10 Minute Tidy – My Cupboards – The Result

When The Frugal Girl posed the question

Do you want to clean out your kitchen cabinets with me? “

The answer was a resounding yes.

As someone with usually tidy and organised cupboards this happened over the Christmas holidays:

Not good.

10 minutes of tidying and voila:

How much better do I feel? Definitely worth 10 minutes of my time.

However I did uncover some mid-week waste:

In my defense these have been lurking a while, and I didn’t buy them. The vitamins etc… make an appearance if I ever mention to my Big Sis I’m feeling a bit under the weather. The Hot Chocolate I didn’t buy and there’s only a teaspoon left inside. The gravy browning (gifted) is only 3 years out of date (how did I miss that?), so it’s time to part company.

I’m now in the zone, decluttering fever is flowing through the veins. I’m hitting the understairs cupboard this afternoon. Second-Born is home so we’ll make a game of it me thinks.

How are your cupboards looking, do they need to shape up now we’ve rung in the New Year?

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Don’t forget I’m now posting daily on Facebook – I’m sure my understairs will make an appearance this PM (Oh the excitement!)

(ps – anyone notice the reduction in exclamation marks? After reading this post I’m trying my very hardest)

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  • Lauren January 11, 2012, 11:58 am

    Ooh, they look lovely now! My kitchen cupboards were attacked by Christmas as well.

    Think I need to reorganise, as I’m not happy with using the deep under sink cupboard for tin storage as I can’t see what’s in the back. So I might swap that and my baking cupboard, as the latter is mainly full of large kilner jars which I use to store ingredients. I can label the top of those easily (love my liquid chalk markers!) so would make better use of the space.

    Need to get some more large storage containers to group smaller things in the kitchen tools cupboard together as well. I think I have a random cookie cutter (don’t normally use rolled dough) trying to make an escape at the moment!

    • simplybeingmum January 11, 2012, 6:36 pm

      Cupboards at floor level pose a problem for me, I tend to never really get to the back of them so I try and keep them for cereal in large boxes (which you can’t miss) and emergency UHT milk and plastic bottles of juice etc…
      Here’s a question for you Lauren… flour…how do you store it? I’ve been taking mine out of the packet and storing in glass kilner jars or plastic airtight containers. I’m trying to eradicate the tiny things that can from time to time appear in it… it’s not always a problem, and I reckon they are coming home from the grocery shop in most cases!

      • Lauren January 11, 2012, 7:13 pm

        I’ve read that freezing flour as soon as you get it home will kill anything in it. You can then take it out and store as usual. And for that, Kilners all the way! I buy them whenever I see them on clearance in TK Maxx (sometimes filled with yummy things – bonus!) and have quite a good collection now. I prefer storing my food in glass, most plastic in this house is used to store stuff but even that is being slowly phased out for nice boxes. Or the stuff itself gets phased out. 🙂

  • Lauren January 11, 2012, 11:58 am

    Ooh, they look lovely now! My kitchen cupboards were attacked by Christmas as well.

    Think I need to reorganise, as I’m not happy with using the deep under sink cupboard for tin storage as I can’t see what’s in the back. So I might swap that and my baking cupboard, as the latter is mainly full of large kilner jars which I use to store ingredients. I can label the top of those easily (love my liquid chalk markers!) so would make better use of the space.

    Need to get some more large storage containers to group smaller things in the kitchen tools cupboard together as well. I think I have a random cookie cutter (don’t normally use rolled dough) trying to make an escape at the moment!

    • simplybeingmum January 11, 2012, 6:36 pm

      Cupboards at floor level pose a problem for me, I tend to never really get to the back of them so I try and keep them for cereal in large boxes (which you can’t miss) and emergency UHT milk and plastic bottles of juice etc…
      Here’s a question for you Lauren… flour…how do you store it? I’ve been taking mine out of the packet and storing in glass kilner jars or plastic airtight containers. I’m trying to eradicate the tiny things that can from time to time appear in it… it’s not always a problem, and I reckon they are coming home from the grocery shop in most cases!

      • Lauren January 11, 2012, 7:13 pm

        I’ve read that freezing flour as soon as you get it home will kill anything in it. You can then take it out and store as usual. And for that, Kilners all the way! I buy them whenever I see them on clearance in TK Maxx (sometimes filled with yummy things – bonus!) and have quite a good collection now. I prefer storing my food in glass, most plastic in this house is used to store stuff but even that is being slowly phased out for nice boxes. Or the stuff itself gets phased out. 🙂

  • Libby January 11, 2012, 2:04 pm

    The cabinets look great……but cod liver oil?! I thought that was an old-fashioned remedy that I read about in books. What do you use it for? This Yank needs some educating.

