Since I didn’t quite get finished last week, I thought I’d plunge right back in this week.
I also had a renewed mission thanks to my mom.
We got to talking about small kitchens and brainstorming how to get more counter space from my little kitchen. I decided the countertops on either side of my sink HAD to be cleared. That meant the coffee/tea area I had put together would need to find a new home and the recycling that seems to always fill up the other side would need to find a new place to meet before heading to the garage where the recycling tubs reside.
So, I started in the most logical place: the cup/glass/mug cabinet.
I’m sure some of you are scratching your heads about why I would start there, but really, I have a reason. This cabinet is where I proposed to put the coffee/tea fixings from the cabinet below it. However, looking at the state it was in, this would not be a simple task.
I organized and pitched, then added the coffee and tea things, ending up with this:
Now, remember these are the overflow because I have 7 cups on the other side of the kitchen that are the ones we are to use daily. I’ve entertained thoughts of putting a lock on this cabinet so they can’t pillage through it, but of course, then how would I retrieve my beloved coffee? So anyway, my countertop now looks like this:
I ended up putting my recycling in a box in my dishwasher (that I rarely use because of my new system of keeping things clean)
Onward and forward…on the other side of the sink is a cabinet that holds my herbals teas and some extras:
There were some seriously outdated items in there. See that Enfamil? That’s from when Micah was a newborn and the meds from the C-section zapped my milk supply. Needed to be pitched!
I got rid of tons of stuff in there and ended up with this:
The next cabinet has no pictures because it all happened so fast. Ever read If You Give a Mouse a Cookie? Well, my storage containers/mixing bowls cabinet went about like that! I needed a bowl to make banana bread in, but when I opened the cabinet and everything came crashing down on me, I decided I must first clean out the cabinet and get rid of, you guessed it…half my stuff! I did that, only to realize I then needed to go through my lids drawer to get rid of the corresponding lids. Once that was accomplished, I was able to start my banana bread…only to discover my oven had finally bit the dust. Lovely.
Next stop…the stuff that lurks beneath the sink!
And the after:
Is anyone else worn out yet by my tiny kitchen that seems utterly overwhelming? How is it possible such a small space could create such angst?
I have 2 more areas that need to be addressed before I can put this room to rest (and hopefully keep it looking neat and tidy from there), but those will just have to wait. I’m at a homeschool conference this weekend and need to expend my energy elsewhere for the time being.
So, how is the decluttering coming with all of you? Leave me a note and if you post pics on your blog, leave that link too!
By the way, remember I was going to keep you updated on my FLYlady progress. Well, there is no progress because I decided FLYlady really wasn’t for me at this juncture in my life–a conclusion I had come to before, but thought was quite possibly my own mental roadblock.
I’ve since gone back to something tried and true I will share with you next week. ;)