Yesterday afternoon I had had enough of my kitchen. My counter tops had gotten cluttered. I don’t have all that much counter space, so it was starting to bug me.
So I took most everything off except the microwave. Then I cleaned the counters with vinegar and water spray. And began to put things back that I felt belonged there.
Yes, I typically have dishes draining in the sink. It doesn’t bother me to look at that. They’re just drying and then will be ready to put up. I’d much rather have a dish drainer full of clean dishes than a sink full of dirty dishes.
I shifted my microwave from the corner, where it was, more to the middle of this counter. I’m always needing paper towels. I know it’s best not to use paper towels. But with two pets I can’t imagine not having them.
And at the other end is a vintage bowl filled with baking potatoes, sweet potatoes and a tomato I brought in from the patio.
Nothing drastic. Just keeping things clean and tidy.
I have painted my refrigerator and dishwasher every time I’m painting in the kitchen. I don’t use the dishwasher, haven’t used it once, so I’d rather if I have to have it, that it look clean and white.
If I had my druthers I wouldn’t have the dishwasher at all. It just takes up space I could be using for other things I need more.
Then I went to the other side. The farmer’s market galvanized container has my dish soap, baking soda in an empty parmesan cheese container, and my spray bottle of vinegar and water that I use constantly.
At the other side of the sink are my silverware and sponge in the little sheep figurine. And of course a set of knives. Next to that is my washing machine.
I utilize as much vertical space as I can. My kitchen utensils are placed in the galvanized container on the side of the cabinet. And my spices hang on the wall as well.
I don’t use the drawers underneath. They are all messed up and Nathan finally gave up and nailed them shut so they’d look halfway straight. I put a few things under the sink area like containers of vinegar.
I know it looks dirty on the edge of the sink. It is the GianiGranite counter top paint that I got too thick when I applied it a few years ago.
And unfortunately it dried before I could take care of it. Slipped right under the tape I had placed on the side of the sink. So I’ve just learned to live with it.
I always feel better once I’ve tidied things up. It’s hard for me to prepare food in a kitchen where things are out of place. Goes against my nature.
And of course there are the wall shelves I had Nathan build. They’re completely full and now I wonder what on earth I did without them.
I started out just having pretties on these shelves and some cans. That evolved into a bit of everything. It kind of bothers me seeing all that stuff up there. But there just isn’t another good place to store those things. Like the Wetjet refills I use when mopping the floor.
For years I used a regular mop, but with the arthritis in my hands it became difficult and so I started using the Wetjet solution. It is much lighter to push.
There is one of my salt lamps on the big rolling cart. Ivy has never jumped up there. In fact she has never been on the kitchen counters. I’d know from seeing her paw prints. She virtually leaves my entire kitchen alone, thank goodness.
She much prefers the bathroom and spends a good amount of time in there playing in the bathtub and climbing up on the vanity looking at water droplets in the sink. I know because I do see paw prints there.
And she waits right by the bathtub until I get finished with my shower. Once I’m out, Ivy jumps right in.
While I shower I can see her in between the red and white curtain and the clear shower curtain, watching me.
I use that electric skillet on top of my refrigerator a lot since I don’t have a stove/oven. Next to that is a galvanized container where I keep my boxes of cereal.
I like everything to have a place and be in its place.
I’ve even been keeping the inside of my refrigerator much tidier with containers to sort food in. It’s so much easier to find things and it looks orderly.
About the time I began this task a floater appeared in my left eye. I haven’t had one of those in a long time.
At first I thought it was a pesky gnat. Those things drive me half batty.