Every day this week, we have had sunshine by the late morning. I've been wearing skirts, barefeet and short sleeved shirts- in February! In Vancouver! Spring is definitely in the air...
And with spring comes that insatiable urge to organize, de-clutter and clean (at least for me, it does). I'm feeling it already, and I actually can't wait to start!
So today, I am starting Organizing Junkie's Monthly Round-Up, which is currently focused on the kitchen. I sort of wish we could start somewhere else, like my kid's bedroom or the hall closets or something.
See, we moved into this house 5 months ago, in the midst of a very stressful and tiring season of our lives. My thoughts were not on great organization, but mostly just on survival and getting stuff put away so that the house was livable. Now, after fumbling my way through all these months and getting a real feel for the house (which I think is somewhat necessary before you start to organize anyways), I am ready to tackle it.
I can't believe I am going to do this, but I need the accountability badly. Today is supposed to be my organizing/house projects day in my new routine (which I am still loving, by the way). Yesterday I took some very, er, shall we say revealing photos of the inner workings of my kitchen.
They are not a pretty sight. This is not for the faint of heart. Org Junkie, you might not want to look at these pics until they are followed by the "after" shots, or you might just feel the urge to start looking at plane tickets to fly down to my neck of Canada and give this poor, unorganized, hopeless woman a hand (hey, you know, that's not such a bad idea! :)
Take note of the haphazard baking/spices cupboard, the practically
empty spice rack, the dish towels with no rhyme or reason, the mildly
scary pantry, the tossed together food storage cupboard, and the
cluttered cookbook shelf.
This afternoon, I believe that I will hit up a good dollar store, in search of some nifty little baskets and other organizing gadgets, and then come home and spend an hour just taking the plunge and choosing one area to start with.
I don't expect to be finished until next Friday (my next projects day), but hopefully I will have some beautiful pictures of a truly organized and lovely kitchen to show you!