Looking at the shelves in the kitchen it's beginning to look a little cluttered.
But somehow for me clutter in the kitchen is not the end of the world. I like to have my things around me, I like them to be within easy grabbing distance when I am getting on with things. I like to look at what I have and remember when I used them last. But saying that if something has not been used and is not earning it's place on the shelves it won't stay for long.
There are a couple of things on the shelves that will be going soon if they don't either get used or have a use found for them.
Something that is definitely staying is the little mini Aga, it was asked about in the comments the other day and I forgot to answer - sorry. It is in fact a lovely little tin full of shortbread biscuits that my Mum bought me when we were out together just before Christmas aren't Mums lovely. It's just the same as my big Aga that it sits next too and makes me smile every time I look at it (well they both do really). :-)
Something else that I will be keeping forever is this new handmade bowl we bought when we went to River Cottage last Autumn. The words around the edge sum up the way we want to live our lives perfectly.
As a couple of you have already noticed I've started a new page at the top of the Blog to help me deal with the clutter again this year. Called simply 'Decluttering 365' it is to inspire me to jettison at least another three hundred and sixty five objects from around the house this year. Hopefully they will all be sold at a car boot sale in Spring and the money added to the mortgage overpayment. So I'm aiming to sort out at least fourteen items a week for the first twenty six weeks of the year ready for selling.
I better go and get sorting then :-)
An answer for Sarah. Yes, I bottle my pasta sauces similarly to making jam, sterile jars (heated in the oven), piping hot sauce poured in and then the tops put straight on. As the sauce cools it draws the top down and creates a vacuum, thus preserving the sauces for a long long time. I always have a couple of those tops from commercial jars that have the little dimples in the middles then you can hear the 'pop' as it pulls down and you know it's worked.