Friday, 27 September 2013

Tidy Friday - Putting your clutter all in one basket?

It's Tidy Friday with a vengeance. We're getting two kittens this weekend, so kitten proofing the house is high on the agenda. Fortuitously this seems to involve a fair amount of tidying. Daughter has read several library books and browsed countless websites so is now the official feline expert in the house. I've been ordered to dust under my bed and we've all got to tidy up things that they could chew/claw/choke on.


Basket of clutter for redistributing, monitored
by the (feet of) the feline expert.

One of my favourite decluttering/tidying procrastination tools is to pile clutter neatly in a pile, to be dealt with later, and then put off doing anything about it for ages. (Don't tell me I'm the only one). Even better is to pile it in a rustic basket. Clutter always looks more charming in a basket, right? But the imminent kitten arrival is forcing the distribution of misplaced things to their rightful homes in a more timely fashion and that's no bad thing.

On the food waste front this Friday, it's bread. More bread. When will we ever get the bread thing sussed? Packed lunch bread this time. Excuses for not eating? The reduced price ciabatta rolls were too floury, and Son didn't have time to eat his hammy pitta breads because there was urgent playing to be done outside.


And then there's the burnt toast. "Why's the sink full of bread?" asked Husband this evening. Because the toast caught fire this morning and I had to throw it in the washing up bowl full of water to put it out. Why else!

Is it frugal to not replace the toaster when it dies if you then end up burning the toast on a regular basis when you make it under the grill? I need to get better at single tasking in the mornings.



If you want some really good ideas for dealing with stale bread, instead of photos of old rolls and burnt toast, Sue at Our New Home in the Country has some great tips on her blog today as part of her Simple September series!

8 comments:

  1. A couple of thoughts. When you're kitten proofing, don't forget about the electrical cords and plugs. We had one cat (Lucy) who liked to chew on them and occasionally went all of the way through. Also, if you go toaster shopping, make sure it can fit the wider slices of bread. We got a new one about a year ago that the wider bread does not fit into. I thought they all would these days because it is so popular (at least over here).

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    1. Yes, my sister's kitten chewed through the laptop adapter lead so we're trying to get them out of the way - it's hard though - makes you realise how much electrical stuff there is in the house!

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  2. I am definitely guilty of piling clutter into neat stacks and leaving them in place forever!

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  3. Oh I hear you about the clutter. A favourite thing to get them out of my way is to put the paper and other small things into boxes and bags with handles so they can be moved. I have to do this whenever I want to use surfaces for things like laying out and cutting fabric or sewing. My space is rather limited but I also have too much stuff despite my efforts to get rid of things! I'm so glad I never had any problem with my cat chewing cords or getting too curious about things that were not good for her. She was very easy to take care of. How about purchasing a 2nd hand toaster. I too used to make toast in the oven but didn't do it often because of the need to tend to it. I would say buy a new one but they can cost a lot these days. You would have to cope with bread slots that may not be wide enough for bagels but that isn't such a bad thing.

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    1. Hi Joyful, I'm hoping our kittens follow the example of your cat! And a secondhand toaster is a good idea and just may be the solution.

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  4. Kitten-proofing is a real challenge. Last time I had kittens I didn't have any warning - someone abandoned them in a box in the alley and I rescued them. My solution was to just toss everything unsafe for kittens into the spare bedroom and shut the door. That turned out to be a REALLY bad idea, because once the door was shut it was out of sight out of mind. Then it became all too easy to just open the door, toss something in and forget about it! When I finally dealt with that room it was a major project!

    I just have to mention... perhaps I'm simply in a morbid state of mind right now, but everytime I look at that first picture I think to myself "OMG - someone's hung themself!" Oh my! :-)

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    1. Oh gosh, that's macabre - it's just my daughter sitting on the kitchen work surface, not a hanging corpse, honest!

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