i posted my september goals a while back and even though i know no1curr, here’s an update on how i did because this is my blog and i write what i want.
goal 1: expand my cooking skills – done. don’t mean to brag but I killed it in the kitchen last month. Check it:
goal 2: expand my baking skills – done. See goal #1:
goal 3: make kayla’s halloween costume – fail. to be fair, I have the last week before halloween but I wanted to be a proactive bitch and get it done early. I still think it’s going to be a disaster! update: my cousin down the street just told me yesterday that she has a witch costume for kayla!
goal 4: convince my friend who owns Paper Plus Cloth to make me part owner – I was kidding about this one but there may be a few ideas in the works. fingers crossed. also: she got some new japanese washi tape awesomeness.
goal 5: complete Project: Organize my Kitchen – done. this was a few-weeks process and i took my time getting everything done just the way i liked. it wasn't easy; i would set something up only to move it around a few days later as i tried to place everything based on easy access and efficiency.
i went from a chaotic, shove-everything-in-any-space type of setup to everything having a place in each cabinet. there was a lot of purging of old/unused items and reuse of things.
also - the majority of my organizing supplies (bins, canisters, jars etc) came from the dollar store or clearance sections because i'm a cheap bitch and ain't nobody got time for expensive shit.
after: large cooking appliances and pots are now easily accessible, along with frequently-used cooking ingredients nicely stored in a plastic bin that is within reach from the stove (which is to the left).
after: ditching canned products that have been hiding since 2008 (!!!), using clear bins/canisters to store dried goods for easy access, using a large bin to store our lunch bags and only keeping ingredients that are used on a regular basis, i now have so much room in my pantry. no more digging!
after: spices and baking and organization, oh my. clear, labelled plastic bins allow easy access to the baking ingredients i need and i stored all frequently-used baking/cooking things are on the lowest shelf so i don't have to get a chair every damn time. cooking spices are easily accessible from the stove (to the right).
after: still the cupboard of many things except it's more organized. i also ditched a lot of really old things that were never used so we have more space.
after: purged a whole bunch of shit from this cupboard, moved all lunch bags into the storage bin in the pantry, stored a foot stool in here because short girl problems and used a $1 bin to store dish towels that i often use while cooking/baking.
after: since this area is right below my baking and spice cupboard, i thought it would be most efficient to place all of my baking appliances here. $1 file organizer neatly stores cutting boards and hot pot stands, small appliances are hung to maximize space and $1 bins organize all baking accessories (jars, mixer attachments, aprons etc).
after: dried goods, k-cups, snacks and protein bars are stored in clear, labelled plastic bins; baking/casserole dishes that aren't used as often are stored on the higher shelves and out of the way.
the end result - a clean, organized kitchen where i now love spending my time. cooking and baking ain't so bad when you know where everything is and you don't have to waste time digging through mountains of useless shit just to find what you're looking for.
given all of this, i'd say i kicked September's ass. now on to October where i'll link up with these two fine ladies for their October Choose Your Own Adventure linkup where the topic is food. and for real guys, i already have this post drafted given the amount of amazing shit i've churned out so far.
what were some of your goals and how did you do?
do you have any goals for october?
don't forget about wednesday's humpday confession linkup where we can hump ian's face and spill our dirty secrets.