
    >>>> and we no longer fear being snowed in for a week. So I can buy most of
    >>>> these things as needed. We will still buy some things at Costco.
    >>>>
    >>>> Husband will be home for good in July, assuming he finds another job
    >>>> here
    >>>> locally. He will be retired from the military. There! I said it
    >>>> again.
    >>>> Retired. As in will be having probably TWO retirement parties. They
    >>>> will
    >>>> have one for him in CA and we will be having another for him here. So
    >>>> once
    >>>> he is home, buying things at Costco will not be a problem. When my
    >>>> daughter
    >>>> and I are home alone we seem to eat far more lightly.
    >>>>
    >>>> Ah, my timer is going off. Must go take the cooked down veggies which
    >>>> hopefully have now cooled and put them in the meatloaf mix for
    >>>> tomorrow.
    >>>>
    >>>> Tonight's dinner will be my own creation. Sort of a small calzone but
    >>>> with
    >>>> no cheese inside. Just some seasoned ground beef with perhaps a touch
    >>>> of
    >>>> thick pizza sauce to help hold it together. And pizza sauce to dip it
    >>>> in.
    >>>> Yep. My pizza sauce expires next month. For the next week or two we
    >>>> are
    >>>> buying minimal groceries and mainly concentrating on consuming what we
    >>>> have
    >>>> in the house already. Particularly the freezer. Because it needs to
    >>>> be
    >>>> defrosted. So off I go, to mix!
    >>>
    >>> I dislike cleaning and decluttering.

    >>
    >> Me too but it's necessary.
    >>
    >>

    > Me three!
    >
    > I'm trying to declutter my home office at the moment. A lot of the stuff
    > needs to be tossed out but it's hard to make those decisions sometimes.
    >
    > I am starting to apply the rule that if I haven't used something for ten
    > years, it's obvious I don't need it.
    >
    > A lot is old technology stuff that is obsolete. Maybe it will have some
    > historical value in the future but right now it's creating clutter. Tossed
    > out one of my G3 iMacs and lent the other to a friend. Moved my G5 to the
    > room where the G3 once sat. Now I "almost" have a clean desk in my office
    > but I still have 4 computers here, 2 of which I cannot toss out because
    > they belong to my employer.
    >
    > OB Food
    >
    > We have bought some new furniture and one of the items was a buffet unit
    > which contained all our glassware and similar sundry items. The new buffet
    > has much less shelf space so we needed to cull some of it. My wife has
    > been busying herself with that, gave away some, stored some valuable items
    > and tossed the rest into the rubbish.
    >
    > Seeing she was on a roll, my wife decided to go through the kitchen
    > cupboards, the pantry and the hallway cupboards as well. Found quite a few
    > unused items in all these places. One was a juicer that we can't even
    > remember acquiring. We had used it once I think. Gave that away.
    >
    > Tossed out a lot of storage canisters, the type that people give you as
    > presents. Some were still in the original boxes ... unopened. You only
    > need so many storage canisters! Also tossed out a lot of kitchen
    > nicknacks, little "useful" utensils that might be handy if they weren't
    > always stored out of sight. We don't have enough room to have everything
    > ready to hand so a lot of it had to go.
    >
    > Gave the old bulky buffet unit to a friend whilst the TV and HiFi cabinets
    > went to the next door neighbour. We now have a nice decluttered lounge and
    > dining room which makes them look much more spacious than they really are.
    >
    > Now ... how to convince my wife that she will never need all of her pots
    > and pans! There are a few I'd like to surreptitiously take outside and
    > dispose of without her knowing. Hasn't used them in ages but won't part
    > with them for some reason yet she complains about me hoarding stuff! Go
    > figure!
    >
    > The crockery and cutlery areas could do with some rationalisation as well.
    > Our plates seem to be remnants of many sets accumulated over 40+ years
    > since we were married. We'd be lucky to make a complete setting of 4 with
    > any of them. The cutlery drawer is no different. Some of the forks, knives
    > and spoons date back to the late 50s, hand me downs from my parents. They
    > will be harder to dispose of owing to a degree of sentimental value but,
    > since they don't form anything resembling a complete set, I'll need to be
    > realistic and go out and buy a nice complete NEW set. Was looking at one a
    > few weeks back, a nice setting for 8, neat style. Didn't buy it and now
    > the store no longer has them. Opportunity missed!


