Wannabe Martha

Still trying to figure out which Martha

But Wait…there’s more – Day Two

Tuesday’s task – clean out the fridge (NOT clean it) – just get rid of expired items, things past their prime, science projects, etc.

Le Before:


Where avalanches are born


OK, so not winning any prizes for organization

Le After (better – not great, but better)


Not too bad – but more importantly, will be much easier to actually do the cleaning part

It was more untidy than anything – there were a few items which looked a bit iffy, but really, once I pulled out tonight’s dinner items and then organized a bit more, it’s just not as bad as I thought it was. Thank goodness.


Day One – and I made the list

So, the Day One assignment for The Kitchn Cure was – make a list of the things you like and don’t like about your kitchen.  I took a few minutes last night to think about it and here’s my list.  I’m treating it as a preliminary exercise because it may very well be that by the end of this exercise some of the “don’t likes” just go away.

Things I like about my kitchen:

  • My refrigerator – or rather I like that it’s not a side-by-side fridge
  • The floors – they’re pretty and easy to keep clean
  • My new faucet – looooove the high arch and also love the dishwashing liquid dispenser
  • My tall cabinets – lots of storage space
  • The Pantry – there’s a lot of space


Things I don’t like about my kitchen:

  • The lighting – it’s awful and it’s also surprisingly dark
  • The sink – I despise these porcelain/cast iron sinks – they’re extremely brittle; you so much as TAP a plate or glass on it and the item shatters; plus it’s a PITA to keep clean.  Desperately want stainless steel (much more forgiving in every way).
  • There’s no place for a trashcan
  • The color – everything is white (and now it’s looking pretty dingy)
  • The cabinets – because the laminate is peeling off them and they just look nasty
  • The pantry – it’s kind of awkward – very deep (things get lost in the back) and there’s a ton of wasted space at the top
  • The clutter

I’ve been thinking a lot about stripping off the laminate on the cabinets and painting them.  Maybe I’ll take the doors off some of the upper cabinets.  I’m hoping, mostly, that in addition to using this exercise to organize my kitchen, it will help me realize a vision for it.  I’m going to make the effort to objectively look at how I utilize my space, the things I’m keeping, and what I can realistically do to increase my enjoyment of the kitchen.  It’s going to be a lot of fun.



Yes, I know there are dirty dishes. People live here.


Notice how I manage to use up every square inch of counter space so that I can’t actually do anything!


Don’t freak out – we did do the dishes (eventually)


It’s out of focus, I know, but helps me to look at the layout


Jumping in with Both Feet

So I DID IT! I signed up to participate in The Kitchn’s “The Kitchn Cure” – the boot camp for getting your crap together and deep cleaning/organizing your kitchen.

My weekday time is seriously limited, so I’ve opted for the weekend version – I’ll get a once-a-week e-mail with all five of the week’s assignments and then can work my Saturday morning on them. Of course, I can just check out The Kitchn’s website every day to get that day’s To Do, and get it done if time permits. Today’s task: make a list of what you like and don’t like about your kitchen. I don’t need to wait for the weekend, so I’ll do that tonight – and maybe I’ll post about it (to keep me honest).

Anyone else up for taking on their kitchen with me?


Maeve’s Words of Wisdom for Today

There is a significantly better chance that one will actually go swimming if one will take the few seconds to just put on one’s swimsuit.