I thought the kitchen would take me several days. I thought it would be a more difficult undertaking. However, I found myself finishing cupboard after cupboard in little time. So, I got almost the entire kitchen done today in just a couple of hours.
This is what my kitchen is supposed to look like when the boys finish doing the dishes after each meal. They’re getting better at it but Kait and I usually have to go behind them and finish up.
It is usually clean to my liking at least once a day.
I started with the coffee mug cupboard. I was sure it would be the worst one to do because it was in serious disarray and I do love my coffee mugs.
As it turned out, it wasn’t all that difficult to make those serious what-to-keep decisions. I think I could have gotten rid of all of it, actually. But what would I drink my coffee in?
Kait has her favorite mugs and I just wasn’t going to throw them out. Plus, she collects tea cups and saucers and has built up quite the cute collection. My great grandmother gave me her collection to save for Kait about 10 years ago. And my mom-in-law buys them for her here and there. I love that Kait actually uses them. So, the top shelf is Kait’s for her to add to her collection.
We also keep our loose teas, coffee, sugar bowl, etc… in this cupboard.
Next I moved onto the dish cupboard.
I CLRed all the glasses because our water is gross and leaves a disgusting film on our glassware no matter how we wash them, or how we rinse them. I have to CLR them every few weeks or they get uber gross looking.
I also prefer glass to plastic. We have a few plastic cups for the kids to use in there rooms on occasion, but for the most part everybody but Jesse uses glass. We’re also phasing out our other plastic dishware. I’m in the market for all clear glass bowls and plates – just waiting for an awesome deal.
And the appliance cupboard.
Had to get rid of a few things, and managed to get my awesome mixer to fit down there. Now all my small appliances are in one place, except my giant roaster – which only fits in the garage.
And that left me with an empty cupboard. My mixer used to take up this space, but now it’s empty.
I heart empty cupboards.
The cupboard under the sink looked pretty bad, but really only took about 10 minutes to clean out.
We have a tall, skinny cupboard with cookie sheets and such in it. That didn’t really need any work.
And the pots and pans cupboard just needed a little touch up.
I really like my German pots. A lady who had lived in Germany for a while like 30 years ago purchased them there. She decided she had too many pots and pans and gave them to me.
I think they’re totally sweet.
I prefer my pots and pans cupboard to not require any stacking. This cupboard is nice and big and fits everything very well.
I also got through the mixing bowls, pie plates, cooking utensils, etc… I’ll post about them tomorrow though. Forgot before pictures, too. Bummer.
So that’s what I got through today. Quite a bit, but it didn’t take much effort. I’m kinda on a roll – it’s getting easier and easier to make quick decisions on what not to keep.
I only have 2 cupboards left – the plastic containers and the cookbooks. Oh, and the drawer under the range. Will update tomorrow!
Man, my garage sale pile is totally taking over my husbands favorite place. I better hurry up and finish up my minimizing project and have my garage sale so he can have his man-space back.