Spring Cleaning: How I Revamped Our Kitchen

I have no idea why it took me so long to do this.
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I have no idea why it took me so long to do this.
Rug from Amber Interiors, kitchen soap from Further

Rug from Amber Interiors, kitchen soap from Further

I'm by no means a tidy person, but once a week, I do a massive cleanup around the house—even after we've done our best to keep everything in shape. Our biggest issue is piles. By the end of a busy week, Geoffrey and I will have a massive stack of magazines and mail, clothing orders, and Sloan's toys to sort through. I've come to (partially) embrace that life with a kid means you can never fully stay on top of everything. 

Recently though, I came back from a weekend trip, and Geoffrey and Sloan were out of the house. Sitting at our kitchen counter, I realized that almost every single surface was covered—and we have a decent-sized kitchen. One corner was particularly bad. While I was gone, G had spontaneously bought a countertop convection oven which he'd placed in a high-traffic corner next to our sink. He'd carefully researched it and was convinced we needed it, so I didn't want to crush him by telling him it took up far too much space to keep. Instead, I decided to compromise. Starting with the convection oven, I began to strip the kitchen of everything that was out that we didn't use on a daily basis.

It took about four hours and a lot of cabinet reorganizing, but I was able to tuck away the oven and our KitchenAid, find a place in the pantry for my canisters of sugar and flour, and tuck our huge cutting board out of sight. Over the course of the cleaning, I realized that we didn't need our juicer or homemade kefir out either. It had gotten crazy, and we'd given up so that everything on our counter was an after-thought. Once I saw how beautiful our counter looked, I felt inspired to go a few steps further and ordered a beautiful set of dish soap that made everything look more streamlined. 

While I still haven't done a massive spring cleaning throughout the house, it was amazing how overhauling one room made such an enormous difference. It also served as a helpful reminder to question the things you think you need out every day—in the end, the inconvenience of taking it out of a cabinet each time can be worth it. Our kitchen feels so much bigger now, and I feel happier that I can use it without first having to sift through the clutter. Next up: Our bathroom.

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