Wendy (no blog) left a suggestion to look at a blog called the Vivienne Files, and one link led to another, until I found myself at Courtney Carver's lifestyle de-cluttering hub: Be More With Less. She is also behind Project 333, a wardrobe-refining programme, which aims to get you down to living with only 33 items in your wardrobe for a 3-month period. While I am not quite at this evangelical end of decluttering, I have really enjoyed reading through some of the posts.
She has written some e-books on the subject... but I don't have an e-reader device. There's the rub: to declutter in the technological age you have to ditch paper in favour of electronics!
But I am seriously considering my options.
I took a big pile of books to the charity shop.
My next de-cluttering target is my cookbook collection.
|The view when standing on FL's chair, peering over|
I can't actually get at my cookbooks unless I ask FL to get out of his chair, then pull it away from the corner so I can get in at the bookshelf.
|The shelf, FL's pill collection and the only place the aerial can get a TV signal when the trees are in full leaf!|
We did try making a kitchen bookshelf, but it collapsed under the weight of such tomes as "The Passionate Vegetarian" by Crescent Dragonwagon (yes, really). And in reality I maybe only use 5 or 10 recipes from each book.
So I am looking at ways of making my go-to recipes more accessible. I am thinking of photocopying all the ones I use and then putting them into some sort of loose-leaf folder, or pasting them into a notebook.
But I can see it would be just as easy to scan them and make them into a book using a web-based self-publishing solution... or subscribing to an online recipe database like Ziplist. But I imagine this works best if you have an i-pad or similar. Booting up the laptop and balancing it on the worktop while I cook sounds like a highly dangerous sport in this house!
So I am just wondering... what do YOU do? How do you manage your recipe collection? Or do you just enjoy having the books? I won't be ditching them all: some are really beautiful! But I know I don't need 27 cookbooks.