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This last week I've spent dreaming about what type of kitchen I would like, well within the constraints of my actual kitchen! Looking over my pinterest board I can see some themes.
I'm drawn to natural materials, such as wood, plants and ceramics (good thing I'm taking a pottery class!). I love some of the styling moments I found, but I also don't like a lot of clutter on the countertops.
I want to bring in some hanging plants, clear off the counters of clutter, have a few styled moments on the counter that are functional and pretty. I want a place for my kitchen utensils that I use frequently, for my oil can and my salt and pepper. I'd like to have at hand the things I use often. My inspiration is definitely things handmade and natural. The first step is to go through my kitchen and see what I have that will fit those needs. Then I'll make a list of the things I want.
I also made a list of things to do. There are quite a few things that need to be fixed in my kitchen, some things that need to work better and the list of pretty things I want.
To do list:
- Clean out and declutter all of the cabinets (more on this later)
- Hang window film in window
- Hem curtain
- Get plants (I'm making a few hanging plant holders in my pottery class). I'll need to figure out what plants will work in little light.
- Get new kitchen stoppers (mine are broken)
- Get a garbage can and recycling bin combo that fit in the space. My garbage can is too big for the kitchen. I can't open the pantry door without moving it and I have to have a brown paper bag for all the recycling items. I'd like to find something smaller that fits the space and can hold both recycling and garbage.
- Maybe paint....
- Get better under the cabinet lights for over the sink.
- Look at lighting options (this may be outside of my budget but I'd like to see if I could get more light in this room).
- Get a soap dispenser for the dish soap
- Style the counters with useful and pretty items
- Add art to the kitchen
Phew that's a lot. The biggest item on this list is to clear out all of the cabinets. I remember as a kid that every year we would go to my grandparents summer place and take everything out of the cabinets, wash the cabinets inside and out and then wash everything before putting it back in its place. Now, you don't necessarily need to do this every year but I recommend doing it every few years because kitchens get messy and it helps you see what you have in your home.
I recommend starting at one end of the kitchen and doing a cabinet a day. It takes 20-30 minutes per cabinet and saving it all up for one day can be exhausting. Take everything out of the cabinets, wash everything and when you go to put it all back reevaluate if you need it. Also, make sure the items are working where you have them. I currently have my tupperware tucked in among my dishes and it is not working for me so I want to find a better home for them.
For the next couple of weeks I'm going to be focused on cleaning out my kitchen. I'm going to save my pantry for after this month because it is going to need a design challenge of its own.