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post #1 of 368
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Kitchen Challenge -

ETA - This challenge originally took place in February, but I took the February out of the title, I figure if a bunch of people want to do the Kitchen later you can feel free to continue to use the thread to do so.

By popular vote - the first Monthly One Room Challenge will be the Kitchen! The idea behind the Monthly One Room Challenge is to have us all work on the same room in our houses together! (If you want more background, you can see the discussion of this idea here and the poll (now closed) here, though reading those threads aren't necessary to understand)

Here is how it works:

1. Clean and tidy your kitchen like you would any day - don't delve into organizing and decluttering yet, just get it to its typical everyday clean/picked up state. If something usually lives on the counter, leave it there, but put away dirty dishes and other things that are otherwise out of their usual places.

2. Take pictures! Make sure to take pictures of everything - open all the cabinets, open the pantry door, etc. Show us all the various spaces inside and out.

3. Post your before pictures on this thread by February 7th. Copy and paste the form below and answer the questions (and feel free to add your own if you think of them!). Give us a tour of your kitchen, point out your problem areas, what you want to change, point out what you like. Feel free to ask for others opinions or advice! Use the form I've posted below - tell us your plan of action and checklist if you have one. Of course you can enter midmonth, I just put the date to encourage people to get their pictures up in the first week so we have the month to work!

4. Declutter, Organize and Simplify away! Use each other on this thread for support, advice and inspiration! Feel free to share more pictures along the way if it inspires you or if you are excited about something maybe someone else might like to try too! Feel free to include decorating and other homemaking activities in this challenge if that is part of your plan for your kitchen.

5. February 28th - Post your before and after pictures! Ding Ding Ding - time is up! At the end of the month, we'll all take pictures of how our kitchens look and post them with the original shots for a before and after! Heap each other with praise and admiration for a job well done!

Notes: :

The inspiration for this idea is that we all be working on the same room, so I'd like to ask that we limit this thread to the discussion of the Kitchen. Next month we'll pick a different room to work on. Please don't let this discourage you from working on another room, I'm just asking that if you want help with another room, please just post on another thread. The Monthly challenge thread is always lively and a good place for posting that sort of thing.

You are welcome to participate without sharing pictures if you like, I just think it will be fun to share visuals to help each other brainstorm as well as have the fun of seeing the before and after shots. So many of us had fun sharing pictures of how our houses looked dirty, I figured we'd really get a kick out of showing off what we've done. However, feel free to join and contribute without pictures if you prefer.


CUT and PASTE this form to "enter" the challenge:

MY KITCHEN PICTURE TOUR

WHAT I LIKE BEST ABOUT MY KITCHEN (Include a picture!)

WHAT I LIKE LEAST ABOUT MY KITCHEN

MY PLAN OF ACTION - here is where you can be as agressive or laid back as you like. If you want to list a series of goals



Photobucket Tutorial
If you don't know how to post your pictures, here is a quick tutorial. Feel free to ask for help! www.photobucket.com is a free site you can upload and share pictures from, feel free to use whatever method you wish, I just thought I'd post this for anyone who didn't know how to share their pictures.

1. Take your pictures with your digital camera - if you have a really high megapixel camera, take the pictures on a lower size and compression setting so they are not excessively large to make upload times quick - download the pictures as usual.

2. Go to www.photobucket.com - click 'join now' in the upper right corner, or the big red register button in the middle left. Follow the instructions for opening an account.

3. Once you have an account, go to www.photobucket.com and login in the upper left corner. After logging in you will be presented with a page which says 'Upload Images and Videos' - Click the 'add more images' link below the choose and image box, this will give you more boxes.

4. In each box, select browse and find your picture on your computer, you need to select a seperate image in each text box. If your run out of boxes, select 'add even more' - 20 is the limit at any one time, so if you have more than that, upload the first 20 and repeat this step and the next.

5. Once you have selected all the images, click the upload box. It will take a little while to upload. Once its uploaded, it will have an offwhite box in the center of the screen that says 'images uploaded' but otherwise looks the same as the previous screen. Scroll down to the bottom of this page and you will see your uploaded images.

6. Beneath each image is 3 text boxes. For each image you want to share, select the URL in the 'URL Link' text box and cut and paste it into your post. The link will automatically become 'active' (blue and clickable) once you submit your post. If you want to have active text like this, rather than a url like this http://www.mothering.com/, then write out hte text you want to be linked, highlight it, then click the little world with the link in the formatting bar above the post box (under the smiley face) and paste the URL into that box and click okay. It will enter the appropriate formatting into your post box.
post #2 of 368
Can I still play even though I can't take pictures? My camera was stolen in November and I can't replace it yet. Maybe dh's phone would be okay, but usually those are pretty blurry.
post #3 of 368
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Originally Posted by TwinMom View Post
Can I still play even though I can't take pictures? My camera was stolen in November and I can't replace it yet. Maybe dh's phone would be okay, but usually those are pretty blurry.
Absolutely!

