Oh boy I think maybe I feel more shy about my kitchen; more then any other room in the house. I share this with you as inspiration! I am as excited to see the after pictures just as much as you might be ;). I think the kitchen often gets out of hand because I am in it all day long. We can summer produce, make home remedies which take weeks to brew, ferment foods which take days, bake bread, bone broth and make all our own mixes. This small kitchen works hard to say the least. So even though we do a lot in this space as a family we have room to shed that which does not serve us well. I am not a fan of one function tools so as we perfect our methods we find new ways to use what we have and to invest in the very best when we do replace something. I can not think of anything more frustrating in the kitchen then to be working on a recipe and your tools either don't work the way they claim them to or they can't hold up to regular use.
Goals for this room-
- get rid of anything that is no longer serving a purpose(like the swifer and the baby walker)
- clean, repair and paint anything that needs attention(the wood stove, the cabinets, the woodwork)
- clean off fridge and come up with a mobile office
- clean out any food items that are expired, condense any duplicates, and give every food item a home in the fridge or cabinet
My fridge is crazy I know. After a summer of farm gatherings we seem to collect extra condiments. Broth needs to go to the freezer and many leftovers need to be eaten up. Our fridge usually holds two-three weeks worth of eggs and produce at any given time. Three large jars of ferments are at the end of their life and unlabeled half jars of canned goods need to be used up. The freezer needs bins to hold items in an organized manner so everything gets used. Half used bags of fruit and veggies need to be combined.
So for the month of December we will eat from the fridge, freezer and pantry to help reduce the clutter and use up items before we buy more. We aren't hosting any meals or events for Christmas so this simplifies our month. So what room are you working on? How are you going to start your new year? What goals are you setting for yourself to simplifier your life?
|Someday maybe we will add a cabinet above fridge to hold our dehydrator and lunch bags.|
|I have to come up with a way to function without a home office so I will need to invent a mobile office and a home for it so I can keep up with everything.|
|At the moment my dishwasher serves as a giant dish rack! On the weekends I often do batch cooking of snacks, soups or salads so we are ready for the week.... that sometimes makes many dishes.|
|I use cloth often but my husband requires paper towels... he says for dog messes, throw-up and other times you want to throw it away :(|
|I think this is the craziest part of our kitchen, ah!|