    Doesn't it feel good when loads of 'stuff' is gone? By the time I had
    finished my big de-clutter (it will always be ongoing btw) I was on first
    name terms with the staff at the charity shop)

    --
    http://www.shop.helpforheroes.org.uk/


  7. #27
    Ophelia Guest

    Default Re: Kitchen is clean and de-cluttered!


    "Krypsis" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    news:jksh03$ifk$[email protected]..
    Cookbooks are my wife's domain so I won't dare touch
    > them, just pressure her to sort them out!


    Dunno if pressuring works .... just try to infect her with the 'decluttering
    bug' )

    Good luck)

    --
    http://www.shop.helpforheroes.org.uk/


  8. #28
    Ophelia Guest

    Default Re: Kitchen is clean and de-cluttered!


    "Krypsis" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    news:jksip5$36o$1@dont-em[email protected]..
    > On 27/03/2012 11:28 PM, Ophelia wrote:
    >>
    >> "Lou Decruss" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    >> news:[email protected]..
    >>> On Mon, 26 Mar 2012 17:40:24 +0000 (UTC), tert in seattle
    >>> <[email protected]> wrote:
    >>>
    >>>
    >>>> I dislike cleaning and decluttering.
    >>>
    >>> i'd rather clean than de-clutter.

    >>
    >> I would rather de-clutter than clean No clutter makes cleaning so much
    >> easier
    >>

    > Well, to be honest, you end up doing both. After the declutter, you can
    > see all that grime that was previously hidden.


    True, but that only needs to be done (in depth) once. Really easy to keep
    up after that

    --
    http://www.shop.helpforheroes.org.uk/


  9. #29
    Brooklyn1 Guest

    Default Re: Kitchen is clean and de-cluttered!

    On Tue, 27 Mar 2012 04:51:09 -0700 (PDT), Bryan
    <[email protected]> wrote:

    >On Mar 27, 12:39*am, "Julie Bove" <julieb...@frontier.com> wrote:
    >> "Lou Decruss" <LouDecr...@biteme.com> wrote in message
    >>
    >> news:[email protected]..
    >>
    >> > On Mon, 26 Mar 2012 17:40:24 +0000 (UTC), tert in seattle
    >> > <t...@ftupet.com> wrote:

    >>
    >> >>I dislike cleaning and decluttering.

    >>
    >> > i'd rather clean than de-clutter.

    >>
    >> I have since learned over the years. *People who don't cook know I like to
    >> cook and are continually buying me useless gadgets that they assume I will
    >> like. *It is a lot of those sorts of things I got rid of.

    >
    >So, you're saying that you have a lot of stupid friends.


    At least Julie has friends, Bwrrryan.

  10. #30
    Nancy Young Guest

    Default Re: Kitchen is clean and de-cluttered!

    On 3/27/2012 10:57 AM, Ophelia wrote:

    > Doesn't it feel good when loads of 'stuff' is gone? By the time I had
    > finished my big de-clutter (it will always be ongoing btw) I was on
    > first name terms with the staff at the charity shop)


    I went through that process a number of years ago and the place
    gets messier at first, then you start taking the piles of stuff
    you don't need/forgot you had/blah blah to the thrift shops.

    It's amazing how things accumulate. Feels great to have drawer
    and closet space back and to be able to find things easily when
    you need them.

    Especially in the kitchen I'm reluctant to add anything unless
    I have a spot for it or it's replacing something I already have.

    And you're right, you have to keep up with it, or you're back
    where you started.

    nancy

  11. #31
    Ophelia Guest

    Default Re: Kitchen is clean and de-cluttered!


    "Nancy Young" <replyto@inemail> wrote in message
    news:4f71db24$0$28135$[email protected]..
    > On 3/27/2012 10:57 AM, Ophelia wrote:
    >
    >> Doesn't it feel good when loads of 'stuff' is gone? By the time I had
    >> finished my big de-clutter (it will always be ongoing btw) I was on
    >> first name terms with the staff at the charity shop)

    >
    > I went through that process a number of years ago and the place
    > gets messier at first, then you start taking the piles of stuff
    > you don't need/forgot you had/blah blah to the thrift shops.
    >
    > It's amazing how things accumulate. Feels great to have drawer
    > and closet space back and to be able to find things easily when
    > you need them.