    • simplybeingmum January 11, 2012, 6:41 pm

      Hi Libby – I can’t speak for all Brits but Cod Liver Oil isn’t that uncommon in households (unless it’s just my family?). I purchased the capsules when at a health store getting my whey protein. I do quite a bit of running and am concerned that it will eventually have a detrimental effect on my joints. Cod Liver Oil is supposed to be good for joints (as well as other things). I had got Glucosamine (which you may notice I’m chucking out) but recent reports are that it may be a waste of time (and money). When the bottle has gone I won’t be re-buying as Spring and Summer will see at least two meals a week including oily fish (which will compensate for the Cod Liver Oil taken). Jo

  • Libby January 11, 2012, 2:04 pm

    The cabinets look great……but cod liver oil?! I thought that was an old-fashioned remedy that I read about in books. What do you use it for? This Yank needs some educating.

    • simplybeingmum January 11, 2012, 6:41 pm

      Hi Libby – I can’t speak for all Brits but Cod Liver Oil isn’t that uncommon in households (unless it’s just my family?). I purchased the capsules when at a health store getting my whey protein. I do quite a bit of running and am concerned that it will eventually have a detrimental effect on my joints. Cod Liver Oil is supposed to be good for joints (as well as other things). I had got Glucosamine (which you may notice I’m chucking out) but recent reports are that it may be a waste of time (and money). When the bottle has gone I won’t be re-buying as Spring and Summer will see at least two meals a week including oily fish (which will compensate for the Cod Liver Oil taken). Jo

  • Carla January 11, 2012, 3:14 pm

    Looks great!! I did mine last week, and they still look great!! 🙂

  • Carla January 11, 2012, 3:14 pm

    Looks great!! I did mine last week, and they still look great!! 🙂

  • sharron January 11, 2012, 6:04 pm

    *blushes* Yes mine look like your before, but a lot worse….

    Well done, those after pictures sooth me and lower my blood pressure. I too need to have clear out and my Daughter’s room is on the hitlist, seriously that girl has some stuff..

    Sharron x

    • simplybeingmum January 11, 2012, 6:43 pm

      My daughters room is also the most cluttered in the entire house. She keeps telling me creative people are messy (she’s not yet 7 – what am I going to do when she’s a teenager?)…
      Enjoy your blitz – I’ll be doing the same here shortly!

      • Sha Mony February 2, 2013, 12:59 pm

        give up now with the 7yr old 🙂

  • sharron January 11, 2012, 6:04 pm

    *blushes* Yes mine look like your before, but a lot worse….

    Well done, those after pictures sooth me and lower my blood pressure. I too need to have clear out and my Daughter’s room is on the hitlist, seriously that girl has some stuff..

    Sharron x

    • simplybeingmum January 11, 2012, 6:43 pm

      My daughters room is also the most cluttered in the entire house. She keeps telling me creative people are messy (she’s not yet 7 – what am I going to do when she’s a teenager?)…
      Enjoy your blitz – I’ll be doing the same here shortly!

      • Sha Mony February 2, 2013, 12:59 pm

        give up now with the 7yr old 🙂

  • Cheeryshirley January 12, 2012, 4:25 pm

    Jo, Your cupboards look GREAT! You are so organized and tidy and an inspiration to me! So glad you photograph your food cupboards! I love seeing organization…do you ever show your linen, bathroom, etc. cupboards? Would love getting your great ideas! I did not notice an excess of exclamations marks in your previous posts!!! Not that I overuse them myself!!! 🙂 Cheeryshirley

    • simplybeingmum January 13, 2012, 1:39 pm

      Thanks Cheeryshirley! I have thought about a series of posts on organisation, so it may come…
      And you can never have too many exclamation marks!!!!!!!! (unless you blog – apparently!!!!)

  • Cheeryshirley January 12, 2012, 4:25 pm

    Jo, Your cupboards look GREAT! You are so organized and tidy and an inspiration to me! So glad you photograph your food cupboards! I love seeing organization…do you ever show your linen, bathroom, etc. cupboards? Would love getting your great ideas! I did not notice an excess of exclamations marks in your previous posts!!! Not that I overuse them myself!!! 🙂 Cheeryshirley

    • simplybeingmum January 13, 2012, 1:39 pm

      Thanks Cheeryshirley! I have thought about a series of posts on organisation, so it may come…
      And you can never have too many exclamation marks!!!!!!!! (unless you blog – apparently!!!!)

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