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#31 of 44 Old 04-28-2010, 04:50 AM
 
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I wish my kitchen was a nice as yours is Katie! I was expecting something much older and yuckier from your description. lol

Mine has yucky old cupboards painted an icky shade of green... not a nice shade... really pukey. lol

And the amount of room you have is indeed awesome! Mine isn't super tiny, but it doesn't have enough cupboards etc, no dishwasher (sigh) and not even enough room for a tiny 2 person table unless i want to move it every time i wanted to get to a set of the few cupboards. And we have no dining room or anything... and a tiny crammed full lounge... so our dining options are limited to our laps on the couch. Ah well... one day I'll have my dream home...

I'll join you in kitchen decluttering, as mine is badly in need of it, and we were actually just discussing doing that today! Doing one room at a time, and we'd chosen the kitchen to start on.
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Today was quite a big one for me...looked through the kitchen to see what I could get rid of...

I only threw out two sippy cups, but they hold a lot of meaning for me.

Because my son had cancer and when he was going through treatment all he could manage to keep down was mango nectar out of a sippy cup.

But I decided there is no point hanging on to them, when I am blessed to still have my son to hold on to!

So I took a photo of the cups and out they went.
Oh mama, I had to hug all my little ones after reading this. What a strong woman you are.

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Oh mama, I had to hug all my little ones after reading this. What a strong woman you are.


I put all the girl bibs (and the boy bibs that were in rough shape) in a pile to be sold or go to charity... my kids don't really use bibs often, anymore, but they were still taking up a whole drawer in my kitchen. I put my rags (which had been in a basket on the counter) into the drawer instead.

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I wish my kitchen was a nice as yours is Katie! I was expecting something much older and yuckier from your description. lol

Mine has yucky old cupboards painted an icky shade of green... not a nice shade... really pukey. lol

And the amount of room you have is indeed awesome! Mine isn't super tiny, but it doesn't have enough cupboards etc, no dishwasher (sigh) and not even enough room for a tiny 2 person table unless i want to move it every time i wanted to get to a set of the few cupboards. And we have no dining room or anything... and a tiny crammed full lounge... so our dining options are limited to our laps on the couch. Ah well... one day I'll have my dream home...

I'll join you in kitchen decluttering, as mine is badly in need of it, and we were actually just discussing doing that today! Doing one room at a time, and we'd chosen the kitchen to start on.
It was worse when we moved in, we have had to replace the appliances and faucet. The fronts of the cabinets were sticky black in the corners from years of grease. you can see where they lightened when I scrubbed the crap out of them. We have refinished (by we I mean DH lol) a couple of the cabinet fronts but it is very time consuming and he doesn't have a lot of it too spare.

I want new door/drawer fronts, a new sink (did ya notice the green sink lol) and a new counter top. But with how but it is it is pricey.

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I'm in a slump today Not exactly sure why, but I'm sure finding out we aren't getting the house/land we were in the middle of buying isn't helping. I need a cup of motivation, lol.

Yesterday I cleared out a few dishes (donate) and pulled out some small appliances to list on craigslist. I can't keep my kitchen clean for the life of me and I think once I finish decluttering it will be easier.

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MommaLura, I hope that this means an even better opportunity will await for you! Sounds like you did get a good start yesterday...hope it continues for you!
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I cannot even get past #1 on my list - cleaning out the utensil drawer Silly things like a turkey baster - I may only use it once a year (if that), but when ya need it, ya need it, right?
I have this problem too. But my DH devised a solution for me. He got me a small rubbermaid bin - shoebox size - and any kitchen tools that I don't use regularly go in there instead of the drawer. Then every few months I go through it and any item that hasn't migrated back into the drawer goes.

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Wow! This is ambitious! The kitchen is hands-down the hardest room to tackle...at least for me.

This forum used to host monthly challenges, and I really miss those! Since kitchens tend to get so out-of-whack disorganized, could we just piggy back this on to May and make it the Monthly Challenge? I'm soooo in!

Oh, and more pictures, please! I can't get enough inspiration. I'll post when I'm done with our pigpen of a kitchen.

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Turquesa, I am in for a monthly challenge!!
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Here is our kitchen - fairly tidy on the countertops, but clutter lurks under them, lol!


http://i119.photobucket.com/albums/o...8/DSC01607.jpg

http://i119.photobucket.com/albums/o...8/DSC01610.jpg

http://i119.photobucket.com/albums/o...8/DSC01606.jpg

http://i119.photobucket.com/albums/o...8/DSC01605.jpg

Now my drawers and cabinets are a MESS - my cabinets start out neat, but then as I cannot find space for the rest of the "stuff," it gets tossed on top of the neatly piled/stacked items. My drawers...well, I give up!!

http://i119.photobucket.com/albums/o...8/DSC01612.jpg

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http://i119.photobucket.com/albums/o...8/DSC01616.jpg
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Here is our kitchen - fairly tidy on the countertops, but clutter lurks under them, lol!


http://i119.photobucket.com/albums/o...8/DSC01607.jpg

http://i119.photobucket.com/albums/o...8/DSC01610.jpg

http://i119.photobucket.com/albums/o...8/DSC01606.jpg

http://i119.photobucket.com/albums/o...8/DSC01605.jpg

Now my drawers and cabinets are a MESS - my cabinets start out neat, but then as I cannot find space for the rest of the "stuff," it gets tossed on top of the neatly piled/stacked items. My drawers...well, I give up!!

http://i119.photobucket.com/albums/o...8/DSC01612.jpg

http://i119.photobucket.com/albums/o...8/DSC01613.jpg

http://i119.photobucket.com/albums/o...8/DSC01616.jpg
Cool, I'm sure we can keep the momentum of this thread going through the Merry Month of May. You and I have eerily similar kitchen floor plans, although my sink is on the right wall from the stove. I love your granite counter tops!!!

ETA: You also have identical flooring to mine! Mine is tile. Is yours tile or the linoleum that looks like tile? I'll have to take and post some pics.

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Mine is also tile This house is just a rental, as we are here for just 1-2 yrs...but I rather enjoy the layout, and love having enough windows and space to add some personal touches, though I wonder sometimes if I should just clear all counters and be rid of clutter catchers, lol!

Looking forward to your pics!
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Well, I haven't done anything since my initial purge, but I am still motivated. I love the new space on the counters since we ditched the microwave and the cabinet I cleared is really tidy and much easier to use.

I did get to Target and buy a couple of big bins to use for dh's mom's china. I am really, really, really not looking forward to doing this. The dishes are so terribly fragile and there are so many! I know if I can just get them cleared out of the kitchen and stored away safely I will feel a lot better. It is just a matter of finding time to do it when I don't have kids underfoot.

My goal this week:

Pack away the china (hopefully we can give it away, dh's brother is interested in it).

Clear out one more cabinet.

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RuthieGirl, it sounds like you have made a great start, woo hoo! You have inspired me now!

I have chunked (well, will probably donate) a small bag with extra plastic forks/spoons from the kiddos - a lot of it, lol, and an electric knife. I also organized and went through the coupon drawer and recycled tons of old coupons. There is not much else I can get rid of, but I do need to figure out a better way to organize it so things do not fall out of the cabinets when I open them
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