    Oh yes My Grandmother's saying has become a mantra ....' A place for
    everything and everything in its place' )

    > Especially in the kitchen I'm reluctant to add anything unless
    > I have a spot for it or it's replacing something I already have.
    >
    > And you're right, you have to keep up with it, or you're back
    > where you started.


    I am militant about this) I just love all the extra space, knowing where
    everything is and cleaning is a breeze. And the all kids storage 'stuff' is
    gone) Heh they got over it Suprising how 'stuff' that they really
    needed to keep, isn't so important when they have to store it in their own
    houses ))

    --
    http://www.shop.helpforheroes.org.uk/


  12. #32
    Bryan Guest

    Default Re: Kitchen is clean and de-cluttered!

    On Mar 27, 10:02*am, Brooklyn1 <Gravesend1> wrote:
    > On Tue, 27 Mar 2012 04:51:09 -0700 (PDT), Bryan
    >
    >
    >
    >
    >
    >
    >
    >
    >
    > <bryangsimm...@gmail.com> wrote:
    > >On Mar 27, 12:39*am, "Julie Bove" <julieb...@frontier.com> wrote:
    > >> "Lou Decruss" <LouDecr...@biteme.com> wrote in message

    >
    > >>news:[email protected] ..

    >
    > >> > On Mon, 26 Mar 2012 17:40:24 +0000 (UTC), tert in seattle
    > >> > <t...@ftupet.com> wrote:

    >
    > >> >>I dislike cleaning and decluttering.

    >
    > >> > i'd rather clean than de-clutter.

    >
    > >> I have since learned over the years. *People who don't cook know I like to
    > >> cook and are continually buying me useless gadgets that they assume I will
    > >> like. *It is a lot of those sorts of things I got rid of.

    >
    > >So, you're saying that you have a lot of stupid friends.

    >
    > At least Julie has friends, Bwrrryan.


    Stupid ones.

    --Bryan

  13. #33
    Brooklyn1 Guest

    Default Re: Kitchen is clean and de-cluttered!

    "Ophelia" wrote:
    >"Lou Decruss" wrote:
    >> tert in seattle wrote:
    >>
    >>>I dislike cleaning and decluttering.

    >>
    >> i'd rather clean than de-clutter.

    >
    >I would rather de-clutter than clean No clutter makes cleaning so much
    >easier


    Agreed. I absolutely detest pack ratting. Some people never discard
    anything, I know someone who saves all his family's old
    toothbrushes... I know an old toothbrush can come in handy for
    scrubbing small crevaces like around a sink faucet but no one needs
    like hundreds. My father was a pack rat, he saved every jar and
    coffee can he ever emptied, his basement was crammed full of totally
    useless items, his garage was so full of crap he couldn't fit his car
    in.. I've seen where people have so much garbage in their garage it's
    over flowing that they can't close the door. I had an aunt who had
    every square inch of wall space in her house covered with small
    picture frames containing photographs of people long dead. I don't
    like to display photos of dead people, those belong in albums. I
    don't store anything in my kitchen that I don't use at least a few
    times a year, extra knives etc. are stored in my basement. And my
    basement is a very empty space, some who see it say they would kill to
    have all that storage. I hate clutter.

  14. #34
    George M. Middius Guest

    Default Re: Kitchen is clean and de-cluttered!

    Bryan wrote:

    >> >> I have since learned over the years. *People who don't cook know I like to
    >> >> cook and are continually buying me useless gadgets that they assume I will
    >> >> like. *It is a lot of those sorts of things I got rid of.

    >>
    >> >So, you're saying that you have a lot of stupid friends.

    >>
    >> At least Julie has friends, Bwrrryan.

    >
    >Stupid ones.


    They're more trouble than they're worth. Julie just gave an example --
    a useless gift you have to pretend to like and then keep in sight for
    a year or so.



  15. #35
    tert in seattle Guest

    Default Re: Kitchen is clean and de-cluttered!

    Nancy Young wrote:
    > On 3/26/2012 1:40 PM, tert in seattle wrote:
    >> Julie Bove wrote:
    >>> We got rid of quite a bit of stuff.

    >
    >> I dislike cleaning and decluttering.
    >>

    >
    > (laugh)
    >
    > nancy


    heh


  16. #36
    Dave Smith Guest

    Default Re: Kitchen is clean and de-cluttered!

