Wow, I have been on a kick lately. This is amazing. I hope my energy for organizing and cleaning stays with me for good! I have no idea how I am doing it, because I've had a horrible head cold and have been getting very little sleep thanks to an evil-non-sleeping-teething-nine-month-old-who's-lucky-I-love-him-so-much.
Last weekend Cory and I cleaned out the spice cabinet and recipe book cabinet. We tossed a bunch of old spices and recipe books and made the two cabinets much more user friendly. We found a lot of amazing looking recipes.
We agreed that Sunday's need to be our day for trying new recipes. Cory loves to cook with recipes and I love to organize so he can find those recipes. What a team! ;-)
I also did some more moving around in the kitchen cabinets and came up with a better area for the kids crafts. I love to keep stuff for the kids to do in easy to reach areas. This helps keep little hands busy while I'm cleaning and making dinner.
I was so inspired from my weekend organization that I decided to keep going and clean up a couple more areas during the week. About a month ago I donated all of my old text books to our church. They donate these to needy groups in the community. Over the past couple days I tackled the rest of the books in our home so we can donate those as well. We had a pile of duplicate books and others that never make it to the read-me list. We had books in the basement, books in the closet, books in the bins under the end tables, and books in the family room book case. We had a lot of books! We now have three neat rows of books in the family room. I found a couple books that were given to Mariah when she was little. I love the messages on the inside of the books. I also found a couple books that my grandma and grandpa gave to my brother and I when we were little. Those messages were heartwarming.
*Whenever you give the gift of a book, make sure to put a little note in the inside. Makes it that much more special.*