Monday, August 13, 2018

Decanting (Becoming Minimalist)

You guys. Your comments and emails on the previous post were the BEST.  (Seriously, go back and read what people said if you haven't yet!) I love that we're all on board in our hearts, as we work out what our own personal capacity is.  I think my ideas for more posts have grown now, so I'm going to try and cut them down to size, in smallish bites.

Today, I'm focusing on appearance, and why it matters with minimalism. (It's not what you think.)  One thing I've noticed about minimalists, is that because they have less to manage... they tend to make what they are managing appear appealing. As in, living in the details, appreciating the beauty in the everyday, taking the time to slow and make something lovely just for the sake of the lovely.  (This is why the Danish Hygge movement has become huge by the way.) I read a passage recently in my favorite book series (The Madame Chic books, and yes I am going to reference those books continually until each and every one of you have confessed to not only reading but also loving them as deeply as I do.) about this. The author was making a strawberry tart with Madame Chic, and just dumped the berries in. She was chided by Madame Chic, do this task "avec precision!" This was an ordinary evening dinner- just for family, but what I loved, was the message about living well because you can.  

These days God gives us on earth are such a precious gift, and the people we serve in our homes matter so much... why not offer them the best of your details and services.  Make that tart beautifully with artfully arranged berries swirling in a circle, saving the best berry for the center. Our homes can reflect this same heart of serving and doing, through the process of becoming minimalist and making that which we are managing lovely.  It makes the job more pleasant, which in turn makes our attitudes more pleasant, and it's all connected and spilled out as we go about our tasks. Oh I triple LOVE this!!



So after this occurred to me, I decanted my supplies.

Seriously, it's all connected.  Go with me.  Remember this post, a couple months ago, where I edited my spices (I honestly only used about half of them for crying out loud) and the ones that got kept, were all regulars, but I decanted them into matching jars, and made them all look pretty? It is my favorite kitchen drawer.  I've even seen my kids showing it off to their friends so don't think that living this way, organized, intentional, pretty details in the minimalism, doesn't have an impact on kids of all ages.  It DOES!



I decanted my baking supplies into mason jars with simple labels.  Nothing expensive or fancy, just neat, tidy, and glass so I can see at a glance, what I'm running low on! Efficiency goes along with minimalism and makes life all around easier on the back end, once a system in in place. Less waste and less excess. 

Beyond that, I'm also showing above, that I also edited my oils and vinegars so that I only kept those I use.  I'm also showing my extracts, since I keep them handy and tidy, in a small tin that I repurposed.  (You could house them in anything, and I liked the way this looks, plus I had it on hand so it was a zero expense change.) Everything works so well on a lazy susan by the way. 

  
Small changes, no matter how small, can make a huge difference in your quality of living.  Have you seen this in your home as well? Do you decant ingredients or pantry items so that you waste less? Do you, like me, love something that serves a purpose, has a low cost and low effort, but high impact?  Minimalism gets a certain reputation and I'm hoping that if you're on the fence about it, you can see that it's more about how you work with what you have, rather than what you do or don't have!  I'd love to hear more of your thoughts in comments. 



21 comments:

  1. I'm going to stir up a bit of trouble on this one. ;) While I LOVE the look, and the idea of things looking good, and the efficiency of keeping better track of things (as far as when you're ready to run out of something), what do you do with the "extra" if something should not fit entirely in your decanter of choice? [Do you always choose an appropriate size container so that this does not happen?] Because then I would imagine decanters of all sizes that don't match - which doesn't seem to be the case in most bloggers pantries. So, in my head, I'm imagining you have a closet hidden away with half bags of this, and scant boxes of that - just waiting to refill your decanters. Are you laughing with/at me? I mean, other commenters don't know that we've known each other forever, and I am not being mean... just truly curious how to make this work effectively. Do you get me? ;D Can you address this somehow? Tell me what I'm missing! =) #pleaseandthankyou #youknowiloveyou

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    1. Hi there, love the name "drinking from my saucer". lol. I know you are asking Sasha but wanted to give you an idea that works for me. I buy most of my pantry items and spices from a place that sells them by the ounce. Not sure where you live but places like Sprouts and Winco have bins where you can just get a couple tablespoons of cinnamon or a 1/2 lb of sugar, etc. This keeps things fresh and if you want to try a new spice that you may only need once, you only need to buy what you need for that recipe. I hope this helps a bit and I hope you are having a beautiful day!

