Yesterday I spent most of the day
de-cluttering my kitchen!
I have wanted to do this for a very,
VERY long time!
There was so much stuff around
that it made any kind of work in here
Now....I'm very nervous and embarrassed
to show you these pictures!
But you need to see them
in order to understand
the relief and satisfaction I'm feeling!
Ok....take a deep breath....
Here goes nothing!
Please don't faint!
It does get better!
Here's what it looked like before I started:
CALGON, TAKE ME AWAY!
Boy, I had my work cut out for me!
This counter is a magnet for anything
and everything to gather,
Tupperware that won't fit in the cupboard!
Unfortunately I had to remove the green bin because
water had gotten underneath
and it was not a pretty sight!
I will clean the bin up and use it somewhere else,
away from any water source!
I like it too much to get rid of!
The toaster is too big for this space.
And it also is a gathering place
for anything that I didn't have a place for.
The book and the bag have been there for....
well, let's just say it's been awhile!
The bin in the corner holds necessary items:
like nails, screws, sewing thread & needles
for quick fixes, plate hangers.
But these things are not needed on a daily basis.
Morning coffee was always a battle!
There was always something in the way
of the coffee pot,
and I was always moving things around
to get to anything.
The cookie jar, which holds tea bags and coffee filters,
was too big for the space,
and I never used anything in the wire basket
except the sugar shaker.
That was painful!
I hope you are still with me!
Now, for the AFTER!
I CAN SEE MY COUNTER TOP!!!
And LOTS of it!
Here is my new coffee/beverage station!
My homemade hot chocolate mix and loose tea
are in the round jars.
I was excited when I discovered the jars fit
LIKE A GLOVE in the white wire basket!
Pens and paper are now in the drawer where they belong!
And I found this basket in the new spring product
section of our NEW Hobby Lobby!
(it opened last Tuesday & I've already been there twice!)
Coffee filters and scoop - another perfect fit!
HL also has coordinating wall plaques
that I will probably be purchasing to cover the
hideous laminate on the back-splash of my counters.
Toaster & knife block are now over between the
stove & fridge, freeing up A LOT of space on this counter!
Not sure what to put in the bottom
of this basket yet (bananas?),
but the top, since it's hard to get to,
is now home of a teapot trinket box and mini teacup.
Will be looking for some greenery to place behind it, too.
This little wire teacup holds recipe cards while cooking!
And my odds-n-ends bin found it's new home
on top of the fridge,
along with my spoon-lady and her cow.
The basket holds snacks & such.
So there it is - my weekend kitchen project.
Largely inspired by Leslie's kitchen transformation at
Goodbye, House! Hello, Home!
Goodbye, House! Hello, Home!
I'm hoping to have the cabinets refaced
and the countertops replaced in the near future.
Well, time to go watch the last half of the Packer/Bears game!
~~~GO PACK GO! ~~~
Have a wonderful weekend!