    On 27/03/2012 12:21 PM, Brooklyn1 wrote:


    >
    > Agreed. I absolutely detest pack ratting. Some people never discard
    > anything, I know someone who saves all his family's old
    > toothbrushes... I know an old toothbrush can come in handy for
    > scrubbing small crevaces like around a sink faucet but no one needs
    > like hundreds. My father was a pack rat, he saved every jar and
    > coffee can he ever emptied, his basement was crammed full of totally
    > useless items, his garage was so full of crap he couldn't fit his car
    > in.


    My father save stuff, but he was surprising well organized about it. We
    had to lay off teasing him when he once repaired an small engine with a
    ball bearing that he has had in a tool chest for close to 30 years.

    My wife is reluctant to throw things out. She clips out newspapers
    articles and pins them up or leaves them sitting on a table or
    sideboard. It wasn't worth fighting about so I stopped complaining.
    Instead, I just wait until she wasn't around and throw them out. She
    never misses them.

    A friend of hers is pretty bad. She moved into her parent's house after
    her mother died. The mother had been a pack rat. The whole family is.
    Her plan was to go through her mother's papers, books, magazines etc. I
    was going to say that it has 5 years, but come to think of it, it's
    closer to 10. She has not cleaned anything out of there. She has brought
    more it. It was about two years ago that some assessor was coming to
    look at the house and she had to clear a trail to the two rooms at the
    end of the hall.

    Their yard is a mess. There are two old camper trailers that have been
    in the driveway and have not moved for more than 20 years. Last year a
    tree branch fell on them and semi flattened both trailers. She and her
    brother put tarps over them, and they are still there. There is also a
    utility trailer made from an old pickup truck and it has been sitting
    there with a load of stiff to go to the dump.... for about 10 years.
    The are pieces of lawn furniture strewn about, a small shed, also
    damaged from branches falling on it.

    I feel sorry for the neighbours. There are nice houses will well
    maintained yards on both sides and across the street. And this place
    looks like a dump... literally.



    n

    .. I've seen where people have so much garbage in their garage it's
    > over flowing that they can't close the door. I had an aunt who had
    > every square inch of wall space in her house covered with small
    > picture frames containing photographs of people long dead. I don't
    > like to display photos of dead people, those belong in albums. I
    > don't store anything in my kitchen that I don't use at least a few
    > times a year, extra knives etc. are stored in my basement. And my
    > basement is a very empty space, some who see it say they would kill to
    > have all that storage. I hate clutter.



  17. #37
    sf Guest

    Default Re: Kitchen is clean and de-cluttered!

    On Tue, 27 Mar 2012 15:41:58 -0400, Dave Smith
    <[email protected]> wrote:

    > My wife is reluctant to throw things out. She clips out newspapers
    > articles and pins them up or leaves them sitting on a table or
    > sideboard. It wasn't worth fighting about so I stopped complaining.
    > Instead, I just wait until she wasn't around and throw them out. She
    > never misses them.


    Everybody should have a "keep your cotton picking hands off my stuff
    area". Husband has commandeered the kitchen table as a desk and it's
    covered with bills and other "business" that comes in the mail. We
    haven't eaten there in years. We eat in the dining room or in the den
    in front of the TV (I'll eat in front of the computer) - although
    there are lots of meals I'd rather eat in the kitchen.

    Anyway, maybe that's her "not worth fighting about" thing. I know my
    husband thinks he's putting one over on me when he throws my stuff out
    and has the same "she never misses them" attitude (but I do). I just
    don't fight about it. I replace the things I need to use for
    something or other and that's that. Everybody wins. He thinks he's
    put one over on me, I have what I want/need.

    --
    Food is an important part of a balanced diet.

  18. #38
    Julie Bove Guest

    Default Re: Kitchen is clean and de-cluttered!

    Bryan wrote:
    > On Mar 27, 12:39 am, "Julie Bove" <julieb...@frontier.com> wrote:
    >> "Lou Decruss" <LouDecr...@biteme.com> wrote in message
    >>
    >> news:[email protected]..
    >>
    >>> On Mon, 26 Mar 2012 17:40:24 +0000 (UTC), tert in seattle
    >>> <t...@ftupet.com> wrote:

    >>
    >>>> I dislike cleaning and decluttering.

    >>
    >>> i'd rather clean than de-clutter.

