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Tuesday, March 23rd, 2010


An epiphany (from the ancient Greek "ἐπιφάνεια", epiphaneia, "manifestation, striking appearance") is the sudden realization or comprehension of the (larger) essence or meaning of something. The term is used in either a philosophical or literal sense to signify that the claimant has "found the last piece of the puzzle and now sees the whole picture," or has new information or experience, often insignificant by itself, that illuminates a deeper or numinous foundational frame of reference. (Wikipedia)

Maybe a little too literal for my use today but definitely the "last piece of the puzzle" regarding my baking pans. It may sound silly to have an epiphany about baking pans but if you have the quantity I have, you might see the point.

I've struggled to get moved into the house. I don't have Betsy's youth and drive. I don't have Niki's or Merritt's nesting instincts. I've been a renter all my life and lived and decorated like a transient--always thinking there will be another move. It's a mindset. I ate poorly and over worked muscles while moving. I really didn't feel like coming into the house and digging in and making changes or working on things.

I'm eating better. Exercising more and feeling healthier and more energetic. I'm tired of the mess. I tried to find pull-out drawers and shelves for my kitchen cabinets and drawers but the cabinets and drawers are a little off-size for off-the-shelf. In the meantime, the baking pans cluttered the dining area and looked ugly and were a nuisance.

This morning around 3 AM, my epiphany came. I have a very large walk-in closet in the family room--relatively close to the kitchen-dining area. I have no real use for all the built-in shelves but figured I'd use it for some kind of storage. This AM it dawned on me. Rather than reinvent the wheel by making the kitchen cabinets work--why not use what is already in place and easily accessible (no on the knees digging into the back of a cabinet)?

After exercising around 5 AM, I went to work moving baking pans to the closet. My dining area is nearly empty (still some "stuff" around) and the newly appointed baking closet is working great. More room available than I have baking pans (no, not planning on buying more to fill it up!).

Sometimes we just need to stop and focus on the problem and see if a solution is already available. Now...about those daisies in the bedroom....

Christmas specific pans

Pies/Tarts/Specialty Cake Pans

Muffins/Long Loaf Pans/Flat Cake Pans

Special Mini-Bundt/Shaped Pans/Cheesecake Pans/Layer Cake Pans

Various Bundt/Tube Pans/Square Cake Pans/Loaf Pans

Baking Closet Extraordinare!

Tags:  baking, new home
That is quite the collection of pans! I'd certainly know who to go to if I needed something specific.
Merritt   Tuesday, March 23, 2010
Wow! You're so well organized!! Looks great, Linda! And I'm sure all that organization really lifts your spirit too!
!   Tuesday, March 23, 2010
That looks great! I wish I had something like that for all the various kitchen gadgets that I have.
justmeg   Tuesday, March 23, 2010
I love epiphanies! Looks like you found the perfect solution to your problem. Looks great Linda, and yes, so organized!!
Jules   Tuesday, March 23, 2010
i think you williams sonoma beat with pans! my pantry needs an overhaul, it is a crazy mess! looks great!
Moore Crazies   Tuesday, March 23, 2010
Now THAT is the storage area of a professional BAKER - The Cake Boss would be so proud! And the only thing missing is a shot of the baker herself...HA!!
Angi   Tuesday, March 23, 2010
Looks great and I know it makes you feel better. Great idea!
dannie   Tuesday, March 23, 2010
Amazing! I'm always digging in the back of the cabinet to find what I need and I hate it. Our kitchen is relatively small, so storage that makes sense has been an issue for a while. This is just perfect for all of your tools.
Ames   Tuesday, March 23, 2010
Perfect solution! Thinking outside the box (kitchen) worked great!!!
Deb Helms   Tuesday, March 23, 2010
I love it when things come together. I find that when I have a designated space for a whole "type" of stuff then lots of other piles of things that have remained unsorted/organized seem to work their way into being organized too, so it's contagious!
Lionheart   Tuesday, March 23, 2010
WOW! I'd love to have all those pans. Someday I will...
girlcarew   Wednesday, March 24, 2010
Girl, if Ashley decides she doesn't want them or wants to share when I'm gone, I will add you to the will. :)
LGrant   Thursday, March 25, 2010
Works for me!!
girlcarew   Thursday, March 25, 2010
I think you still have a spot on the top shelf to fill - better go shopping :)
Carol   Friday, March 26, 2010
I'm very proud of you! You're going to get organized before me and I'm retired. I just don't have time for organization -- too many other things to do -- crossword puzzles, sudokos, jumble words -- and that's all before 9 a.m. I have good intentions but there's always something that gets in the way. And now golf season is approaching.
Carol   Friday, March 26, 2010
I'm years behind you, Carol. Haven't done it since I moved to TN 5 years before I moved to MN for 17 years and now in Oregon for 8. Time to get cracking! I have found it helps me to have "a place". So, I'm a box freak and place freak. Must be some kind of mental disorder but if something is in a box in a place and it always goes there--I'm better at keeping things under control.
LGrant   Friday, March 26, 2010
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