After a no-fun day of homeschooling, Gabe called from work and said, “Hey, let’s go to a Metro Park and shoot some family photos really quick and then go out to eat so you don’t have to cook.” I said yes please. So we did.
Amidst much bickering (on the way to the shoot, during the shoot, on the way to Culver’s, during our meal, on the way home), he got some really good shots of us looking like we love each other. I’m so thankful to be married to a photographer/web designer/thoughtful, caring guy.
And I can’t wait to print a couple hundred of these out to take to Cambodia. We learned on our last trip that one of the cheapest, most treasured gifts you can give a new Khmer (Cambodian) friend is a photo of your family.
p.s. Gabe used a tripod and a timer and ran into the photo in like 4 seconds. It’s fun to watch. Check out the rest of the photos here.
Back to purging. Fun times, fun times! Tonight I made myself clean out two kitchen cupboards that have been bugging me for awhile but I never want to take the time to fix them.
The one is a floor-level cupboard left of the fridge. Its contents include: a slow cooker, a crockpot, an electric skillet, a big pot for boiling ears of corn, 3 big plastic popcorn bowls, some 9×13 pans, 2 tablecloths for painting, a huge assortment of plastic containers, and a ton of plastic grocery bags.
The grocery bags are an embarrassment, because they represent all the times that I forgot to take my re-usable bags to the grocery store. Boo. Why do I not just keep them in the van at all times?? I know, because that would involve actually putting them back in the van after each time I use them.
The plastic containers are also an embarrassment. They come from the lunch meat I buy for Livi’s lunches. I would much rather buy my meat “fresh” from a deli and bypass the container, but I shop almost exclusively at ALDI and Marc’s and neither one has a deli. Hmmm…
I took everything out of the cupboard, wiped it down (spilled coffee grounds everywhere?), put the big stuff back, matched up containers with lids, threw mateless ones in the recycling bin, and set aside several to pack breakables in for Cambodia. I used some plastic bags to pack some books I’m mailing tomorrow and put the rest in the basement with my packing supplies.
Oh my word. Am I boring you?!?
The second cupboard holds an assortment of bagged snacks (we don’t have a pantry), thermal totes (we had 12!), a relish tray, a box of cookie cutters, some plant food (?), oats, a bottle of ABC sauce (yum!), some paper plates, and some nasty onions.
Honestly, it’s all still out on the floor (in my defense, Gabe was trying to watch Lost on Netflix, and I was being too loud). I got rid of some old bags of mostly crumbs, SIX thermal totes (the girls all got new Thirty-One totes from my sister for their b-days, so I got rid of their old ones + some freebies we’ve acquired over the years). And the onions.
I’m debating whether I need all my 9×13 pans (and one 8×8 I never use). Over the years I’ve gotten rid of lots of kitchen stuff that was just collecting dust. Wok, rice cooker (both awesome ideas, but I never made them happen), cappuccino maker, food chopper, extra bread and pie pans, weird utensils…
I still have a few cupboards to go.
I’ve been trying to tame my desk lately too, but it’s having none of it.
And then there’s the basement. Ugh.
How about you? What are your clutter trouble spots? Any great tips for keeping them neat and squeaky?