Thursday, July 17, 2008


It feels good to get rid of extraneous STUFF. I've been working hard this summer, and the fire has just spurred me on in that direction. I have a long to-do list, fire cleanup related, that I chose to ignore today in favor of cleaning out a bunch of extra stuff from the kitchen.

As you can see, the curtains are down, since I had to wash them. It all sort of feels like a good opportunity to do some serious cleaning.

I think I have one of the least practical kitchens imaginable. Not enough cabinet space, no pantry (I have a book case that I'm using for boxed goods), very little countertop space, and a small fridge. But it is rather cozy. All the pots live on the stovetop because there's no other place to store them.

I still have a long way to go, but in the past months (including today) I have removed both an old metal cabinet that was cluttered with junk AND an old wooden mini-hutch that was similarly cluttered with junk, and re-organized to fit the few non-junk items (such as the coffee maker!) into other nooks and crannies.

And now, because I had to wash ALL the kid's clothes to get rid of smoke odor, I have some laundry to finish folding and sorting before I can go to bed tonight. Here's all the clothes...summer, winter and everything inbetween. I shall be smart and actually try and do some culling before I put it all away. Bwahahahaha! Here is my King sized bed filled with those clothes.

But praise God, the insurance company agreed that they'd re-imburse us the cost of some air mattresses, so we can sleep the kids here at home rather than constantly going to a hotel every night. This is a win-win situation because it allows us to get back to our normal routine, AND it saves Allstate some money. We would rather be at home and sleeping people on the floor than separated into two hotel rooms. So, glory to God!


JustinZ said...

Wow, you're kitchen looks great. Maybe we need to consider burning down our house.

Philippa said...

Re: the pots on the stove. Rather than go "out" since you don't have space for other cabinets, etc., go "up". I see a flat wall to the right of the stove. With some sturdy nails, you could hang your pots on the wall. And a basket of some kind could house the lids.

Just a thought.

I like cozy kitchens to be honest. The less to clean and clutter, the better as far as I am concerned.

Alana said...

nails in the wall won't work. I've tried it. That's some very hard plaster or concrete or something. Not even a drill will penetrate.

Anonymous said...

Hey, it's Lisa S. I'm the reverse of you -- I use kitchen cabinets as a BOOKCASE!

Glad you're all OK and getting back into your regular routine.