Paring Down – Part 2: 85 Cook/Bake Wares down to 39!

We did it! After last week’s post, about struggling to pare down my beloved cook ware and bake ware, we buckled down and just did it. The results are fantastic! I can’t believe the difference. Sure, there was some hesitation as we sorted through but I think in the end what we have now is so much better. No, I didn’t keep two 13×9 baking dishes, just one. However, the cabinets are much more organized, less stressful and easier to get to. I used to hurt my back trying to dig through the corner cabinet, but the way we sorted it, it’s all at my finger tips now! We even switched the pots and pans into their own cabinet. To see it in video visit our Youtube channel: TheWaxingTurtle

I’ve posted pictures and explanations below as to why we kept what we did. There are about 4 pictures of each section, 1st to show the starting mess, 2nd to show detail of what was actually in that mess, 3rd to show what we kept and a final 4th to show the space cleaned up. You can read the photo captions to gain more insight to what we kept and exactly why.

Remember, things that didn’t get kept are going into a rubbermaid tub for 3-6 months to see if we can live with out them. Then we will see if family and friends have need of the items, the rest will be sold or donated to charity.

Thanks to all of you who have supported us and our crazy decision to pare down and get ready for living the tiny life!

NOTE: I’ve worked 5hours on this post, please forgive the mistakes and the crazy photo layout, as it’s been very trying and I know you guys want to see the progress we’ve made. So, I decided done is better than perfect, for now! I can’t figure out how to post photos with text like I did last week. I don’t know if it is malfunctioning or if there is a setting I’ve missed.

Corner Cabinet Before (pictures #1 & #2): 

#1- corner cabinet before
#1- corner cabinet before
#2- Corner cabinet items before
#2- Corner cabinet items before

What a mess. It was always so hard to find what I needed, when I needed it. This took a lot of time and energy! Started with 7 pots and pans with 8 lids, 2 tupperware containers, 7 glass baking dishes, casserole warmer, cake saver, large metal mixing bowl, 2 serving bowls

 The picture to the right is a better view of what was in there.

Corner Cabinet After (pictures #3 & #4)

#3- Corner cabinet after
#3- Corner cabinet after
#4- Items kept
#4- Items kept

The pots and pans have been relocated, and the cutting boards and trays have taken their place. We kept the majority of the pots and pans because all but one is very high quality (we have had them 13yrs), we use them, and they nest well. We realized we didn’t need so many metal baking dishes as they were replaced by two high quality stoneware sheets we recently purchased for that reason. Kept: one 13×9 with lid, smaller baking dish, and one small casserole dish with lid, (we were unsure about these two so they may get tossed in a few months) two storage tupperware containers, 6 pots/pans and 5 lids. We kept so many pots/pans because all but one are part of a set and each has multiple functions, cooking at home is one way we save TONS of money, so, we thought it was worth the space. In our tiny home, they will probably get hung on a wall or a baker’s rack.

Side Cabinet Before  (pictures #5 & #6):

Here we used to place the random items for the Cusinart food chopper, cutting boards, miscellaneous baking paraphernalia and large plastic bags, cookie sheets, salad spinner, lunch trays used when making christmas cookies and so many other projects.

Easier to see: 2 Cusinart bowls, salad spinner, slicer, garlic press, hamburger pattier, 2 cooling racks, 2sm metal cookie/cooking sheets, 2lg metal cookie sheets, 5 lunch trays, 2lg cutting boards

Side Cabinet After  (pictures #7 & #8):

To the left are the items we kept from the original mess, a salad spinner, as farmers we get a lot of greens in the summer and this saves energy and time, it’s used as a colander for washing/rinsing and dries the greens for refrigeration. One cutting board, one Cusinart bowl, one large cutting board, and our large plastic bags for storing the greens and other items. 3 lunch trays which get used all the time for cookies, projects, so many uses.
(not pictured is my white colander for hot items like noodles and potatoes and three tiny cutting mats that are good for small jobs and easy clean up)they were placed in the corner cabinet as you can see in the pictures up above. That’s because we repurposed this space for easier use of the pots and pans. The added shelf in the back was removed when we did our first paring down, it came from the cabinet we keep our glasses in (see the post “Paring Down part 1”).

Measuring Utensil Shelf Before (pictures #9 & #10):

In this cabinet we had a mess of measuring tools, 3 measuring bowls, 10cups, tiny sifter, 17 spoons, 3 scoops, one funnel

Measuring Utensil Shelf After  (pictures #11 & #12):

This way is much simpler and easier to use. We kept: a funnel, one set of spoons, cups (plus one extra used as a scoop for soups), one funnel and one large bowl used for mixing smaller items like cake, pancakes, and it is microwavable, the liquid measuring cup is a standard item for a kitchen, but it might get tossed eventually. I’m not sure if we use it enough for it to stay. Time will tell. I hope in the tiny house to have the cups and spoons on hooks on the inside of a cabinet door so I won’t need to have them tucked in a bowl.

Oven Drawer Before (pictures #13 & #14) After#15:

In the drawer before were 2 aluminum pie plates, 1 tiny alum. bread pan, 1 alum pan, 1 old cupcake pan, 2 muffin pans, 2 stoneware cookie/cooking sheets, 3 alum. pie plates.

Items kept: 3 aluminum pie plates because I bake a lot of apple and pumpkin pies for family gatherings, 2 muffin pans (which may get tossed later like the cupcake pans did, in lieu of using a cake pan), two stoneware cookie sheets. These are used to make not only cookies but also meat loaf and pumpkin rolls and frozen goods like tater tots, etc. When making cookies it’s good to have 2 pans, one going in, one coming out.

