Tuesday, March 2, 2010


Well, I got back to my cleaning project today. I tackled the kitchen.

Before we go on, I think I'd like to explain why my house is so cluttered. I don't know if it is really an explanation or an excuse but either way, I just don't want you guys all thinking that I am a slob.

We moved into our house on December 23, 2008. It was a very quick, unexpected move. The week of our move it was pouring down rain, sleet, snow, etc. and here we were out in it. We moved so quickly that my Christmas tree was already up and decorated in the former house and Scott picked it up and put it on the truck, decorations and all, just so we could have a tree at the new house. Because of the weather, stress and exhaustion of moving, I ended up coming down with the flu and was admitted to the hospital on December 25, that's right, folk, Christmas Day. The first Christmas in our new house and I was in the hospital.

On top of the move and the flu, I was about 3 months pregnant and sicker than a dog with morning sickness.

After recovering from the flu and the holidays, I focused on painting some of the rooms downstairs. I got the foyer, dining room, hallway and office complete and by that time I was about 6-7 months pregnant. Then, came the bedrest. Anytime I was up and walking around, I had contractions so there went by straigtening, cleaning, fixing up time.

On July 3, 2009, my sweet Baby Caleb came and it has literally taken me until now to get to the point where I can juggle 3 kids and day-to-day cleaning and straigtening. When we moved in things just kind of got thrown everywhere and there are things that I still can't find.

So, back to the kitchen . . .

BEFORE--Spice cabinet

All of the spices and bottles that I threw out.

AFTER-Spice cabinet

BEFORE-Pot cabinet #1

BEFORE-Pot cabinet #2

BEFORE-Pot cabinet #3

AFTER-Pot cabinet #1

AFTER-Pot cabinet #2

AFTER-Pot cabinet #3

These are all of the pots/pans and lids that I don't use.

BEFORE-Utensil drawer #1

AFTER-Utensil drawer #1

BEFORE-Utensil drawer #2

AFTER-Utensil drawer #2

BEFORE-Tupperware drawer

AFTER-Tupperware drawer

BEFORE-Bowl cabinets

BEFORE-Glass and cup cabinets

AFTER-Bowl cabinet

AFTER-Glass and cup cabinet

BEFORE-Plate cabinet

AFTER-Plate cabinet

BEFORE-Cabinet above the stove

AFTER-Cabinet above stove

BEFORE-Side Drawer

AFTER-Side Drawer

BEFORE-Junk Drawer

AFTER-Junk Drawer

This is all of the stuff that I pulled out of the entire kitchen. It either will get pitched or taken down to the basement for holiday cooking.


  1. Everything looks great!! I did this a few weeks ago and it seems like things are already getting cluttered again.

  2. That's what my mom told me. She said as soon as I got finished with the whole house then it would be time to do it again. Ugh.

  3. Looks great!! I just don't know how you got all of that done in one day.

  4. I don't know, either. I was totally exhausted last night. I was in bed and a sleep by 9:30.