In case you haven't heard, I'm heading back to work in a few short weeks. Oh, God. I can't breath. Where has the time gone? Seriously! I had grand plans to finally organize and decorate every inch of this house, you know, in my spare time. Bahahahahahahahahhahahahahahhaahahahhaha. Sorry. Um, yeah so that didn't happen.
Now it's crunch time to get a few things done before I head back to the daily grind. Things that will help make life run smoother, keep me sane, and let me spend my one-weekend-day-off with my family instead of worrying about cleaning or organizing. Ok, did I mention I can't breath.
I didn't want to take on anything major. Nothing that couldn't be handled during naptime, or post-bedtime whilst watching gossip girl on netflix. I'm trying to spend our days playing princess, having tea parties (poor Vaughn), reading books, colouring "with markers!", and putting on puppet shows. The stuff I'm going to miss like crazy.
I cleaned out our desk drawers and the drawer in the coffee table. Took like 5 minutes and was so worth it! I was totally inspired to take on small projects everyday and hopefully I'll get a significant amount of stuff organized and less chaotic (though probably not as pretty as I had hoped) before my time as a SAHM (for now) is over.
Let's start in the kitchen because:
1. An organized kitchen makes mealtime (and making lunches) way less horrific, and makes it easier to see what we are running out of, making grocery shopping easier and more productive.
*note: I've never brought my lunch to work, but with two kiddos in daycare, I'm going to have to if I still want to be able to afford my work wardrobe (which is essential people, I work in retail!) and I'm hoping to become an expert meal planner/grocery shopper. So... Wait for it!
B. On more than one occasion Vaughn almost lost a toe via a falling can of chickpeas. It's time to make the pantry less hazardous for the curious little man.
Without further ado, here are the hideous before and slightly-less hideous afters.
This is just embarrasing. Essentially a junk-cupboard. There was tupperware, baking items, batteries, medicine...So much randomness I can`t even comprehend.
So. Much. Better.
Next up, the pantry. The upper cabinet used to have most of the baking items, but now it's the snack stash. One shelf for Salty and one for sweet. i.e. one for Ryan and one for Teri.
Half the stuff in this pantry got moved to the other cupboards, and I took out the empty red bins and cat items. I moved the tupperware in here so
if when Vaughn get's in here he can have the time of his life without fear of broken toes. I also added a wire basket for potatoes and onions.
Usually, when I move things around, Ryan pooh-pooh's it until he gets used to the change, but he was actually pretty happy this time. I guess he was getting fed up with the junk cupboard, too.
From the photos it looks like I drastically emptied the cupboards, but I only threw out expired food (not even that much), removed the medicine, cat items,and those empty bins. It's just better organized. Perfect for seeing what we have, and being able to access everything I need without getting frustrated.
I know this is not the prettiest pantry overhaul. There is no paint, wallpaper or shelf liner (boo!) but like I said time is of the essence.
Now. What's next on that list?
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