• Decluttering,  Organization

    The Gadget Bucket

    This is what I call my “gadget bucket.” It contains the majority of tools I use when preparing food. It has become overgrown, so in the name of simplicity I am thinning it out today. Here are all of the items spread out so they can be seen better: This hodgepodge contains: 2 metal spatulas 2 sets of tongs hand…

  • Organization

    My Kitchen Table

    My kitchen table serves many purposes: staging area, food prep area, meal area (when we don’t eat at the bar), work desk and household hangout. As a result it seems to always stay cluttered. Right now the table contains my laptop, some external speakers from where we were watching a show on hulu this weekend, a book about The Secret,…

  • Organization

    Small Steps of Progress

    The knives weren’t as bad as I thought. There were only 2 that needed to be stored. The rest was composed of rubber spatulas I don’t ever use, some wooden spoons and miscellaneous items. All but one of the spatulas went into storage. If I don’t use the one in six months, they may all get tossed. With the two…

  • Organization,  Simplicity

    Paring Down the Kitchen

    Breakfast was homemade biscuits and sausage gravy, all from scratch. An inexpensive yet filling meal, one of the few that my daughter actually likes in this picky stage she is in…. My tub of flour is going down steadily. Part of me wants to use it all up then buy another large bag of flour, but I have been working…

  • Decluttering,  Organization,  Simplicity

    The Goal

    Okay, just wanted to clarify the goal here. The goal is not to buy more stuff to care for the stuff I have. Some things, like a magnet to hold my knives would be wonderful, but I have been unable to locate one locally. I would purchase one of those if I knew where to purchase it for it would…

  • Decluttering,  Frugality,  Organization,  Simplicity

    My Journey to Simplicity

    As a single mother, things have not always been plentiful. Add to that some unpleasant experiences from the past, and you create a packrat. I am that packrat. Several years ago during a rough spot in my life, engrossed in pain and self-loathing I began to throw stuff away. Enough stuff to almost fill the dumpster near my apartment. Then…

  • Organization

    Still Moving In

    Katie and I are still in the process of moving in. The heat has slowed the process down to a crawl but we are still making progress, however. The washer, dryer and refrigerator are here, as well as several loads of other things. I want to get the last two computers, the kitchen table, and some groceries today. Some friends…

  • Organization

    Katie’s new futon

    Here are some pictures of Katie’s new futon when she has it arranged in a chair. It gives her SO much more space than a traditional bed! I understand more and more why the Japanese are so fond of this method of sleeping! It just makes economical sense to allow one space to have multiple uses, rather than housing a…

  • Organization,  Simplicity

    Simplicity Side Effects

    I have noticed something as I work toward a more simple, minimal lifestyle.  Something that may sound silly or may make perfect sense. While simplifying my life and eliminating the dross a couple of things have happened. One, my house stays cleaner. I guess it is because there isn’t as much to clutter the areas now—to get rearranged or dusty,…