Into the kitchen
Last week was my turn to teach preschool. Which I love, but I always feel as if I’m coming up for air when my week is done. (If you’re looking for an amazing preschool curriculum, this is the best one I’ve ever done. Love, love, love. And it’s not just for Mormons!)
We’re supposed to get another foot of snow this week. I have nothing pressing on my calendar. It’s time to do what I have been long avoiding: organize my kitchen.
I have found that certain rooms in a home need to be reassessed about every six months. The kitchen, where I spend about 90 percent of my time, is one of those. I like to have things right where I need them, and right where they work for everyone. Moving the drinking cups to a lower shelf comes to mind. As does moving spices to a higher shelf, because I have a toddler who takes intense interest in my cinnamon.
The entire pantry needs a reworking. The freezer has become a black hole. You understand.
I began with the cupboards and drawers yesterday. I’ll give you a sneak peak into what I found:
I’m giving this to you in black and white, because it was even more frightening in color.
This picture says so much. One, I really need to learn how to focus my camera. Two, you can tell the kids are in charge of unloading the dishwasher. Going through this drawer was a revelation. I found the long-lost cheese slicer, as well as my favorite measuring spoon.
My whole afternoon was like that. Who knew I had not one, but two crockpots? Who knew I hadn’t packed away the Christmas dishes?
Shh, I did, but the problem was I was still using them. Ten years into marriage we are down to two matching drinking glasses and no matching plates. My entire pots and pans set is clinging to its last breath of life. So this week will also be about restocking and retooling the bare spots. Get excited. Just look at this drawer now:
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Wait, where are you going? Come back! I haven’t shown you the interior of the dishwasher, or the underbelly of the kitchen sink yet!