I bet you are wondering where I am at with my fall decluttering and cleaning project. Well, here is the next installment of The Horrible Housewife!
I’ve been stuck decluttering the kitchen for way too long now! I’m going to have to break up the kitchen into parts. It didn’t make sense to just declutter in this room since every cupboard was dysfunctional.
The biggest issue was that the pantry was actually being used to store Tupperware and random baking dishes which meant that all the food was shoved in cupboards.
There were also 3 spice racks attached to the walls. (No, I didn’t take a picture!)
My ultimate goal is to remove the wallpaper so I took them down.
Unfortunately, I then had to go through a hundred bottles of spices. More than a few expired about five years ago.
Since I had so many spice bottles on the counters, I had to move all the cans out of the cupboard that I designated for spices. You get the picture. (Some of the canned goods were expired so I had to go through all of them also.)
I finally just moved all of the food into the pantry (after I primed and painted it). The pantry isn’t organized yet so I will show it to you when I am done.
And if one pantry full of plastic containers wasn’t enough, I also found a bank of cupboards filled with more of them. (I love you, Dad. You’ll thank me one day.)
I filled up more bags for Goodwill and emptied it. The microwave was at the end of the extra counter and the space between the wall and the microwave collected all sorts of clutter.
Last year, I made a “kids pantry” because keeping things in upper cabinets was not conducive to having the kids learn to get easy snacks for themselves. But, I realized that it was adding to the over all crowded feel to the kitchen. Our kitchen is very spacious in all actuality but feels so cramped. So I got rid of the little pantry.
And decided to use the extra and now empty cupboard for easy to reach kid’s drinks, dishes, and snacks. I did keep the hotdog grill that I found under there and used the top left shelf for my protein powders and workout supplements.
It does look much better with nothing on the counter. One area down in the kitchen about three more to go!
I need to do this for my son so he can “self help” himself to snacks and such, esp when it’s early in the AM and I’m not there since the bf and him get lost in video games; lol! 🙂 Thanks for the idea – I do recall you doing this last year so glad it’s working out 🙂 Have a great one Herchel! -Iva
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You remembered the big jar of nutella lol! My son’s new favorite are belgian waffle nutella sandwhiches so I need to get a new jar of the “chocolate peanut butter.” 🙂