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I Can't Sit Still

I don't know about you, but sometimes I get so excited about something new that I want to do ALL THE THINGS and do them RIGHT NOW! But I'm also in a season where I realize that slowing down and taking a breather is a good thing. It's Spring and the sun is shining here in Southern California...I need to remind myself to soak it in and experience renewal rather than just relish in the rush of daily life.

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WINTER CLEANIN’

I’ve been in this lil shoebox of a condo for ten years next month. It hasn’t grown or and new storage locations have not mysteriously appeared, which is why I am constantly looking around and wondering:

WHERE DID ALL OF THIS STUFF COME FROM?

Ever feel that way?

I was standing in my kitchen the last time I cooked a big meal and realized I’d been cramming pots, pans, utensils, etc, into every nook and cranny in the kitchen; my closets and cabinets are not much better.

While I was home waiting for an electrician yesterday, I decided to tackle the kitchen. I knew it would be a pain, but that it had to be done.

Exhibit A / Hot Mess 1

I could not fit another thing into the lazy susan cabinet that stores my pots and pans. There were all sorts of extra goodies in there, too. Nothing was organized and it was always hard to find what I was looking for – no me gusta.

I pulled everything out and started making piles of the things I really use, the things that can get stashed elsewhere, and the things I could toss. It was liberating.

When I finished that gnarly mess, I moved on to my utensil drawer.

Exhibit B / Hot Mess 2

I can’t tell you how many times I’ve reached for something in this crazy drawer and injured myself.

There’s sharp crap in there, y’all!

I have absolutely no idea why I have a rolling pin or cookie cutters. I don’t bake. I also have cheese servers and I don’t care for cheese. What gives?!

I tossed the old and duplicative, organized the things I use least by layering them on the bottom, and then worked my way up with the practical and everyday. Sharp items have been removed and stored elsewhere so the food I make will no longer be garnished with blood!

And voila! My cabinets and drawers no longer give me hives!

I’m by no means a neat freak, but turning my kitchen into an organized space makes me excited to use it all the more. And given that the holidays are RIGHT around the corner and I have a couple of fun things planned, I’m all set to go!

Do you find yourself getting on an organizing kick around the holidays? Or do you wait until all the pandemonium is over?

Comments

  1. Ahhh…but I am one of THOSE people. You know, the kind that requires organization. It is as vital to my existence as oxygen. (I may be over dramatizing just a bit …but not much.) The crazy thing is, disorganization of others doesn’t phase me one little bit. And the older I’ve gotten, the more I’ve come to realize I can weather a disheveled environment if I have internal order. The more I feel “off” emotionally, the more I need my external world organized. Think I need a shrink? LOL! Great job getting your kitchen in tip top shape!

  2. I so need to do this with a few of my cabinets. the ones that I have done this to have stayed clean and make life so much easier, now I just need to finish the rest!

  3. Scarlett says:

    I LOVE the comment “when I feel off emotionally I need my external world in order”… I think you just became MY shrink!! Haaa! Makes perfect sense to me!

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