1. Also, barefooted. With the feet bare: a barefooted boy; to walk barefoot.
1. careful consideration before decision
2. deliberate quality; leisureliness of movement or action; slowness
Hand in hand, walking barefoot in the sand; my son, my life, my home –
with careful deliberations we fumble our way forward in life.
Friday, February 10, 2012
29 Day Org Challenge: Applying the PROCESS!
Our kitchen is the
hub of our home and as such, it is often a dumping ground for mail,
packages, artwork and all those “things” a house has that has no
other home. We cook, eat, entertain, play games, surf the Internet,
craft, take pictures, play trucks, potato head and read books all in
this one room. At first glance, it doesn't look much different than
any other kitchen across the world; cabinets, counters, appliances,
table and chairs.
It's what you
can't see that is the problem! Behind the fir and cherry late 1970's
cabinetry is a host of clutter and chaos that threatens to spill out
every time one opens a door. The plastic containers are
helter-skelter, the spice cupboard is a balancing act an aerobatic
team would envy and the food storage is a mess of tipped cans,
squashed boxes in duplicate and triplicate (because I buy, lose in
the mess, buy, lose again, buy – repeat). Behind each closed door
is a new disaster.
And I'm ready for
My kitchen “hot
zones” - areas that continually attract clutter – are:
Other areas that
in the clutter trap are:
lazy Susan's (x2)
the entire counter top right of the kitchen sink!
challenge has me feeling overwhelmed – there are 20 cupboards in my
kitchen, 7 drawers, too much horizontal surface, a work station, our
table and the “feeding” stations for our fur-kids. I keep
reminding myself it is a PROCESS and to look at it in little bits but
as the week is wrapping up and only three left to go, I'm
overwhelmed. So I did what any good project manager does and made
myself a schedule.
As you see, I
spent several days procrastinating, another day cleaning another
space and then I planned my month and have been shopping for clutter
solutions. I'm not sure if that's the right method – I keep
thinking if I find the right system, it will solve my problems...
This week, I tackled my plastics cupboard.
Presently, I have
no system in place for any area except the plastics. In this
cupboard, I have two sets of Tupperware; they stack nicely and their
lids sit on the shelf above. The remainder of the 'take and toss'
plastic has had various attempts at keeping it together. Snapping the
lids in place and stacking them, stacking the containers and placing
the lids under them. The current system is to toss them all in, shove
them back if you need more room and close the door quickly and run
from the kitchen and hope you don't have to open the cupboard next!
say, this isn't working.
When I decided to
tackle this cupboard, I still didn't have a solution in mind. I
really have no idea how to manage the 'take and toss' plastic ware. I
emptied the cupboards, sorting the 'stuff' by brand and type. Next, I
thought about what we use, how we use it and the frequency we use it.
This made some of the purging decisions simple. The 70's wood salad
bowl set belonged to my grandmother – I've hung onto it all these
years because I “thought” I needed a salad bowl set... Ask me the
last time I used it (it wouldn't matter because I couldn't tell you
the last time it was used). The corn holders – again, we have them
and may have used them once last summer but there really isn't any
reason the cobs can't sit on our plates like normal people! Odd
plastics, lids, old mixing bowls and broken items are set and ready
to find new homes.
When I reloaded
the cabinet, I decided that the way I had it sorted made no sense. I
never use vases, I did have about 8 at one time, but I started buying
flowers and sending them home with our mother's in vases. It was
perfect! I only have two left and they are perfectly happy at the
back of the cupboard. Also on that shelf, I put the glass bowls and
serving platter. I do use them but not more often then the things now
on the second shelf.
The issue still is
how to store the plastic ware. After a discussion with my husband, we
decided on ONE brand and as we move forward, we will start purging
the old and replacing it will all the same brand. In the interim,
I've stacked them by brand with their lids sitting under them.
Sitting back and
looking at the cupboard, it was a small project but I feel like I had
large success. It is tangible and it looks a thousand times better! I
have my path for the remainder of the month and although it will be
busy, having the cupboards organized and done by the spring will
leave me time to plan and design my kitchen improvement project for