Monday, January 18, 2010

Baby steps and Monday Motivation!

Wow, I am showing y'all my mess (or at least ONE of them...there are plenty more). You may be asking why I am showing you the deep dark secrets that my kitchen cabinets hide; well, it is part of my New Years Resolution to pare down and simplify (Year 2!). Once-upon-a-time this was a well oiled and organized cabinet - one that provided much support and help in my times of need...Now? Not so much! Over the last couple of, gulp, years I have let it become a jumbled mess of stick-anything-that-doesn't-have-a-place-in-that-cabinet (think: that scary kitchen junk drawer - on steroids!) So today I tasked myself with tackling this cabinet, just this one as to not overwhelm or scare the steps!

This is the cabinet that holds all my lunch making supplies and left over paper products from various parties and such. One thing I really dislike is being wasteful and by letting this cabinet become disorganized, I was very wasteful because many things that could have been used over the years were forgotten or became damaged and had to be discarded. THAT really bothers me!
Removing everything was where I started and deciding what things needed to find a better home was the 1st step to progress. Also, deciding what things needed to find the trash can was another important step! The collection of flower vases found a lovely home in the basement, neatly placed on a shelf!
Now things are back in and organized! We can now make use of the left over paper products as the need arises AND I can easily find the right dish without having to "unstack" the world.
Gosh, I feel almost giddy!


  1. It looks great! I tackled my husband's closet yesterday. NOT pretty! It was bad, I decided not to document it for the blog! It is now perfectly organized and all his old (and ugly) clothes are in bags for the Vietnam Veterans to pick up. Such a great feeling!

  2. Doesn't it feel great to get organized? But, oh, it is so hard to do!

  3. Ooooo-I love "Afters" like that. :) I redid one of the cabinets (only one!) in the kitchen...the one with all the Tupperware, and it looked SO much better afterwards. I felt better too! :)

  4. Good for you! Love that feeling so much!! xoxo

  5. big difference and amazing to rediscover goodies! yay!!!

  6. Looks good! I've been putting on "Hoarders" or "Clean House" in the background while I organize this January. The Hoarders people are actually very sad stories so I don't mean to make light of what is obviously mental issues, but just the visual imagery on my tv helps me take a stronger stand to de-clutter.
    ps- I've temporarily locked down my blog and fb- couple of reasons I'll address later. (Nothing dramatic, though!) Take care!

  7. I've been working on organizing our closets and back room. I'm going after our kitchen cabinets, pantry, and garage next. Hopefully I'll get to the garage by March, lol.

    I'm so excited for you and your daughter. You'll absolutely love the Princess of Diana exhibit. Her wedding dress is overwhelming. It's a wonder how her tiny frame was able to walk down the aisle.

  8. That looks Awesome! I needed the motivation too! We have an upstairs bedroom where I stored all of our Christmas presents and wrapping paper etc. It is out of control! Maybe I'll work on that this week!
    Thanks friend! Hope Homecoming went Good!

  9. Great job... Oh you are brave to show someone a mess.

  10. niiiice! it does make you feel good.

    i went to anderson university, you asked :) i meet a lot of winthrop grads though, while networking


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