I started on my kitchen this week. Reducing clutter can definitely be a daunting task, so luckily I'm giving myself one month per room. And yesterday I conquered that "hard to reach" cupboard. You know the one - above the fridge or microwave where we stash stuff that we never get to because we need a stool to get to it in the first place and instead of making the effort to do that we simply forget about it?
This cupboard holds my cookbooks and here's the stack I'm donating. I picked out my favorites, a few sentimental ones (like from my grandma), and I'm giving the rest away. I usually keep my favorite one by the juicer on the counter, and really, I rarely use cookbooks anyway. When I make a meal from a recipe it's because a friend gave it to me, or I looked it up on-line, or I got inspired at the farmer's market (I'll be sharing my new asparagus leek soup soon. It is pure heaven!) So...bye bye cookbooks. Hello...space. That cupboard is nearly empty now and just knowing that makes me feel...ah...lighter.
The attention I'm giving my kitchen, along with the change of season, has really inspired me to try new things. Here's another new recipe that Suzanne shared for the green smoothie challenge. I was happy to see not all of the smoothies have to be so green!
Orange & Blueberry
1 cup of greens (i.e. romaine lettuce, kale, spinach)
1 cup of fresh squeezed orange juice
1 cup of water
2 cups of frozen blueberries
My little guy Kestan is so excited for smoothies now that today he insisted I add more kale.
I do believe that energy is freed up when we clear clutter. I am fully embracing a healthy, abundant and nourishing spring, and I'm extremely excited that my kitchen is feeling more organized and clean - one cupboard at a time. Letting go of more makes me feel energized and alive!
For those of you who have joined the Reduce Clutter; Create Space Challenge for 2010, my virtual friend, Sarah, and I are creating a list that will help guide us for the remaining months. If you have a particular room. or area of your home or life, that you want to un-clutter, let me know and we'll add it to the list. I'll publish the list in May. (By the way, in May we are focusing on digital clutter. Yippee!)
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Your Personal Reflection: What kind of space are you creating?