I cannot even begin to tell you how awesome it feels to have our kitchen cleaned and organized! I finished the cupboards and tackled the countertops early this week, and it was a full day job (with two little messers and lots of play breaks). I feel so much less stressed that I am even more committed to keeping the clutter out.
I put everything that was using the kitchen as ‘limbo-land’ back in it’s proper place, and found places for things that used to reside on the countertop. I decided the mixer wasn’t used enough to warrant a permanent place on the counter, even though I loved the cheery red color. Having it in the corner just seemed to attract more items to want to congregate with it! Into the lower cabinet it went, fitting in nicely with the red crock pot. The only things on the counter are the Keurig and our kombucha brew. The kombucha is waiting for a hidden spot in the pantry, because really, it’s not the most beautiful thing to look at.
I am embarrassed to show you the ‘Before’ photos of my counters, but in the name of keeping it real and knowing that there are others out there just like me who are ‘creatives’ with a thousand things going at once, here they are:
I forgot to take photos before I put the mixer away…
And now the ‘Afters,’ our Fresh Start.
For those of you who love a true Before and After, here’s a comparison of when we moved in and how it looks now…
Lots of changes, and it feels like us. Now that we can see the counters again, I have plans to resurface them. But for right now, I am going to enjoy the simple feeling of clean and organized.