    >>
    >> I have since learned over the years. People who don't cook know I
    >> like to cook and are continually buying me useless gadgets that they
    >> assume I will like. It is a lot of those sorts of things I got rid
    >> of.

    >
    > So, you're saying that you have a lot of stupid friends.


    No. My friends don't buy me kitchen things unless I have specifically asked
    for them. The relatives buy me the kitchen things.



  19. #39
    Julie Bove Guest

    Default Re: Kitchen is clean and de-cluttered!

    Brooklyn1 wrote:
    > "Ophelia" wrote:
    >> "Lou Decruss" wrote:
    >>> tert in seattle wrote:
    >>>
    >>>> I dislike cleaning and decluttering.
    >>>
    >>> i'd rather clean than de-clutter.

    >>
    >> I would rather de-clutter than clean No clutter makes cleaning so
    >> much easier

    >
    > Agreed. I absolutely detest pack ratting. Some people never discard
    > anything, I know someone who saves all his family's old
    > toothbrushes... I know an old toothbrush can come in handy for
    > scrubbing small crevaces like around a sink faucet but no one needs
    > like hundreds. My father was a pack rat, he saved every jar and
    > coffee can he ever emptied, his basement was crammed full of totally
    > useless items, his garage was so full of crap he couldn't fit his car
    > in.. I've seen where people have so much garbage in their garage it's
    > over flowing that they can't close the door. I had an aunt who had
    > every square inch of wall space in her house covered with small
    > picture frames containing photographs of people long dead. I don't
    > like to display photos of dead people, those belong in albums. I
    > don't store anything in my kitchen that I don't use at least a few
    > times a year, extra knives etc. are stored in my basement. And my
    > basement is a very empty space, some who see it say they would kill to
    > have all that storage. I hate clutter.


    I fear all the work I will have to do when my parents die. My dad is an
    extreme pack rat. When something breaks, he will throw it away but first he
    salvages all the parts. Every screw and nut that was on it. Wheels.
    Anything he thinks might be useful in the future. Of course they parts
    never seem to fit anything else. He has them all labeled and in the garage.
    There is all sorts of stuff in there. They also don't believe in expiration
    dates so they have tons of old stuff.

    As for the toothbrushes, we always get them from the dentist. But we don't
    use that kind. The dentist himself said the battery operated brushes are
    better. So I collect them in a box and every so often we empty the box and
    take them to the food bank. I might keep one in case I need to clean
    something like you said.



  20. #40
    Julie Bove Guest

    Default Re: Kitchen is clean and de-cluttered!

    Ophelia wrote:
    > "Julie Bove" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    > news:jkrjps$uil$[email protected]..
    >>
    >> "Lou Decruss" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    >> news:[email protected]..
    >>> On Mon, 26 Mar 2012 17:40:24 +0000 (UTC), tert in seattle
    >>> <[email protected]> wrote:
    >>>
    >>>
    >>>> I dislike cleaning and decluttering.
    >>>
    >>> i'd rather clean than de-clutter.

    >>
    >> I have since learned over the years. People who don't cook know I
    >> like to cook and are continually buying me useless gadgets that they
    >> assume I will like. It is a lot of those sorts of things I got rid
    >> of. I guess I was being like my grandma. She would assume that the
    >> person who gave her the item might come into the house and notice it
    >> wasn't there. She kept the things she didn't want in a closet and
    >> would put them out just before the person was coming to visit. I
    >> finally realized that there is no reason to even bring such things
    >> into the house. Now when I get that stuff I just put it in the
    >> giveaway box. The most recent thing was a microwave potato chip
    >> maker. Which I thought was odd because I have never been known to
    >> be a potato chip eater. Once in a while I will eat some but I would
    >> never go out of my way for them. And I certainly wouldn't bother to
    >> try to make them in the microwave.

    >
    > I don't think anyone would dare buy me gadgets I had a massive
    > clearout some time ago and I love the space and ease of cleaning.
    > The hardest thing to de-clutter was not my gadgets, but my books! But ..I
    > don't miss any of them! I kept my absolute favourites and I
    > am happy with them. My children were not too impressed because
    > although they have been away for years, my house was storage !!!! It
    > is surprising how they don't need 'stuff' any more now that they have
    > to take it home)


    I got rid of most of my books last year. I only kept a few reference type
    books, really old books and some cookbooks. With the Internet now there is
    no need for books. Not for me anyway.



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