I wake up early in the morning and drink coffee in the glow of its loveliness.
Small woodland animals prance their way through.
That wouldn't be sanitary at all.
Ok, so none of that is true.
I go to bed with a sink full of dishes on days I can't be the mom for five more minutes.
You can't SEE sticky floors through an instagram filter.
I keep it real.
The best thing about my kitchen is that when I need to clean it, I can make it happen really fast.
I don't have anything I don't use.
Non-kitchen stuff is outta there.
Each item has a home.
Do you want less crap on your counters?
A silverware drawer that closes?
Plastic containers that don't attack you when you open that cabinet?
You've got to edit.
Here's what you'll need:
1. A box or bag for the thrift store
(Maybe a notebook to jot items down for tax purposes)
2. A tote or box for things that belong in other rooms.
3. Trash bag
(You need this for the chopsticks from Chinese takeout.)
You can edit over a space of time. You can do one drawer a day.
If you have enough time, you can do it all in one chunk.
The most important part here is that you want to get rid of what you don't use or need.
Sweetie, you gotta be strong about this.
Look me in the eye.
It's gotta go.
There's no way to simplicity with all of that junk in your way.
Editing also includes the idea of defining your space.
Once you determine that shelf is for pots and pans, you can't keep macaroni-glitter art projects there.
Those items go into the tote to be put away other places AFTER your edit.
Do NOT leave the area until you have finished your goal for the day.
My favorite part of editing is determining what items deserve prime real estate.
Put your most used items in the easiest places to access.
Lesser used items go in that weird cabinet above the stove.
The easier it is to put something away, the more likely you are to do it.
(Except if you are the OTHER people who live with me.)
Start with your edit first.
Don't go to Target and buy a bunch of cute storage options without doing your edit.
That step will come soon.
Don't buy storage containers for stuff you never use.
That's what the marketers at Target WANT you to do.
You're smarter than that.
Look away from the bull's eye.