Last week a polar vortex made its way down to CT and for a couple days it was super cold. Like zero degrees. Literally.
-17°F with the wind chill.
That’s not as cold as it was in Canada or Chicago or Minnesota, but it was still pretty cold.
Then today it was 61°F.
There was literally a sixty-one degree temperature change in less than a week.
And today my kids were outside in shorts and t-shirts playing wiffle ball in the mud.
So it felt very spring-like here in CT, and that put me immediately into spring cleaning mode.
I have still been organizing and decluttering, but not as much as I’d like because this is a really busy time of the swim season and we’ve had meets every weekend for the past three weeks with three more three-day meets in the next five weeks.
So I spent all day today in the kitchen.
Not cooking, but decluttering and organizing and cleaning.
I’m not done, but I got a couple big areas mostly completed.
I have been dragging my butt on this because I really struggle when I can’t do things perfectly right from the start.
If it’s not going to be the way I envision it in my head, then I don’t want to even begin.
But the problem with that is I never end up starting at all.
I guess it’s not just the weather that finally motivated me to just get started.
It’s also Mari Kondo and her damn Netflix show.
I never shoulda started watching that because now I just want to put my whole house into shoeboxes.
I read her book a couple years ago, and I have actually been decluttering for the last few years.
So things are not as bad as they used to be.
In fact, they aren’t too bad at all.
But the more organized and decluttered I get, the less tolerance I have for unnecessary disorder and chaos.
So today I took care of the plastic container drawer.
We purchased our house ten years ago. And it was an abandoned foreclosure that was built in 1787 and had great bones and character, but it had been completely abused over time, and when we got it, it was a complete and total shit hole.
We never would have bought the place if my husband wasn’t a contractor and carpenter because the amount of work to be done was overwhelming.
We still aren’t finished. We’ll get there someday.
Anyway, the kitchen was disgusting when we moved in, so we gutted the entire thing down to the studs, and that was great for me because I was able to design exactly what I wanted in that space.
I wanted cabinets over the fireplace, and I wanted three big drawers.
One of those drawers would hold all the plastic containers.
Here were my cabinets above the fireplace this morning:
They were just a mess.
I had bought a bunch of canning jars last week for a number of different purposes.
I don’t use them for canning.
I like them for drinking glasses because they are super durable. We are not so forgiving on glassware. So I got a bunch for that reason.
But I also make pasta sauce and chicken stock and I use them for that. And I store things like nuts and trail mix and whatever in them because I like what they look like and I’m also trying to move away from plastic.
So I cleaned off all the shelves, wiped them down, finally took all the jars out of the packaging, and put them on the shelves.
I have a hard time getting rid of things that are functional and not broken, but I finally got to the point where I am able to get rid of glasses that don’t spark joy.
To be honest, I had this one brownish tinted glass that was in fine condition but it was so gross to look at, and I’ve hated it for years and NOBODY would ever drink out of it.
It felt really good to get rid of that f*cker.
I got rid of anything that had a small chip in it or a hairline crack or that I just didn’t love.
And then I combined the jars I already had with the new ones.
They are not arranged exactly the way I want them to be, and in the past, this would really bother me.
But now things look much better than they did this morning, and now that all the crap I hate to look at is gone, I’ll be able to figure out exactly what I want to do.
I have to get some more clips for the rope light inside the cabinet — some of them broke and that’s why it’s kind of drooping all over the place.
But it looks really nice in there at night when it’s lit up.
And when all the crap is out of there!
I am excited to look at it tonight!
The next area I tackled was the plastic container drawer.
I designed a nice big drawer because I knew I wanted one and we’d need one.
And I’m actually trying to transition away from the plastic containers, so we are at about 40% glass containers and 60% plastic.
I hope to get closer to 90% glass in the next few months.
I also have a hard time getting rid of plastic containers that are in decent shape and have matching lids.
But how many plastic containers do you actually need?
So I got rid of everything I didn’t like or hadn’t used in the last month or so.
And I actually did this about six weeks ago! I purged a whole bunch of plastic containers and kept only what was not damaged and had a lid.
And lots of it still sat there unused. Because some of it I just hated.
Here was my drawer this morning:
That’s really not that bad.
But the lids were a pain in the ass. We were always sifting through everything trying to find a matching lid, and it was a big waste of time.
So I went around the house and found all the containers I could find. I kept the cardboard bases from the jars I bought. I found a couple things in the basement.
And then I went through everything in the drawer and got rid of what I didn’t like or use.
Then I used some of the containers and boxes to organize everything.
And now my drawer looks like this:
I could stare at this drawer ALL DAY.
I have already shown all the kids, and we’ve discussed where everything now goes.
They won’t keep it this neat on their own when they unload the dishwasher. It will take some monitoring and they’ll need some training.
But we won’t be wasting any time looking for lids now that I’ve marikondoed the crap out of that drawer!
Tomorrow I tackle the pantry.
It’s out of control, but I have a plan (and my Christmas labelmaker) and I can’t wait to show it to you when I’m done!