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Big Black Dog: Metamorphosis Monday - Sprinkles, Jimmies and other Confections

October 25, 2009

Metamorphosis Monday - Sprinkles, Jimmies and other Confections





Since we're having such a rainy fall I decided to get a jump on my closet organizing which I usually do in the dead of winter.

When we were remodeling the basement many times we had to build soffits or closets to hide heat ducts and other unsightly necessities. And right at the bottom of our basement stairs we had a heat duct and some electrical cable connections that needed to disappear so I had the closet built with double doors and very deep, wide shelves. The closet was one of the last things built which means I was construction weary, facing surgery and to make things even more hectic I was called for jury duty! So when the shelves were finally installed I just piled stuff in with no organization at all. And what starts out with no organization just gets worse...and worse...and worse.

In half the closet I keep light bulbs, candles, lanterns and flashlights and this side is actually pretty well organized. But the other half of the closet is where I keep all my confections for cookies and cupcakes, infrequently used small appliances, candy making equipment and large tupperware-like containers for storage and it was a horrible mess.

I mean really look at these shelves!



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So I totally emptied the confection/baking side of the closet and put it all in the middle of the basement floor.



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I know I have a lot of confections but I do bake quite a bit and I love to sprinkle. So I organized all the confections, sanding sugars, nonpareils and jimmies per holiday or season and then by color.

This is about half of my stash of confections. It was nice to organize them because now I know I'm low on 4th of July and St. Patrick's Day sprinkles and almost completely out of orange jimmies!

Sugar Confections will fade if exposed to light. So make sure to store them in a dark closet or in a lidded box.



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I'm going to blame my bulk store for feeding my obsession because they have the most wonderful assortment of decorations for every season and holiday imaginable. There's easily 100+ bins of different colored sugars and decorations.



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After I organized all the confections, it really did not take me long at all to put the closet in order. And look at all the room I have!


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I feel so much better now!


Next on the list is the other large basement closet which now contains all our wine and my hiking gear plus all the dogs hiking gear. Should be interesting..LOL!



My Guys Back Packing May 2000




Metamorphosis Monday is hosted by Between Naps on the Porch. Please visit Susan's site and you'll find some fabulous ideas freely shared by many gracious and highly creative people.



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33 Comments:

Blogger Pam said...

I always get disenchanted after I get everything pulled out. And then I just shove it all back in again.

October 25, 2009 at 4:25 PM  
Blogger Pinky said...

GREAT job! I, too, love to oragnize closets and it IS a great wintertime activity! I just FEEl so much better when things are all organized and orderly.....I know.....:):)

October 25, 2009 at 5:49 PM  
Anonymous nannykim at spindle cottage said...

I have been working this week on cupboards, closets, freezer, frig--but I have more stuff to get done. It DOES make one feel so good!! And really sometimes it doesn't take too much time. Like you said, you find out what you are out of etc.

I am wondering where you hike. I will have to see if you say where you are from...my oldest son lives in the Seattle area and does a lot of hiking in the Mountains around there!

October 25, 2009 at 5:58 PM  
Blogger Chow and Chatter said...

oh love the dogs hiking gear he he

October 25, 2009 at 6:02 PM  
Blogger Linda (Nina's Nest) said...

Wow - that's a lot of sprinkles! But it's worth it to be so organized. Linda

October 25, 2009 at 6:05 PM  
Blogger The Lazy Peacock said...

that is amazing! and inspiring. those sugars look so pretty organized in bags like that, i just love it.

October 25, 2009 at 6:07 PM  
Blogger Glenda/MidSouth said...

I love neat organized spaces - I need to get busy. Thanks for sharing.

October 25, 2009 at 6:29 PM  
Blogger Atticmag said...

Superb! And cute cookie jars stashed in the back :D

Also love your Rotties!

Jane T.

October 25, 2009 at 6:46 PM  
Blogger Blue Creek Home said...

Boy, do I need to do that to some of my closets around here!!

I love your header!
Rhonda

October 25, 2009 at 7:01 PM  
Blogger Tracy @ Sugarcrafter said...

Wow, nice work! I need to clean out our pantry, too. :-P

October 25, 2009 at 7:04 PM  
Blogger Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

I'll bet you feel good after getting that done! I always feel good after organizing something ~ whether it's a closet, drawers, or whatever needs it.

October 25, 2009 at 7:08 PM  
Blogger Susan (Between Naps on the Porch) said...

Doesn't that feel awesome! I love organizing closets...well, not so much the organizing part, as the finished result. :-) Your header pic is soooo cute...made my evening just seeing it. :-)
susan

October 25, 2009 at 7:11 PM  
Blogger Anna said...

it always feels good to clean out closets - it seems like I always find things I forgot I had too!

