Thursday, November 13, 2014


I cleaned out the spice drawer today. I've been wanting to put the spices in 1/4 pint mason jars with washi tape labels for months! I finally did it! Oreo helped.

We inherited Grandpa's spice cupboard when we moved into his house after he died, so we found a lot of multiples.


  • 2 sea salt grinders
  • 2 jars of basil
  • 3 containers of whole cloves + 1 of ground clove
  • 3 containers of ground nutmeg (Including two LARGE ones!)
  • 3 containers of cream of tartar (What do you use that stuff for anyway?)
  • 2 things of paprika (1 jar + 1 baggie from the Winco bulk section)
  • thyme from 2006
  • 2 ginger
  • 2 ground chili
  • 2 chili pepper

  • Super old bay leaves
  • Thyme: I always ask if we even have any and Lost Boy says, Yes! But it is from 2006. I think we need to get new thyme.

Ta da!

(This isn't technically a 50% less post, but we have so many multiples and old spices that it seems like life would be better if we got rid of half  of them. I didn't get rid of that much though...)

Other posts you might like:
50% Less Stuff
I'm a Milk Snob
Loosening Up 

Friday, August 29, 2014

Loosening up

Lost Boy and I have been married for six years now (this month!), and goodness sake, amazing changes can happen in six years!

I tend to be rather particular about how I like things. I generally like things to be precisely in their places (even though too many things often don't have places), and I like to compartmentalize. I like things to be in containers. Or zip lock bags. When I pack our clothes for travelling, I usually put underclothes, kids clothes, and socks in zip lock bags so I don't have to rummage around so much. But Lost Boy doesn't care about containers or rummaging. I just packed his clothes for an upcoming camping trip (Which I know he can do perfectly well for himself. But he's easy to pack for, so if I pack for him I feel like I've made Progress! And then it is easier to pack me and the baby). I am SO proud of myself! I packed all his clothes in a stuff sack (even more basic than a backpack or a duffel bag!) and I didn't put a single thing in a zip lock bag.

Not his underclothes. Not his socks.

I'm so amazed at how far I've come! This change is definitely influenced by Lost Boy's tendency toward minimalism (he isn't a hard core ultralight backpacker, but he practices the practical principles). And the less stuff you have to carry, the less you need to organize.

I just realized that I also packed 2Flowers without any zip lock bags. She has come to the point where she can help pack her own bag. She rummages with a vengeance and requires prefers very little help from me now, so there is no point to use zip locks to organize her travel bag.