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    2. Thanks Holly. That was the name of my once-upon-a-time blog. ;) Thanks too, for the spice info! I have not heard of either of those stores near me in Ohio, but will have to check around! Have a wonderful day!

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    3. Hey Sally... yes this can happen.. normally I don't refill the container until it's empty and then I don't have a little extra.. but IF that does happen, I just keep the extra in the cupboard and use from that first, then I'm back to the decanted jar. I DO try to choose containers that hold the total amount of what I purchase!

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  2. I am going through a a bit of downsizing myself. With two young kids it is not an easy task. Toy keep flowing in the house and I try hard to keep quality and not quantity, but still I end up with more. I wonder what you do with sheets for guests? I keep more sheets just in case I have guests, which happens very rarely. I have not found a good place for my shopping bags (perhaps I should stick to one and dump the rest) and the plastic bags, which I also keep and we quite use again. Thanks for sharing your experience ...

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    1. Great question. We actually got rid of our guest room and honestly it was seldom used. When we have guests, we use sleeping bags, an air mattress and extra blankets. No, it's not as pretty but it also requires no extra stuff so it works. If we do have guests, they are always the kind of great people who honestly don't care anyway...

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  3. I agree with Mina. Where do you keep extra blankets and sheets for guests? I also struggle with a dedicated space to quilt and keep craft things. I am seriously thinking about getting rid of my cutting table and just go back to quilting/sewing on my machine on the dining room table. Can you address these as well?

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    1. Guests question was just answered above... I know it's not a one size fits all answer, just what worked for us. There are lots of great ways to store extra bedding- even a bin in the garage could work.. .it's just not a constant issue in our home. I totally keep my sewing machine on the kitchen table when I'm doing a project and then it goes into the nearly empty linen closet when not in use! I love not having it out!!

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  4. I was also wondering about the leftovers bc every time I’ve tried decantering, I always end up with leftovers... so I end up with the cute jar but then also a half bag of the leftovers sitting in my cabinet. This has led me to eventually just give up decantering! But I love the look!! What is your secret? I was also inspired by your spice drawer and am working on mine. Love these minimalism posts so much!! Keep them coming. :)

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    1. My answer is above in the first comment... great question!!

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  5. We've been decanting our snacks and a few other pantry items. But we've just used random jars that we had on hand, which I love using what I have but I long for it all to match.

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    1. Girl I get this... it's just real life and that's okay!!

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  6. I love the pretty jars and containers but have a walk in pantry and enjoy walking in and seeing all the pretty packaging so I will probably never use jars, etc... I think I use a lot of the same items my mom used and I think of my mom's kitchen or something. I totally get paying attention to the details. I grew up in a home where flowers were out, things were clean and pretty, attention was given to the mealtime table, decor, and I appreciated it. A somewhat simple home made very special by my mom's talents and love of home. Thankful it runs in the family as I now watch my young adult daughter arrange and decorate and care for their mimimal homes so carefully and thoughtfully.

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  7. Also, just thought of this: I do have a few things that I have decanted into canning jars. I have found that the black two-sided (pour/measure or shake) lid from Kraft refrigerated parmesan cheese fits nicely onto the smaller-mouthed canning jars!

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  8. I really enjoy your posts on becoming minimalist and was wondering if you have a source for the binders that you use to store your movies and games.

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    1. THanks so much... I got my gray ones on Amazon actually!

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