Think it’s possible to combine a WIAW post with a kitchen organization update? Guess we’re going to find out! I wanted to share both because at this point in pregnancy, almost 23 weeks, I feel like baby girl is hitting a serious growth spurt. I find myself wanting small meals every 2 hours or so. It always starts off first thing in the morning.
Last time I made French toast I froze some in half slices. I’ve been popping them into the toaster in the mornings, then topping with peanut butter, honey and chia seeds. It’s the perfect quick bite to start off my mornings at the computer.
By the time Hailey is eating breakfast, I’m ready for the next meal.
Yesterday it happened to be homemade vegetable barley soup. I attribute my choice to the fact that it was 9 degrees outside.
If second breakfast is around 8:30, I’m ready for my next meal by 11:15 or so.
I’m on a leftover kick! This leftover black bean burger with avocado, tomato and jalapenos hit the spot.
Then, it was go time. I combined days 6 & 7 of the organization challenge and tackled both the upper and lower kitchen cabinets at once. You would think with as much as I love being in the kitchen, it wouldn’t be that much of a disaster. You would be wrong.
It was quite…
a sad state…
I hadn’t reorganized anything in my kitchen since moving in almost 4 years ago. By now, I have fine-tuned what I use on a daily basis. Where I had certain items stored made absolutely no sense.
I spent Hailey’s nap time working on the kitchen and it nearly killed me. I pulled everything out, wiped everything down, collected a giant box of unused items to donate, threw away odds and ends and then restocked things into their new locations.
Sounds dramatic, but now looking at the pictures, it doesn’t look like a huge change. How sad. However, it FEELS like a brand new kitchen. Clean and organized, plus my fear of opening certain cabinets and being buried in an avalanche of pots and pans is gone.
I realized I wasn’t using 80% of my top shelves. I grabbed a chair to move items rarely used up, to make the lower shelves less cluttered.
I tossed old, damaged Tupperware, neatly stacked mixing bowls and organized our drink ware, including all bajillion juice glasses that we never use. Wedding registry FYI- you don’t need 40 juice glasses. You will never have 40 people over for breakfast wanting juice at the same time.
Despite looking the same, I organized all our coffee mugs and they are less cluttered and easier to access.
I again decided to take advantage of unused upper shelves and finally was able to declutter Hailey’s shelves. Down below, I separated serving dishes from appliances and made items I use often much more accessible. Now all my appliances are neatly grouped together!
After 2.5 hours of kitchen chaos, I kicked my feet up with home-popped popcorn.
I was sent a box of Active D’Lites to sample. They are chocolate bars, sweetened with stevia, that are low calorie and packed with pro (and pre!) biotics. The best part? It simply tasted like delicious chocolate and caramel. Mmm.
It was enough to power me through an afternoon workout, which I didn’t have high hopes for after the kitchen project. However, when dinner time rolled around, I was ready to crash.
So I retired to the couch with two bowls of chicken tortilla soup and called it a night!
I fully admit that this organization challenge is trying to kill me. However, admiring my work at the end of the day is ridiculously satisfying and somehow gives me enough oomph to attack the next challenge.
Is anyone else organizing the house this month?
What has been your most satisfying cleanse and organization thus far?
Mine is a toss up between having Christmas neatly labeled and put away and having the kitchen not making me cringe anymore!