Saturday, October 15, 2011

31 Days To a More Organized Life: Day 15 - A Blast From the Past

Do NOT miss the really fun video from 1949 -
embedded in the bottom of this post!
Okay, now, on with the show!

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Welcome to Day 15.
Today, let's see if we can be inspired from the past.
In "these economic times," - which hopefully you read to yourself with the same ominous tone as you hear in the news media - we are living differently.

Instead of vacations, we have staycations.
On cooking shows I am seeing a resurgence of the cast iron skillet. I'm not surprised. It's virtually a one-pan wonderland which uses little fat to make flavorful food. (Those who read yesterday's post Day 14 - What Would Make it WORK? saw our shiny black cast iron skillet within easy reach.

I'm seeing a lot of slow-cooker recipes and dutch oven recipes - and that's no coincidence. Those wet braise environments allow a cook to take an inexpensive piece of meat that has lots of connective tissue - like a shoulder cut - and over low and slow heat - turn it into an unctuous lip-smacking good meal.

I was re-watching an old video from 1949 that I first highlighted last year, talking about creative space ideas. Today I spotted this great book rack - built in to the 1949 kitchen cabinet.

(That's just a pic - but I did include the whole video below!)

Love that book rack.
Very simple. Functional.
I wonder - could I make something like that?

Looks like these pot racks might fit the bill - as long as they fit your upper cabinet.
Something like this might work, too - if it's strong enough to hold a book.

I highly recommend the watching the 13 minute movie from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Motion Picture Service called Step-Saving Kitchen (1949). (I've embedded it above, but in case it stops working, I just want you to have the direct link.)

Fair warning, the beginning is a little hokey - but the rest is pretty neat. It might just be just the inspiration you are looking for!

Want to catch up?

Day 31 - Creating Your Dream Kitchen and Life!
Day 30 - Keep It Simple
Day 29 - Organizing Your Closet or Coat Rack
Day 28 - Raking It In
Day 27 - Take the Pill - Clean the Medicine Cabinet
Day 26 - Creative Uses For Storage Containers (Part 2)
Day 25 - Grab and Go!
Day 24 - Use What You've Got
Day 23 - No, Really...Look Over There!
Day 22 - Do you need THIS over THERE! (Part 2)
Day 21 - Do you need THIS over THERE! (Part 1)
Day 20 - Wish and Gift Lists
Day 19 - Grace and Rest
Day 18 - Easy Free Ornament Storage
Day 17 - Pantries and Shelters
Day 16 - Do You Have a Blue Box
Day 15 - A Blast From the Past
Day 14 - What would make it WORK?
Day 13 - Filling the Wasted Space
Day 12 - Spice Things Up
Day 11 - Clean out Your Purse and Wallet
Day 10 - Simple Safety Tips
Day 9 - Sorting the Sock Drawer
Day 8 - Creative Uses for Food Storage Containers
Day 7 - The Dreaded Junk Drawer (Part 2)
Day 6 - The Dreaded Junk Drawer (Part 1)
Day 5 - Day 5 - Cleaning and Organizing Your Cell Phone
Day 4 - Getting a Grip on Storage Containers
Day 3 - "Waxing Poetic"
Day 2 - Grab Those Gift Cards
Day 1 - We Dream

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