Cath asked how I approached the kitchen Kondo.
The answer is gently.
The kitchen is Barry's domaine. (See this post Cooking As An Act Of Love) and I knew I had to try to be tactful.
Firstly I agreed that he could make all the decisions about what to keep and what to get rid of, but we also agreed that out of date anything would be binned - a fresh start every now and then (ie every five or ten years!) is a good idea. The other guiding principle was putting like with like, as you are then more likely to know what you've got.
Duplicates went, one or two weird packet mixes, stale fancy teas, a few items from 2013 and even 2009, the odd basket and serving dish that was seldom used. Every shelf got wiped over and I lined them all with fun bright paper from Ikea or Tiger. The fridge gets cleaned out about once a week (thank you Fly Lady) and the freezer has yet to be tackled....
I think a special meal would be an appropriate celebration when we finish this category, don't you?
Here is the picture of the rose - covered in buds of white, scented flowers! (See yesterday's post.) I shall post another when the flowers come out fully...I photographed it at noon in bright sunshine (Yay!) and the shot doesn't really show how glaucous the foliage is.