As if I haven't said it before, I'm so tired of living among all of this stuff. I'm tired of feeling defeated and depressed. I'm tired of seeing piles of clutter. I'm sick opening doors and cabinets only to see chaos. I want a warm, cozy, nice home for my family to live in. How could I let it get so out of control? Why have I allowed my family to live like this? It's because of my own slothfulness and laziness. I've been praying that the Lord will help me to overcome these bad traits. I'm praying for a servants heart, to serve my family and provide the most loving environment possible for them. I don't want my daughters to someday keep their own homes this way. I'm not seeking perfection, just a "company ready" home. How will God ever see fit to bless me with a larger home if I'm not a good steward of the one He's already given?
I've so far trained my family to rush rush rush and clean when people are coming over. I feel hurt in my heart that I have shown them that others are more worthy of our clean home than they are. My husband and children deserve to live in the "company clean" house everyday. This declutter mission has turned quite emotional and I feel like such a lame excuse for a keeper at home.
Proverbs 31:27 She looketh well to the ways of her household, and eateth not the bread of idleness.
I am going to learn to live this scripture, because my husband and children deserve it. God has blessed me with so much and I want to honor Him by taking care of those blessings.
Now that I've broken down a bit, I feel a little better and am ready to move on with the show.
THE KITCHEN: 2 Drawers, Under the sink and The cookbook cabinet, Big stuff cabinet
I have 5 drawers in my kitchen but only 2 needed attention. These two were just like that cabinet from yesterday. The "I don't know where to put this, so I'll stick it in this drawer" drawers.
This drawer was dangerous. There were things popping up to stab you when it opened. It would have been a great place to hide money, complete with it's own security system and all.
Before: Drawer #1
After: Drawer #1
Before: Drawer #2
After: Drawer #2
For the most part, I didn't need to get rid of too much. I did more of moving things around today. The larger utensils went into a utensil pot I have next to the stove, I had a 3rd set of measuring spoons I put in donations. I had bought new ones to replace them and never got rid of them.
Under the sink is next. This is just......well....I'll let you decide.
Before: Under the sink
We also kept the toaster under here (not pictured), somewhere because there just wasn't room for it anywhere else. Recently I purchased a dish drying rack for hand washed dishes. We were just using a towel and putting the pots and pans on it to dry. Using a different towel 2 or 3 times a day, was creating more laundry for me and I already have enough. I don't like the look of an empty dish rack on the counter (one of the reasons I didn't have one). Making a spot under the sink to put it while not in use, was a priority.
And, I accomplished it.
After: Under the sink
I had a lot of cleaning supplies under there and there are already two spots in the house for those items, so they were relocated. There were about 10 loose garbage bags and ziplocs that needed to be tossed.
Above the Microwave are two weird cabinets. It took me a few years to really use them for something other than miscellaneous stuff. I made 1 for my cookbooks and the other for the blender. Someone thought kitchen matches should go here also.
Before: Cookbook cabinet
Obviously there wasn't enough room for all of my cookbooks because I had to put some on the counter.
I also had some cooking magazines in another cabinet above the sink. It took some trouble shooting but I was able to relocate the blender to the large item cabinet that has also been cleaned out and decluttered. Now there is plenty of room for all the cook books and magazines. Yay!
After: Cookbook cabinet
And last for today is the large item cabinet. This previously held all the bakeware, crock pot, griddle and a bunch of misc stuff too. It goes way back to the wall so stuff gets lost back there. This cabinet has been part of the 1st two days projects and is finally done.
Before: Large item cabinet
I moved the glass bakeware stuff to that white cabinet and the other bakeware to the oven drawer which you saw yesterday. My extra mixing bowls, small crockpot, pitcher, blender, toaster and large griddle are all stationed here now. Much better. No more toaster under the sink, that annoyed my husband to no end.
After: Large item cabinet
I really didn't end up with too much trash or donations today, only 3 pounds. But, every little bit helps.
Our new total is 238.5 pounds.
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