This week was Kitchen Week, but my kitchen is far from finished for a couple of reasons.
One, I never planned to do the whole thing this week because there weren’t enough days/categories for me to go through everything (I have a lot of dish ware I want to go through).
Two, John has been watching me, y’all. He was inspired and asked me to help him go through his half of the closet and bedroom. I had to strike while the iron was hot, so three day of Kitchen Week I was actually back in the bedroom helping him. We still need to minimize his part of the bathroom and then maybe I will post pictures of the whole thing. It looks wonderful!
We made a trip to Goodwill this week to drop off the fruits of our labors:
I already have another bag ready to go!
Now I’ll show you what we (that is Lorelei and I) did manage to do in the kitchen this week. On the first day, we did the pantry. We have a closet we call a pantry, and then a cabinet where we keep food, so we did both of those.
We got rid of a lot of things in the pantry and rehomed others. There wasn’t really a lot to get rid of in the cabinet but at least we straightened it up!
The next day we did refrigerators. Yes, that was plural. Is it crazy that we have THREE? Two were given us when the house burned down, and then when my father upgraded and gave me his nice one, I moved one of them to the garage.
I got rid of a few things from each fridge, but more importantly I relocated things in a way that made more sense to me. So the one in the kitchen has things we use every day, and the freezer has as much of the meat and vegetables and such as it will fit, which is sadly not too much.
The garage refrigerator is near the kitchen, so I like to keep extras of things there, like second bottles of ketchup or steak sauce. I also keep baking things I don’t need every day there, like vegetable shortening and stone ground corn meal. And right now there is a bunch of beer and sodas left over from our Christmas party there.
I don’t seem to have gotten a good picture of the freezer but what I have put in there is mostly ice packs. 🙂
Finally, the downstairs refrigerator is mostly used for its freezer capacity. That’s where I put bulk meats, which means right now it’s full of steak. Emily keeps a few things in the fridge because her room is down there, but mostly when I stash something down there to make room upstairs, I forget what I’ve done and whatever it was goes bad. As you can see, I also put some of the leftover party beer down there.
On the third day, it was time to tackle the junk drawer. I don’t know what I thought was going to be so hard about that. We ended up throwing out almost everything in it! I did have Lorelei go around the house testing out all the keys we found. We labeled the ones that fit something and threw the rest away!
I am pretty proud of that! Isn’t it awesome?
Last day was spent cleaning out under the sink. We got rid of several vases, and discovered a leak requiring the assistance of a plumber! If it hadn’t been for minimalizing who knows when I would have found it!
We will be coming back to the kitchen eventually to do the cabinets we didn’t get to this time.
Want to see more? Here is Week One, here is Week Two, and here is my explanation of Catholic Minimalism.