After finishing up on the sun porch, it was time to move into the kitchen. The one room in the house I insist on being clean is my kitchen. My entire house can look like a tornado (or 2) came through, but my kitchen MUST be clean.
One day last week as I was doing my morning cleaning, I noticed I have a few hot spots of clutter. They’re spaces that we stick things to keep them away from the kids or because we don’t know what else to do with them – or, my favorite, something that needs fixing and we still haven’t fixed so it sits there, forgotten.
This is really what sparked my Organizational Mission. As I was looking around I realized, no matter how clean my kitchen is – the clutter just detracts.
I started with the kids cubbies. I forgot to take a before picture of this. Bad, I know. Let me describe the mess for you.
The cubbies are a freestanding unit given to me by my boss. It has 3 cubbies, each with a hook and a shelf. I have the kids hang their jackets on the hooks, put mittens and hats on the shelf and shoes on the bottom shelf. The extra cubby had a ripped plastic bag stuffed with paper recycling.
The top has a basket for T and me to leave our hats and gloves. A basket for mail was also there, overflowing with 2 weeks worth of junk mail. I also had a nice collection of tupperware to return to family members (we’re a big family of stuffing filled tupperware containers to give each other. :-)
Does this paint a good enough picture for you?
I tidied up our basket of gloves (yes, we are still wearing gloves – but they are our work gloves which get used almost daily), sorted through the mail, put up our farm sign and added a plant on the top. So much nicer.
Don’t mind the weird shadow. My kitchen doesn’t have the best natural lighting.
I added a hook to the side and made a bag to tame all the tupperware (which, amazingly, I have none of right now!). I also made a matching bag for the 3rd cubby for our paper recycling.
It’s so much better.
Today, I attack windowsills.
In particular, this one:
These projects don’t need to be big or time consuming. They just need to make an impact.