• Cure Clock: 4 weeks to go! Halfway through!
• Assignment: Read Week Four, pp. 129-153
• Pare down your book and media collection.
• Declutter your living room.
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Can you believe we're into Week Four already? I don't know about you, but I feel like these last 3 weeks have flown by. I've been working on my own projects, focused primarily on clearing out my closets. See, we do pretty well keeping our apartment clean and clutter-free on the outside, but the insides —those dark hidden spaces called "closets" that whisper "Psst! You don't know where to put that, so give it to me! I'll keep it secret, keep it safe..."— had developed a life of their own, and it wasn't looking very pretty...
My upper kitchen cabinets after I took off the cupboard doors. The open shelving has forced me to keep things neat.
A few weeks ago I decided to switch to open shelving in my kitchen. I took all the upper cupboard doors off, put pretty paper in the back, and neatly arranged my Fiestaware dishes and bulk items. It really transformed the space, and I loved the change.
The doors come off!
In the process of making all the top cabinets look nice and neat, the lower cabinets got the spillover. When I didn't know where to put something or if I even wanted to keep it, I stuffed it in the lower cabinets (since they still had doors on them). A couple months of this and suddenly it was complete chaos: pans falling out on my toes when I opened the door, bowls and random storage containers toppled every which way, appliances I couldn't reach anymore. It was a mess.
Note: I debated if I could bring myself to overcome my embarrassment and show you what my lower kitchen cupboards looked like before I cleaned them out, but in the spirit of full disclosure...
I took an old pot rack from IKEA that I was no longer using and put it in the cupboard to hold my pot lids (which always seem to get lost). All of my small appliances are in one cupboard, and my pots, pans, and storage containers in the other. Containers and pans I don't use were shipped off to the thrift store.
I'm still not accustomed to opening the doors and not having things fall out!
In addition to clearing out the kitchen, I cleared out bags worth of clothes, shoes, and other household items (my Outbox) and took it to Housing Works. I took the wire shelf you see above (which used to be in the kitchen) and moved it right outside our front door to hold our shoes, so they weren't just strewn across the floor.
Our Landing Strip
This little mint green table which sits right by our entryway closet serves as our landing strip. We have a little pottery bowl to catch our keys and loose change, and I recently added a tin box to hold all our mail.
You've done your kitchen and your entryway. This week is all about decluttering your living room. We have quite an attachment to our books, but we're going to try and pare them down a little. We've already gotten a bit of a jumpstart on the living room when my husband cleared out our "media cabinet" a few weeks ago (which, much like the kitchen cabinets above, was practically throwing up all of the miscellaneous stuff we had put in there) and turned it into his
bar mixology station!
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