Well today is my first day to myself after our Christmas break. No work, kids are back at school and hubby went to work. I am relishing in the quiet and catching up on my blog reading. We spent the last five days enjoying the mountains with some long time friends skiing. Van and Garrett were the only ones who had skied before so we knew it was going to be an adventure. I was a complete failure – let me just say I am a weakling and I need to start working out (although I really hate exercise of any form); and I really don’t like feeling out of control. So…I attempted to ski one day, and everyone else had a blast the other two days!! The kids LOVED skiing, so I’m afraid I will have to go back. Maybe next time I will be more prepared (stronger and in better shape) and be able to get the hang of it (not feel like I am flying down the hill at the speed of light straight for the trees).
Now that I am back home and things are back to regular-scheduled-programming, I feel the need to get started on something. My kitchen is probably the only area that didn’t get a lot of attention in the purge and de-cluttering of last year so this is my first mountain to tackle here. It is completely overwhelming to me and I think that’s why I haven’t done it before. I start thinking about all the problems and how this doesn’t function, and that doesn’t work, and how I desperately need a pantry, and I just throw my hands up and say “forget it, it’s hopeless – let’s just gut it”. But, then my husband talks me down from my hysteria, as he often has to do, and ever so gently reminds me that would cost a lot of money (because he knows my taste), and that we have to work with what we have. Blah.
So, last night as I was perusing my kitchen pinterest board, I decided I needed to take it apart and do small pieces at a time. I need to see results quickly or I lose interest. So, today I am going to tackle my drawers. Here are some photos I snapped this morning of the worst culprits – don’t judge you know you have these drawers.
Yikes!! So, this is what is on my agenda today – purging – getting rid of things I don’t need – and organizing – trying to find a system that will fit each drawer to make it more purposeful. Oh and also you know what else is staring me in the face after vacation? This…
Ugh!! Wish me luck!!
Sooo excited to share with you the finished product…a few days later than I hoped, but hey it’s done!! (It feels so good to say that) Here it is in all it’s glory..
It’s exactly how I imagined it!! Surprisingly it makes the space feel bigger! I am still on the hunt for baskets to put in the cubbies to hold hats and gloves and scarves, but I am okay with not having them yet, I know I will find something. Thanks for those who stayed with me through the process. This build cost around $125 to complete, baskets not included of course, and around 10 – 12 hours total for two amateur carpenters. Not bad I think. If you want to see more of the process you can check here.
This project had been on my home improvement project list for a long time, but the fluff stuff always took precedent. But, as of late the things that will make our home function better for our family have been bumped to the top. We have lived here 11 years and our kids are bigger, and so is their stuff. We are working on getting rid of unnecessary stuff and making our spaces more organized and efficient -all the while looking pretty 🙂 …or at least that is the goal. I want to be able to come home and feel relaxed, I want that for the whole family. I no longer want to be controlled by my stuff – always having to pick up, clean, dust, move, stuff. I want my stuff to work for me. Anybody else feeling that way?