This past week has been another struggle with this declutter/cleaning journey. The one constant is the kitchen. I have become OCD about it. We are on Week 3 now and the sink and counters have been clean and empty the entire time. I am starting to think that my main focus is on that so I am slowly veering away from the other tasks on the list. I don’t see it as a failure though. I see it as the way my brain works and wanting to get one habit down at a time. Remember I told you that I’ve heard it takes 28 days for a habit to stick? I am getting close to that mark and it IS sticking!
Hubs was able to help his brother on a job and came home with a cabinet with a granite top. I fell in love with it as soon as I laid eyes on it. You’ve seen my completely outdated, tiny kitchen. I would love to have my whole kitchen look like this. Trust me, if we owned this place, the kitchen would be one of the first things to get updated along with an extra bedroom!
We were already planning on buying another pantry/cabinet that we have for food storage. This house has a teeny tiny pantry built-in that is basically only big enough for cans and spices. What were they thinking?!
We needed another one for our large kitchen gadgets, pots, and pans that really have no place and keep getting shuffled around to make room. Plus, hubs is so tall and hates having to bend over to get inside the bottom cabinet’s top shelf to get a pan. This new cabinet has extra deep drawers in it for pot/pan storage so it is much easier for him to get to. We also store some not-so-used items on top to keep our main counters clear and usable. Hubs set up a plug so I can even put my crock pot up there when I use it. The little side drawer is unique to us and I used it to store our teas, essential oils, and vitamins. I actually had to Google that to see what exactly is was meant for.
Because we were going through our kitchen rearranging things for the new cabinet/counter, hubs went on an all-out decluttering spree. Next thing I knew, he was tossing things that weren’t being used and needed and I walked into my kitchen to find the drawers were also rearranged! I think my decluttering mission has rubbed off on him! He made a completely clean section on the counter next to the stove to use when we make meals. Normally the counters would have the extra pans and such that we store in the oven that gets put on the counter while we are using it, which leaves very little room to make our plates and lay food out. Not anymore!
I’m sure things will still get rearranged a little more but for now I am happy.
How do you make small spaces work in your kitchen?