You may have noticed that I am taking my time on this Kickstart to Clutter Free eCourse. The duration of the course is 14 days, but there are no rules saying you have to complete the course in fourteen consecutive days.
So, what are we tackling on Day 5? The kitchen cupboards...
At first glance, I was thinking (and you might be thinking), "Hmm, the cupboards aren't too bad." But once I started getting into the one set of cupboards next to my oven, I knew I was in trouble.
I pulled everything out, shelf by shelf, and was so surprised when I found items with dates like this:
Yes, you are seeing that correctly. An unopened box of graham crackers with a best used date of August 2014!!
One thing I am remembering during this course, I am not the only one who lives in this house. But I have to take some responsibility for the things that come into my house. I do 99% of the grocery shopping. Which means I should be checking the refrigerator and cupboards before I go shopping. Yes, I did throw away opened boxes of things. You know the ones with just a few crumbs at the bottom that nobody ever finishes (still can't figure out why this happens!)
But with better planning on my part, I can avoid dumping this much stuff from my cupboard:
And needless to say, I was able to clear out more than 25 items from my cupboards. After doing a bit of moving some things around, the cupboard next to my oven now looks like this:
There is actually empty space now!
Since going through this one set of cupboards took a bit of time, I may tackle the baking and spice cupboards on another day. But next up will be the kitchen drawers...
Be sure to check into Kathi's Kickstart to Clutter Free eCourse if you are wanting to tackle your clutter for good!