There will not be a follow up after photo as the oven drawer is now empty. We placed what we kept into the corner cabinet.

This exercise in living more with less has been wonderful. The actual paring down part has been hard, but it’s paid off. We no longer own so many dishes that the sink is overflowing with dishes before we wash them. Since we do not own a dish washer, this can become a serious chore. But owning fewer, means washing more often and things stay neat and tide, more easily. The easy part is what we like. That’s one of the major points to tiny living, to make your life a little easier and less stressful.

We are well on our way to making decisions to help us prepare physically and mentally for life in a tiny home!

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~Audrey

#5- Misc. cookie sheets, salad spinner, lunch trays used when making christmas cookies and so many other projects
#5- Misc.  Cabinet
#6- Misc. Cabinet items, easier to see: 2 Cusinart bowls, salad spinner, slicer, garlic press, hamburger pattier, 2 cooling racks, 2sm metal cookie/cooking sheets, 2lg metal cookie sheets, 5 lunch trays, 2lg cutting boards
#6- Misc. Cabinet items before
#7- Items kept: Salad spinner, as farmers we get a lot of greens in the summer and this saves energy and time, it's used as a colander for washing/rinsing and dries the greens for refrigeration. One cutting board, one Cusinart bowl, one large cutting board, and our large plastic bags for storing the greens and other items. 3 lunch trays which get used all the time for cookies, projects, so many uses.  (not pictured is my white colander for hot items like noodles and potatoes and three tiny cutting mats that are good for small jobs and easy clean up)
#7- Items kept.
#8- The side cabinet was repurposed for pots and pans as they fit better in here and are much more easily reached. The shelf that was removed from our glass/mugs cabinet, found on "Paring Down Part 1, was added here for better organization.
#8- The side cabinet was repurposed.
#9- Measuring tool cabinet before.
#9- Measuring tool cabinet before.
#11- Measuring Items Before: 3 measuring bowls, 10cups, tiny sifter, 17 spoons, 3 scoops, one funnel
#10- Measuring Items Before.
#11- Measuring tools kept: a funnel, one set of spoons, cups (plus one extra used as a scoop for soups), one funnel and one large bowl used for mixing smaller items like cake, pancakes, and it is microwavable, the liquid measuring cup is a standard item for a kitchen, but it might get tossed eventually. I'm not sure if we use it enough for it to stay. Time will tell.
#11- Measuring tools kept.
#12
#12
Mess before: this is the oven drawer, there is no "AFTER" picture because it is empty, except the broil pan that came with the apartment.
#13- Mess before: this is the oven drawer.
These were in the oven drawer: 2 aluminum pie plates, 1 tiny alum. bread pan, 1 alum pan, 1 old cupcake pan, 2 muffin pans, 2 stoneware cookie/cooking sheets, 3 alum. pie plates
#14- These were in the oven drawer before.
Baking items kept: 3 aluminum pie plates because I bake a lot of apple and pumpkin pies for family gatherings, 2 muffin pans (which may get tossed later like the cupcake pans did, in lieu of using a cake pan), two stoneware cookie sheets. These are used to make not only cookies but also meat loaf and pumpkin rolls and frozen goods like tater tots, etc. When making cookies it's good to have 2 pans, one going in, one coming out.
#15- Baking items kept.
#4- Corner Cabinet after: Look how nice and neat everything is! All with in easy finding and reaching!
#4- AGAIN Corner Cabinet after.
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The Struggle

I want a simpler life, really, I do! However, I’m struggling with going through and picking out what to keep, toss, give, recycle,etc… We went through the easiest part of the kitchen, next will be the cookware/utensils… and you know what?? I DON’T WANT TO! I don’t want to choose how many cookie sheets to keep or whether or not to hold on to 1 or 2 of my beloved 13×9 baking dishes. What if I want to make a casserole and a cake in the same day? See the problem?

this is the cookware cabinet, pots, pans, baking dishes and tupperware
this is the cookware cabinet, pots, pans, baking dishes and tupperware
Misc. cookie sheets, salad spinner, lunch trays used when making christmas cookies and so many other projects
Misc. cookie sheets, salad spinner, lunch trays used when making christmas cookies and so many other projects
old cupcake pans and new muffin pans, who needs both?
old cupcake pans and new muffin pans, who needs both?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Paring-down or as I like to call it, “smart-sizing,” isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. Our first sorting session that I posted about in the kitchen was quite easy. Now the real challenge, for me personally, will begin. I love to cook and bake. I like my tools and utensils. I have fear of getting rid of something and really missing it or that its absence will make my life harder. This would go against the idea of living the tiny making my life easier.

At this point I must explain that there’s a certain amount of introspection and psychological digging we have to do to find out WHY we want to keep our things, what purpose do they serve? Do we really NEED them or is it just more stuff, do I seriously need two baking dishes? And in the end, will tiny living really be a life we can ENJOY if it means giving up so many of our possessions?

So, what’s a girl to do?? My plan? Well, as I’m writing this, it occurs to me that I will be putting these things in storage and not yet giving them away, just as a test. That perspective might help to make it easier to part with some of my items, knowing they are not far away if I find that I really NEED them.

Another aspect to take in account is that in my tiny home, with less things, organization will be key. As you can see these cabinets are awfully messy, but the space is not proper for good organization. One of the things I look forward to most is customization for what things we have decided to keep, even it it is both baking dishes.

I hope by next week, these spaces will look very different as I continue to come realize this is just an experiment for now, nothing is permanent and I can always go back. But the hope is that I won’t need to. Wish me luck!

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~Audrey