Yesterday I got home and had decided to fix breakfast for dinner.
Well – it didn’t happen. I got looking for a glass for some orange juice and became frustrated with how the cabinets looked. I then noticed that the counters needed cleaning – not horribly bad but they needed it. Then I realized the tables in the kitchen/dining room (it’s one big room) needed dusting. I then proceeded to clean off the desk, kitchen table and side table of their odds and ends. I moved all four chairs and bench into the living room, Seth ended up dusting for me (ain’t he sweet!).
Seth went off to start cleaning his room and folding his clothes when I realized that I still needed to clean out the two cabinets above the refrigerator that NEVER get used. So – to that spot I went. I got a box I brought from work and started filling it with insulated lunch bags no longer used but not throw away or Goodwill material. Old paperwork for our vacuum cleaner and other odds and ends paperwork. Then came the glasses. We have TONS of small kid sized glasses that we NEVER use. I packed up most of them (I left four plus all the plastic stackable cups) and also packed up the Christmas coffee mugs that weren’t used. Along with four other black coffee mugs. Still – after all that was put up – we have 10 coffee cups. I am pretty sure that’s enough.
I then proceeded to fill the over-the-refrigerator cabinets with things I didn’t want to store (cause they could break and that would be bad) but that we didn’t use either. So the obvious choice was our collection of shot glasses and Jeremy’s grandfather’s etched glasses. In our old jobs (Jeremy and I worked together for almost five years) Jeremy would get sent out for business – literally EVERYWHERE. So when ever he would land in what ever city it was – he would buy me a shot glass. I have one from Kentucky, a few from Canada, California, Texas, Virginia, North and South Carolina, Florida – too many to even count really. So I made Seth come and help me. I had gotten everything down from one cabinet and didn’t want to get up and down the chair to get them from the stove so – he helped. Before I knew it Crystal (my SIL) was in the drive way to color my hair.
Needless to say I never got around to thoroughly cleaning the counters, sweeping or mopping – but I will dang it! The whole cabinet thing gets me because we have TONS of cabinet space but most of it is filled with stuff we don’t use or we could find a better solution for storing it. Like our twenty something jars of spices – I seriously need a spice rack. Or the bake ware that I don’t use that just sits in the bottom of one of the big cabinets. I pawned off a cake pan on Crystal last night – even though she’s on a diet and doesn’t eat cake. Maybe she can pass it to a friend – I only used it once the six years we have lived in our house.
I’ve always been interested in storage solutions for cabinets. I walk through Lowe’s or Home Depot, even Wal-Mart looking at all the different solutions. It overwhelms me. What if it doesn’t work like I want? What if I don’t really like it as much as I thought? Then I have drilled holes in the cabinet for nothing. What are some ways you have organized your cabinets? Oh – one of our big cabinets is in the corner of our kitchen. I have to get a chair to reach to the back of the cabinet to get something (if I need it) and you can’t really see what’s back there. How in the world am I supposed to use that space? Any tips, tricks or advice would be appreciated!!!
xo – S.J.
I think I really need to start keeping my camera on hand – I type too much without pictures for you guys to look at! 🙂