I actually have found that I’ve missed writing these last few days (I was whipping out things left and right there for awhile). I went out of town with family last week and have been a little off schedule-wise since. But, I’m ready to get back into minimalizing and hit it hard in the coming days!
So what’s on my agenda, you may ask? THE KITCHEN.
I’ll admit that I’ve done pieces of the kitchen prior to the start of blogging. It was the first place I really tackled since it was one of the places that bothered me most.
Why did it bother me? I realized some time ago that I spent an extraordinary amount of time maintaining the kitchen – meaning, I wasn’t cooking or doing something productive – I was cleaning. Cleaning the pots and pans, cleaning the dishes, waiting for the dishwasher to finish so I could empty it and fill it again… it was a never ending cycle. One that I hated immensely – and I’m positive it hated me, too.
It was actually the one place in the house that finally drove me to take this journey. I didn’t want to spend time behind the sink while my kids played, or begged for me to play with them.
The problem is that I have accumulated a LOT of kitchen items, which makes it easy to just use another pot or pan, or grab another plate, versus quickly washing the dish you’d just used. This led to an accumulation of dirty dishes which needed to be cleaned, and clutter in the cabinets so, when I actually did do the dishes, I hated putting them away or finding a spot for them.
(I have to admit that I don’t think my cabinets were that bad. I’ve seen worse but to me, they were cluttered and suffocating.)
The kitchen is a big place, though, and more than I can get done in one day while my littles are running wild. So I decided to do the dishes/pots&pans part today which will make the most improvement.
When I first did the kitchen, I kind of sifted through and picked things to stay and go. I have two impressive boxes full of stuff that has been ousted already, mostly cups and plates/bowls. This happened a few weeks ago and i’m happy to say that none of it has found its way back into my kitchen 🙂 Annnnd none of it will, really. I’m still wavering on whether I want to store some extra plates for company or not… *shrugs* a thought for another day.
I wasn’t happy with the results long-term, though. Firstly, because I didn’t get rid of enough. Secondly… well, actually, it’s all about the firstly. I didn’t cull enough (I barely touched the pots and pans and baking dishes) and I am still faced with my cabinets feeling blah. They’re not cluttered, they’re just not cohesive and, again, it’s not all used/useful so it bugs me.
My approach this time versus my first go is a little different. Instead of sifting through, I’m pulling it ALL out, focusing on the pots/pans/baking dishes. It’ll all get set on the kitchen table so it’s accessible if needed but not put away somewhere.
The plan is this: if it’s still sitting there after a week, it gets packed up and put in the garage for hold over and eventually garage sale. I’ll make a few exceptions I think but for the most part, since I cook so often, if I don’t use something in a week, it’s probably not going to get used.
Also, everything I use has to be washed after each use to avoid unnecessary doubling/tripling. (Fun observation – I bet there are a lot of things that are doubled in your kitchen! For example, I have FOUR cutting boards. When will I ever need four freaking cutting boards? It just encourages me to grab a clean one instead of washing the one I just finished with.)
Super excited about this since my cabinets are lovely and empty 🙂
Here’s a picture of my table:
And what all of my lower, and some of the upper, cabinets look like now:
Obviously they won’t stay empty. They’ll be filled with items that get pulled from the table as they’re used. I’ll post an update next week on what got saved and what the cabinets end up looking like. Stay tuned for that 🙂 Annnd, up next, I’ll be doing the drawers, followed by food stuffs.