My Minimalism Journey

Dark Cabinet of Mystery (re-post)

I just reached 200 posts (the tierneycreates blog began in October 2013). I thought I would share one of my favorite posts – “Dark Cabinet of Mystery” (October 2015). I figure with 200 blog posts under my belt, I can now start occasionally sharing some “re-runs” – ha! 

(And as TV viewers might say: “oh no, it’s a re-run, when will the new season start?!?!”)

There is nothing on the Design Wall and the sewing machine is cold…

We all have those stretches on “non-creatvity” and I am hopefully on the tail end of one of those stretches right now. I have however continued with my side project of decluttering and scaling back my life as discussed in previous posts.  I decided to take on THE DARK CABINET OF MYSTERY

Don’t be afraid to peek in (and then reach inside)…

I know I am not alone – many people have those drawers or cabinets “of mystery” in which you never peek unless you really, really, really need to find something (and you strongly suspect, unfortunately, it is in THERE).

Most of the time you just throw something in there and quickly close the door without looking too hard to see what has gathered inside.

I have started working on what I call my Dark Cabinet of Mystery in the corner of my kitchen. It is an oddly shaped cabinet and has angle that reaches into…another dimension? A break in the “space-time continuum”? A wormhole?  I actually asked my husband to just reach into the cabinet and pull everything out.

(I figured if something grabbed him when he reached in, I could retrieve the dogs quickly and run out of the house)

Well everything got pulled out, and my husband survived emptying the cabinet. Below is what was inside and it is obvious that I kept thinking: “oh I need to save this glass jar”, “I probably really need to save this glass jar”, “not sure if I have enough glass jars”…

In addition to a large supply of empty glass jars I discovered I had a springform (aka cheesecake pan) which I have never used since buying it like 20 years ago; and I have an electric carving knife used once or twice in the 15+ years I have owned. I also have an entire extra set of flatware.

All the things discovered inside the cabinet of mystery

Now I have to decide what to keep and what to recycle (hint the numerous glass jars) or donate. I also need to decide the future of the Dark Cabinet of Mystery…

Maybe I should just have the Dark Cabinet of Mystery professionally sealed up…especially if creatures from other dimensions find a way to slip in through a portal likely in one of its dark corners…

8 thoughts on “Dark Cabinet of Mystery (re-post)”

  1. I just realized that I haven’t actually commented on your post! All those glass jars had me laughing! That is the mark of a true crafter! I actually have a few glass jars of my own accumulating because “craft supplies would look neat and organized”, “this is what I saw on Pinterest”, “these could be upcycled into cool creations”, “I just love the shape of this glass jar and want a collection of uniquely shaped glass jars,” etc, etc.!

    I also think your husband is a very brave man!

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    1. Thanks so much 🙂 Yes he is very brave – he can take on spiders for me and scary mystery cabinets! Thanks for the laugh too on the Pinterest inspired glass jar collection – I was collecting empty cans (from canned foods) for awhile inspired by something I wanted to do on Pinterest. I finally made myself recycle them!

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