EpiphanyAn 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!