Part of the Weeding Out Process

One of my "chores" today was to tackle the kitchen cabinet that houses my cookbooks.  Not that it was really messy, but because I'm trying to weed out things that I really don't need or use anymore -- ya' know, so we won't have to move them.  I wasn't really planning to post about this, but decided it was part of the whole process of moving & I said I would be taking you along on the ride.  This was kind of hard for me because I love cookbooks;  but I had to get realistic about the types of recipes some of these books contain. We just don't eat that way anymore, so they needed to go.

This is the "Before" which really isn't too bad, just a lot of cookbooks!

This is the "After," & I like it!

The first shelf has all of my more healthy eating books (WW, etc), a little basket (I'll show you in a minute), some folders (will also explain those in a few), & my own personal compilation of recipes. 

I have 2 of these folders.

One is for all the manuals of various kitchen appliances.  

The other holds various restaurant menus, any specials that are going on in said restaurant, or any coupons for our favorite pizza places.

This large white binder holds a ton of Weight Watcher recipes that I've accumulated.  There are some real tasty ones!  The large blue binder is my own cookbook with all the recipes I've cut out or downloaded & taste-tested.  They are all in sheet protectors & the binder is divided into the categories that fit our needs.  Believe me, these are not all "good for you or healthy" recipes -- just GOOD!

This little basket is where I keep my coupon booklet, blank recipe cards & protectors, & extra labels, etc.

Now this is my favorite shelf because these are the "goodie" cookbooks. 

This is also where I added this little wire basket that holds my wax bars for Scentsy or Walmart's brand.  They look cute & smell good!

This shelf holds some of my older cookbooks, lots of cookie books, & ones I just couldn't part with.

The bottom shelf is a good place for my bread & fruit baskets.  You'll also see I have the disposable plastic gloves.  I have this aversion to handling raw meats or cutting onions & garlic with my bare hands, so I always put these on.  Yeah, yeah, I know I'm just a bit strange, but I'm okay with that!

Okay, here is what I'm getting rid of.  I feel good about this.  They will be going to our local Friends of the Library for their little bookstore.  I definitely feel good about that!

I guess that wraps it up for this time.  Thanks for stopping by & please come again soon.

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  1. So glad I found your blog. Except for the Nanna part, our descriptions are very much alike. We would probably be great next door neighbors! My husband would LOVE your bent to organisation. Sometimes it's a struggle for me. More later.

  2. Cas, I feel more guilty every time I read about all you are doing in preparation for moving. I should be spring cleaning just because, but usually like to have my windows open with the smell of fresh flowers wafting in and at 29 degrees that's just not going to happen. Please send some of your initiative and organizing skills to Ohio? The library friends are going to be happy campers or cookers, one or the other!

  3. Congrats on going through your books! I know the library will love to get them and have to chuckle that the chicken one is skinny and biggest one is all about potatoes! I might just ponder that for a bit:@)

  4. I need to do that! So many closets I need to go through!

  5. I really need to be doing the same thing. My mother and I both collect cookbooks..now she's given me all of hers... most of them are in boxes in the attic. It's time to let them go!
    I see that you and I have some of the same cookbooks too!

  6. It looks good! I think it always feels good to clear some things out. Looks like you use what you kept too!
    Thanks for linking to my Organizing Mission Link Party!

  7. I'm envious! I want any of my cupboards or storage spaces to look this pretty, Cas!

  8. Ohhh - nice and organized! I am in the process of weeding stuff out so I can organize myself...it's going to be a process!! :) Thanks for popping into my blog - I am happy to say you are my 100th follower!! I am planning a giveaway for Monday to thank all of my followers for getting me to this milestone - please be sure to check in and also - if you have any recipes - check back Friday for my Foodie Friday linky party...

    Bianca @ Walnut Avenue

  9. Hello Cas! Double thanks for following me and leaving a comment in my blog. New connections and comments really make my day. I have a lot of books and magazines at home too. But they are not cookbooks. Cooking unfortunately is not my turf. Though I someday want to learn.

  10. I LOVE going through my things and giving things away. One of life's small pleasures!! It's surprising how quickly 'stuff' builds up, isn't it?

    Your space looks so lovely in the after shots. I can imagine browsing through your books with a nice mug of tea!!


  11. Having a folder with all your appliance/gadgets guides is a great idea! I should do that since my are randomly dispersed throughout my house!

  12. It looks great! We have a file for all of our owners manuals too. I have all the take out menus in sheet protectors in a binder. I can assure you that gets used a lot more than all the cookbooks we have!!

  13. It always feels so good to weed out! I've done it a couple of times with my cookbooks. Thanks for sharing:)

  14. Cas , I love your blog. I am now a follower .

  15. When your blog first loaded onto my computer monitor and those pictures at the top (your header) came up...I actually gasped for breath. Those doors! All of it. I love, love it :) Thank you for finding my blog and telling me about yours. I am a new follower :) Wow!!

  16. Nice job although it didn't look bad at all to begin with. I was just drooling looking at the photos, I LOVE cookbooks. I don't just have an organizing blog, I have a food blog too! Thanks for stopping by. I'm your newest follower :-)

  17. You're so smart to be weeding out before the move. So many recipes are online now that we don't really need all the cookbooks but, like you, I enjoy just having them. Best of luck to you!

  18. Hi Cas, thanks so much for stopping by and becoming a follower. Following you back I just made 200 for you!! Martina

  19. You go, girl!

    I, too, am in a mood to purge, and we're not even moving! Next week, I am taking a week of vacation time to tackle our garage. I don't think a week is enough but it will have to do.

    I spied The Low Fat Way to Cook on your shelf. That used to be one of my favorite cookbooks! All the Southern Living cookbooks are great. I don't cook anymore but I still have that book in case I get the urge!

  20. Hi CAS! I know it must have been hard to part with some of your cookbooks. When we moved, I had to part with some of mine that I didn't use much anymore. Thanks for putting me on your blogroll. I take it as a huge compliment, especially since I'm so new at blogging.
    Enjoy your weekend, Jane

  21. Looks great! I would love for you to come on over and link this up to our Wicked Awesome Wednesday party this week.


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