ETA - I woke up this morning with a stiff neck, so the kitchen is still a mess this morning, maybe if hte ibuprophen helps I can clean the kitchen and take pictures a bit later.
post #4 of 368
Subbing. I don't know if I have the energy, but I'm going to think about it
post #5 of 368
MY KITCHEN PICTURE TOUR
Here it is!
WHAT I LIKE BEST ABOUT MY KITCHEN (Include a picture!)
The old farmhousy, yet with modern appliances nature of it. I also like the color, which I picked out
WHAT I LIKE LEAST ABOUT MY KITCHEN
The neverending storage issue, I hate the color of the cabinets, and the paint is really old. Oh yeah, and no doors on the lower cabinets is a huge pain, and means I can't really store anything down there with an almost one year old.
MY PLAN OF ACTION -
In no particular order...
1. Paint cupboards
2. find homes for all permanent kitchen items
3. get doors for lower cabinets
4. keep butcher's block, hutch, and table clutter free
5. touch up paint on trim
6. hang pictures
7. finish decluttering rest of cabinets
post #6 of 368
That sounds like just what I need. Can I play too?
I love seeing peoples pics, they inspire me!!
post #7 of 368
I wanna play too!!! I'll get everything in order and maybe even take pictures today! What a great idea!
post #8 of 368
I'll be back with pictures!!
post #9 of 368
I am subbing so I can come back and do this with pictures. We have all month for the kitchen, right?
post #10 of 368
subbing - i need to do my dishes and i'll be back!
post #11 of 368
MY KITCHEN PICTURE TOUR

I will be back to post pictures, its almost naptime - that includes a nap for me! hehe

WHAT I LIKE BEST ABOUT MY KITCHEN (Include a picture!)
My pantry is a decent size

WHAT I LIKE LEAST ABOUT MY KITCHEN
The kitchen is a lot smaller than I'd like.

MY PLAN OF ACTION
Go through and reorganize all of the cabinets. If there is a pot/pan/container/etc that I haven't used in a year then its going in the donate pile. I need to go through my spices and make sure that they are all fresh. I also really need to spend some time in my pantry - its rather scattered.
post #12 of 368
I'll get some pictures today!
post #13 of 368
MY KITCHEN PICTURE TOUR
I will post pics later on.

WHAT I LIKE BEST ABOUT MY KITCHEN
Everything is easy to get to. I only have to turn around if I need something out of a drawer.

WHAT I LIKE LEAST ABOUT MY KITCHEN
My cabinets are so unorganized. Everything was thrown in since we moved in about a month ago. I have very little cabinet space and no pantry.My kitchen is very small.I can't make any drastic changes since we are renting.

MY PLAN OF ACTION
1.Organize cabinets better
2.Declutter the areas that need it
3.TRY to make areas..ie. cooking, baking, etc. key word TRY
4. GO through cookbooks...there is more in the garage
5. Go through my spices
6. Refrigerator clutter gone
post #14 of 368
MY KITCHEN PICTURE TOUR
I'll post pics later.

WHAT I LIKE BEST ABOUT MY KITCHEN
I like how the appliances are set up in relation to each other.

WHAT I LIKE LEAST ABOUT MY KITCHEN
It's small, white walls, off white appliances and the floor. I can't change those things because we rent.

MY PLAN OF ACTION
Not sure yet.
post #15 of 368
Oh boy! I'm so excited! Thanks for setting this up MightyMoo.
testing... like this?
post #16 of 368
MY KITCHEN PICTURE TOUR
Here's the kitchen from the living room. I'll post the cabinets and fridge later.

WHAT I LIKE BEST ABOUT MY KITCHEN
It's not closed in

WHAT I LIKE LEAST ABOUT MY KITCHEN
the wall color
disorganized cabinets
not a lot of counter space

MY PLAN OF ACTION
PAINT!! (not sure what color)
Purge and Organize Cabinets
post #17 of 368
MY KITCHEN PICTURE TOUR
C'mon in...(sorry, dishes aren't done. we're on load 1 right now)
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v6...e/IMG_2553.jpg
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v6...e/IMG_2563.jpg
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v6...e/IMG_2565.jpg
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v6...e/IMG_2566.jpg
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v6...e/IMG_2564.jpg

Coffee Central. (Where I live)
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v6...e/IMG_2554.jpg


Hot Spots
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v6...e/IMG_2559.jpg
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v6...e/IMG_2560.jpg
I have no idea how to organize this counter. It's a chronic issue for us.

Cabinets
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v6...e/IMG_2561.jpg
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v6...e/IMG_2558.jpg
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v6...e/IMG_2557.jpg
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v6...e/IMG_2556.jpg

I think we poorly maximize the space in them. Part of it is because we can't keep much food in them because of bugs and the weather. At any rate, they need a major declutter and organization.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v6...e/IMG_2555.jpg
Ahhhhhhhhh!!!

WHAT I LIKE BEST ABOUT MY KITCHEN

I don't know. I really don't love my kitchen. We live in a condo and it's not particularly my style, but I think we've made it cute for what it is. I love the huge window that lets us look out into the lanai and backyard and that let's lots of light in.

WHAT I LIKE LEAST ABOUT MY KITCHEN

Too narrow, generic looking condo kitchen. BUGS! (we live in Hawaii where they are just a part of life)

MY PLAN OF ACTION

1. Organize and declutter all cabinets. Get rid of any crap we don't need, including kids dishware and tupperware. Switch over to a few pyrex storage containers, and a 1 set each of nice eatingware for the kids. Get a food processor.

2. This is hard, because we are making the switch to a special diet for one of my son's, but I would like to have a nice backstock of healthy food in my cupboards.

3. Figure out a plan of action for that countertop. I'm not sure what to do? Some sort of storage thing, perhaps.

4. Hang our new onion basket.
post #18 of 368
Ooh, I love your kitchen Tsume!
post #19 of 368
Great idea! I may need to get in on this!!
post #20 of 368
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Originally Posted by Woolball View Post
Oh boy! I'm so excited! Thanks for setting this up MightyMoo.
testing... like this?
Worked for me! Cute picture
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