Kitchen Cabinet Redux
BEFORE AFTERI had another organizing gig. This time it was a kitchen cabinet that was overfilled and unusable. Will I ever be a certified professional organizer? At this point, I doubt it because serious organization is hard. Plus, in some cases, it can be dangerous. Read below to find out how.
The first thing I did was take everything out of the upper five cabinets. I could not deal with the lower four because they were filled with pots and pans.
As I was removing items, other items were falling on my head. I ended up hitting my head on one of the doors. Yes, cleaning can be painful. Plus, I almost lost my balance on the stool I was on because the dog was trying to jump on me.
I found many smashed light bulbs that had been crushed by piling debris onto of other items. Plus, why does someone need over 50 light bulbs? I ended up using drawer sorters to place the loose light bulbs. The boxes ones just got pilled up.
I kept finding multiples of items. Some of these were able to be placed down in the basement.
I brought my collection of dollar store organizational containers. I really didn't know what would be used.
Anyone hungry for pasta from 2006? No, this was not wheat but it was a brownish color and rock hard. I was tempted to take it home to make pasta jewelry with my nephew. Who is the hoarder now? Luckily, I was able to throw it out. Of course, I washed the container. I use these at my house to store flours, sugars, and other baking supplies. Of course, I label these. I love to use chalkboard contact paper with a chalkboard pen.
Anyone afraid of running out of starch? What is starch for? I have no idea but obviously some people love starch. A lot.
I threw out a lot of expired, broken, and really old items. I then sorted like with like on the kitchen table. This was a nightmare. It was like playing a game of memory. I was able to put together sections on CLEANING, LIGHT BULBS, CLEANING, IRONING, FOOD ITEMS, and a section on SHOE POLISH and METAL CLEANING. I labeled each section with my DYMO label maker. Not to reveal the identity of the home owner but I have know her since the day I was born but I've NEVER seen her polish a shoe. Why have ten tins of shoe polish? Okay, confession, I took some old tins and old glass bottles home (with permission, of course!) Decoupage time?
Is this person a hoarder? I don't think so because the rest of the house is presentable. Too much clutter for my taste but clean. This home owner is a shuffler. She will shove stuff "out of sight." My next step is to clean out the office space for important papers. She wanted to clear a space in the food pantry for her bills. I find that bizarre because their is an office right off the hallway from the kitchen. No one really uses the HUGE desk and almost empty file cabinets. This is ridiculous. I would like to CLEAN and ORGANIZE this office for USE. It should not be a place to shove random things in! I will try.
Are you a hoarder?
Maybe or maybe not. I think I am a craft compulsive shopper & and organized hoarder. However, I do use the art supplies so maybe that makes me a compulsive crafter. I don't know. I do know this compulsion comes in handy when I have to sew something or make a card. I rarely go to the craft store to pick up an item. I buy things and then use them years later. I don't like to throw things away because I like to upcycle them. I do have the space for a separate craft room and sewing room. I have an office and a spare bedroom. The only thing I that I pile up in my bedroom is books! I cannot be without my books and journals.