October 25, 2009 at 7:18 PM  
Blogger Kammy said...

Super great organizing skills - now you know what you got !
Kammy

October 25, 2009 at 7:31 PM  
Blogger Lori said...

Great job!! I have a few cabinets that I need to clean out!

October 25, 2009 at 7:32 PM  
Blogger Jane (Frugal Fine Living) said...

Wow, what a closet transformation! You must be so pleased with the result.

Jane

October 25, 2009 at 7:40 PM  
Blogger Lori E said...

I do really well for a while but then one day in a hurry stuff will just get shoved in, then a bag will break and there will be sugar all over then I will buy more of something that I already had and ...well you get the picture.
Good for you for getting organized.

October 25, 2009 at 9:44 PM  
Blogger Yvonne @ StoneGable said...

Good for you! I also started organizing my much overdue mess in the pantry.
Doesn't it make you feel so much better?
You have given me the added inspiration I need. Thank you!
If you organize more please post it.
Yvonne

October 25, 2009 at 9:44 PM  
Anonymous Jen @ My Kitchen Addiction said...

Now that you have practice, can I interest you in cleaning out my pantry? ;) I have a shelf that is lots of partially opened bags of chocolate chips, PB chips, sprinkles, etc... It's on my to-do list for the next week or so (along with rearranging my whole kitchen - eek!).

October 25, 2009 at 9:53 PM  
Blogger Nancy @ La Chambre Rose said...

Excellent! Well done, and how marvelous you must feel having completed it. I do love the pic with bins and bins of baking confections. Very dangerous place for me.

October 25, 2009 at 10:08 PM  
Blogger glamah16 said...

First, where is that store. Tell me please. Second I though I was bad , but you have me beat. You could open a shop.

October 25, 2009 at 11:12 PM  
Blogger Michelle said...

Lovely job, I wanna come bake with you! What bulk store is that? We used to have a Home Economist but it closed many years ago. Stop by for a visit soon!
Michelle

October 26, 2009 at 12:05 AM  
Blogger Rita Kent at TesoroFino.Com said...

Why is it that some simple organizing makes me feel settled inside?? It looks great!!...and the photos of the dogs is terrific!

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October 26, 2009 at 6:15 AM  
Blogger Kat said...

Great looking closets now! You do have a lot of sprinkles!
I am getting ready to paint the sports room, man cave, smoking room (it is seperate from the house, no smoking in my house) place where we all watch the big screen! It will be a job, but someone has to do it!

October 26, 2009 at 8:27 AM  
Blogger ♥♥♥Ria♥♥♥ said...

Michelle, I don't care how messy your place is... I am so jealous now! We hardly get any sprinkles here! WOW! You have an amaaazing collection! And doggie hiking gear should be very intersting! :)

October 26, 2009 at 9:55 AM  
Blogger Brenda @Cozy Little House said...

You're so right. When things start getting jumbled up, it only gets worse. And worse. Good job on getting it organized. I hate it when I can't find something I need!
Brenda

October 26, 2009 at 10:39 AM  
Blogger Maryann @ Domestically-Speaking said...

Love the feeling after getting organized. She store with the bins would get me in TROUBLE!! What fun though.

October 26, 2009 at 12:22 PM  
Blogger Natashya KitchenPuppies said...

A great collection!
I keep mine in tin lunch boxes, but I don't have nearly the amount you have.
The heat ducts don't effect the sugars? Or is it a cold air return?

October 26, 2009 at 2:01 PM  
Blogger Michelle said...

Natashya,

It's a heat duct. I didn't even think of the heat effecting the sugars. But they've beens stored in this closet for over a year now so all last winter and no problems. But the sugars are on the middle shelf, a good 2-3' from the heat duct.

So far so good!

Michelle

October 26, 2009 at 2:23 PM  
Anonymous cindy@cottage instincts said...

Yikes...now I'm getting embarrassed by how atrocious my pantry looks. Organizing always makes a great metamorphosis :O)
peace.

October 26, 2009 at 6:55 PM  
Blogger Karen D said...

OH MY, I love it when things get organized....but that is not why I had to drop you a quick note! I LOVE YOUR PUPPIES! We had two Rotties, Boz and Kiesha, who alas are no longer with us. We have a lab now, but I will always love our Big Black Dogs. Thanks for sharing pictures of yours!

October 27, 2009 at 3:12 PM  
Blogger Cass @ That Old House said...

Wow, you did a great job in organizing that closet. Now you have inspired me to get to work on my pantry, which looks like your "before" picture!
Cass

October 27, 2009 at 4:16 PM  
Blogger ~ ~ Ahrisha ~ ~ said...

Great job! Isn't it a good feeling to organize?

October 28, 2009 at 4:44 PM  

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