Modern homemaking for the frugal urban mama.
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In the Ball Jar
Good lord. Today went totally pear-shaped on me!
After breakfast, Dennis left for work and I decided to start what I thought would be a quick 30-minute kitchen cupboard reorganization project. Little did I realize the can of worms I was opening up!
Everything came out of that cupboard, I tell you what. I cleaned. I consolidated. I rearranged. I even labeled. There was some really extra serious Type A business going on in my kitchen this morning.
But cleaning that cupboard also meant that I needed to clean out the drawer underneath it. And my tea and spice cabinet. And the cupboard above the fridge. Before I knew it, every last inch of kitchen countertop was filled with stuff, stuff, and more stuff. I was up to my eyes in crazy. And it was right about then that I glanced up at the clock and realized I needed to leave the mess where it was and run Maya to school toot sweet!
On my way home, I stopped off and bought a few extra Ball Jars (so obsessed - I have three cases of different sizes plus 7 stately half-gallon ladies!) to help me finish my kitchen re-org project. But by the time I finished feeding and changing Hen and washing out the jars, it was already time to go back to school to pick Maya up.
See mama run.
We made it home from school at about 4pm. I darted around the kitchen at top speed, cleaning up the mess and putting things back together again so I could start making dinner before Dennis arrived home.
Alas, order was finally resumed; literally, just as I put the last jar back in the cupboard, I heard the jingling of Den’s keys in the front door.
I told Dennis the whole story, complete with detailed hand gestures, of how I tackled what ended up being a huge, hectic kitchen re-org project. I told him how it totally stressed me out and how just a few minutes earlier, the whole kitchen looked like Chernobyl had kittens. I whined about how I ran around like a crazy person all day. I insisted that he behold the fruits of my labor! I opened up all the cupboard doors and showed him how lovely and perfect and organized all of it looked. I even pointed out my fancy labels. Dennis admitted everything look nice, but as far as he was concerned, the kitchen looked pretty much exactly the same as it did when he left for work in the morning.
He said, “It looks good, but I guess I don’t understand why it took you all day to clean out a couple of cupboards.”
I just stared at him. I couldn’t even begin to explain it.
I’ll post some Before and After photos tomorrow morning. Stay tuned!