The more I get rid of, the more I'm enjoying the empty spaces appearing around my home. That negative space helps the brain focus on what's there, what's really important, rather than overwhelming us with too much going on. We need that visual space. The top of my kitchen cabinets once held all sorts of random items. Now, they're completely clear. The counter holds a fraction of what it once did. The shelf above my built-in wall oven and microwave once held several small appliances and a few other random kitchen items. Now, it holds my cake cover when not in use. That's it. The best part? I don't miss anything that I've gotten rid of.
After pulling a stack of cookbooks off the shelves to sort through and rearranging just a bit, I'm having a hard time putting any of those books back. The shelves are no longer crowded and there is actual empty space. Nice little extra incentive to be more ruthless as I sort through these books!
Some cookbooks I decided could go along with a couple of decluttering books I no longer need. =)
Funny tidbit from one of those books. As I flipped through, I spotted a section discussing cookbooks. The author states that the average household has 13 cookbooks. I'm not down to 13 yet... or anywhere even close. Not sure I'll ever get down to 13 (not even counting digital editions), but I still have a LOT that could go away without even being missed.