Friday, January 23, 2015

Week 3 - Kitchen Cabinets and Drawers

Cleaning kitchen cabinets and drawers
This week's cleaning and decluttering challenge was to work on our kitchen cabinets and drawers. I though it would be easy since Kurt and I just organized our cabinets last month... but them Michele mentioned the Junk Drawer. 

Technically, our junk drawer is in the dining room. . . but I knew it needed cleaned out. So I thought about it, and even took a picture of the mess, then I procrastinated. The odds and ends ended up here because when we purchased out home, there was only one drawer in the kitchen... and it was broken.  In all reality, this is probably the best the drawer has looked in the 11+ years we've lived here, still it needed work!

Hidden Junk Drawer

Our junk drawer tends to be the place to hide things we don't really want to take time to put away. . . especially those things that belong in the basement! While it's ok to keep a couple screwdrivers or pliers handy, we don't need all of our hand tools hanging out in the dining room.

I think it's called the junk drawer because no one used to use the word stuff. They called items by their real names. . . now we call it stuff. So in reality, it should be called our stuff drawer, because it is where we stuff our stuff instead of dealing with it. So let's deal with it already.

Ready, set, go!

All of this was in the drawer. I don't think I need SIX screwdrivers and TWO measuring tapes, or the ponytail holders the girls haven't worn in a decade in my Odds and Ends Drawer.

I put away the extra tools and caulk in the basement, threw away trash, cleaned out the drawer itself. Oh - what's this?! On the bottom of the drawer is the historical information about my china cabinet. It was purchased by my Great-Great Grandfather in 1891. Cool!

Now it's all clean and still has space for an extra set of house keys. Thanks for the encouragement to clean out my no more junk drawer Michele!

No more junk drawer

Much better don't you think? Did you get into the nitty gritty of cleaning this week? How are you cabinets and drawers doing? Hope you're joining in on this cleaning and de-cluttering adventure! Earlier this week the girls and I dropped donations off at the local Christian Center from the items we weeded out the end of December. I'm sure we will need to make another trip soon, since we're only on week 3 of this cleaning adventure!

In answer to your question - no - I didn't clean out the rest of the china cabinet this week. Remember - it's not in the kitchen?! This week was the Kitchen cabinets. I'm hoping Michele has the dining room scheduled for later this year. :)


  1. 6 Screwdrivers!? wow, maybe we need to do your husband's tools next! ;) You did a great job, Carol! Our STUFF drawer(s) get us every time. I won;t even tell you what we found on ours. By the way, your grandmother's cabinet is beautiful- and no worries, got 'ya covered- we will be there soon! ;)

  2. Your drawer looks so much better. Next time you need a screwdriver you should be able to find it quickly :)

  3. Very nice. I didn't even tackle my junk drawer which isn't in the kitchen either! It's in the hall but you've inspired me to get to it.

  4. The tools! My husband has a habit of just sneaking stuff in wherever, and I've found tools in my utensil drawer or in the container that holds the spatulas. I think I even found a screwdriver when I cleaned one of my cabinets last week!