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operation: conquer kitchen

I want to apologize for the lack of warning before the raw chicken close-up picture in my last post. That was really inconsiderate of me. So:

Please know that if you scroll down far enough, you will see a big ‘ol jpg of uncooked meat, and depending on your monitor resolution and color settings, it could be fairly nasty. There. Don’t say I didn’t warn you.

Because clearly I did.

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I had another unexplainable crying fit Saturday. The weekend was going really well; it was a great morning, even a pretty awesome Friday night. I guess my hormones just decided it was time for my once-weekly pity party ::pulls out pregnancy card and places it on the table:: .

Following this mini-sobfest, I decided that our kitchen was stressing me out. Must. Organize. Everything. So, DanO and I launched Operation: Conquer Kitchen at 2:00 on Saturday. The following ensued:

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I organized my spice and my baking drawers. Those are ‘before’ pictures, by the way. Sheesh. What kind of organizer do you think I am? Well. The spices are ‘before’ I put them in matching, labeled containers, but ‘after’ I dumped them all in one bag, alphabetized them, and then rated them on frequency of use (nesting much?).

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Those boxes in the corner used to be my ‘pantry’. No really, we called it that. When you’re Costco shoppers, you need a place to store the other 38 boxes of whatever you bought because they won’t all fit in your food cupboard. This was that place. Then, I bought a $35 shelf from Ikea.

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…which DanO decided to assemble at 7:45am Sunday, because, I mean, what else is there to do at 7:45am on a Sunday when you’re already ready for church? By 8:00 my pantry was put together and sitting in it’s home on the four-season porch.

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Also, using a gift card and general frugality, we paid $70 out of pocket for a chest freezer. Shortly after realizing that freezers need grounded electrical outlets, DanO rewired the 1930s 2-pronger out on the porch so that we could actually turn on and use our steal-of-a-chest-freezer.

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I organized our April projects and plans after purchasing this whiteboard calendar I’d been eying from Walmart.

I’m sorry, did I just say I’d been eying something at Walmart?

Maybe we should loosen our budget a little. Yikes.

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Every last kitchen surface got a thorough wipe-down (see also: nesting) using an amazing smelling, non-toxic kitchen spray I found this weekend at HomeGoods. Doing this I learned that back splashes are actually exposed to quite a bit of splash over a 9 month period. Like, 4 really, really dusty and dirty paper-towels worth of splash. Nasty.

And finally, a picture of Pearl’s contributions to our weekend kitchen campaign:

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So helpful.

3 Responses to “operation: conquer kitchen”

  1. Danae

    So you basically turned your kitchen into your franklin covey planner? How surprising. P.S. Looks like all pantries come from Ikea – I put those shelves together a year ago, obviously in an unconcious aspiration to be as handy as Dan your handyman.

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  2. Mandy

    I love the new look of the blog! I have those outbursts of need to organize all the time. Last week it was the upstairs closet. This week it is my cooking magazines, again…

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