The first step in creating a home sanctuary is to get rid of all of the extra stuff in the house. We aren’t particularly “cluttery” but there are definitely plenty of things that we have that we don’t use or don’t need that would certainly make our house feel more at peace.
One afternoon, in a stroke of crazy productivity, we decided to come home and go through everything in our kitchen. We split the work up but it basically went something like this:
- Scrub and clean everything. This seriously included everything. We emptied the fridge, got rid of any old foods, took out all of the shelves, washed and dried them. We moved the fridge and the oven out from the wall to clean over, under and around it, we scrubbed, scrubbed, scrubbed the counter tops. We wanted everything CLEAN.
- Go through every dish, pot, pan, utensil. We went through everything in the cabinets and decided only to keep the things that we use. Anything that we had double of or anything that we hadn’t remembered using in the last couple of months got thrown in the donate pile. This included ditching the microwave in favor of clearing off the counters.
- Next up we organized the food pantry. There is only two of us so we don’t have much of a need for a “pantry” but all of the dried goods, baking goods, oils and such all needed a good organizing.
- Scrub the floor! After all of that work we scrubbed the floor and made sure everything was sparkling clean and organized.
I’m not usually one to be late to bed but it felt so good when my head hit the pillow WAY too late that night knowing that we had gotten rid of so many unnecessary things, that things were clean, and that everything had a place.
There are a still things I’d like to do in there to “finish” it a little bit.
- paint the coffee cart a deep teal blue color
- organize the dry goods/pantry a bit better – mason jars, tall canisters, cute labels
- window treatment
- switch out the random assortment of colored dish towels for all white
- shelf liners to keep things cleaner for the next time I decide to do all of this craziness
I’ve always spent so much time in my kitchen. I love food and I love to create and it feels so good to work in a place that just feels so peaceful now.