As I was trying to figure out a good home for the overflow cookbooks, it dawned on me that there were a few of hubby's cookbooks on another nearby bookshelf. So, in typical If You Give a Mouse a Cookie fashion, I went to the bookcase to see if the overflow cook books would fit. Well, you may have guessed that this lead me to sort through the dusty, kid's books that have been taking up space on the bookshelf (my kids have outgrown the books). Many of the kid books are books I cherish and want to keep for future grandchildren. So, during the course of the day I went through the books with each of the kids to see if there were any they also considered keepers. This process resulted in 3 piles of books: books to share with our cousins; the keepers that needed to be moved to a new location; and a pile of books to swap. If you haven't heard of swap.com, you should check it out. It's a site to swap books, housewares, and much more with others who want to keep things out of the landfill, but receive something useful in return.
So the kids' books were cleared out, and the overflow cookbooks now filled that space...but you guessed it...this little Mouse now had to find a home for the kid's books that we wanted to keep, which lead me upstairs to a bookshelf with a collection of kid books, including the Little House on the Prairie series, a bunch of picture books, and classics. Sooo, to fit this batch of keepers, I had to delete an equal amount of books that were already shelved there. Which lead me to add to the 2 remaining piles; books for cousins, and swap.com books.
Since the downstairs bookshelves were being reorganized, I figured we should continue with the second bookshelf....so we cleaned out the collection of movies, deleted some, and vacuumed the shelves. Some of the movies went to the donate pile, some of the movies went to the swap.com pile, and the rest were neatly replaced in the shelves.
But wait, there’s more! My Mouse experience wasn't over just yet. I headed back to the laundry room. There were still some bowls and things to fit back into the laundry room pantry…which was a mess. I stood staring at it for a minute, and a light bulb went off that I might be able to consolidate all baking pans, pie plates, cake pans, specialty shape cake pans, etc. under one of the large cabinets in the laundry room. It took me awhile to figure out what to keep, and how to best organize the odd shaped pans such as bundt pan, snowflake and heart shaped pans, special muffin tins, etc. As I took items from the pantry, and stacked them neatly in the cabinet, I realized that there was still another weird shaped pan...and then I found another half sheet cake pan. I culled a bunch of cookie cutters that we no longer use and added them to the pile for our cousins, creating space for the pans. Removing the baking pans from the pantry created space for the food processor, potato slicer, the Pampered Chef mandolin slicer, crock pot, large bowls, etc all on one shelf in the pantry. Eventually I turned my attention to the very top shelf of the pantry, and as I reorganized it, I kept thinking that I needed to make things easily accessible because since the top shelf is tough to reach, and I didn't want things falling down on us. Sooo, I took the opportunity to toss some more things into the donate pile.
So in the event that you have one of those clean-out days that doesn't turn out the way you planned, and it evolves into a If You Give a Mouse a Cookie kinda day, do your best to keep it green!