Happiest of Happy Mondays, my friends.
Big goings ons here today, I have effectively emptied out my kitchen to have my cabinets repainted. When we moved in one year ago, I knew I wanted to change up the kitchen and it has been a slow, year-long process that will culminate with the cabinets being painted. Over the year I have replaced the countertops and the backsplash, removed a built-in desk, and found an incredible old hutch to replace the desk. I know many folks accomplish these things in a month, but decision making is not my strong suit, so it tends to take me longer.
But, call me a tad anxious. While the painters will wear masks the whole time I was still a little nervous having them in my kitchen for a week. So, I have removed every single thing from every drawer and every cabinet and put them in the dining room. I figure it is also a good opportunity to wipe down and clean out every space in the kitchen when they are done and before I put my stuff back.
Plus, it’ll provide me with an opportunity to really handle everything before I put it back. I learned during my previous kitchen declutters that the most effective way to figure out what stays and what goes is to actually remove everything and then make a conscious decision to put it back or not.
I can’t wait to show you the finished kitchen next week!
When Rob saw our dining room filling up with stuff again after we just emptied it of his sister’s stuff 2 weeks ago, he just stood there and shook his head. But, after I finish with my kitchen, it’ll be time to use the dining room again as a staging area for him as we gather his stuff to return to school and set him up in his first apartment (fingers crossed). Speaking of returning to school and first apartments, check out this post on Planning Your First Apartment for tips and a handy checklist of commonly needed ‘first apartment’ items.
My list of 49 Household Tasks that take 15 minutes or less was so popular that I brainstormed another list of 53 Household Chores that you can do in less than 15 minutes…some quick maths will tell you that that makes a total fo 102 15-Minute or Less Household Task! Booya!
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In other exciting news, my friend Sheila has a new cookbook which has my name all over it! While I like to prepare chicken, I often run out of ideas and end up making the same chicken dishes over and over. Her new cookbook aptly named The Easy Chicken Cookbook, offers recipes organized by convenience: 5 ingredients or fewer, 30 minutes or less, one pan, one pot, and pressure cooker or slow cooker. A mix of classic and contemporary dishes―Hot-Honey-and-Garlic-Glazed Drumsticks, Pad Thai with Crunchy Peanuts, and Pan-Seared Lemon-Pepper Chicken Breasts―use simple, everyday ingredients. And…drumroll…She has graciously offered me one cookbook to send to a lucky reader. Leave a comment with your favorite, go-to chicken recipe to be entered to win her cookbook.
Open to US residents ages 18 and up only. Entries must be received by Friday, July 24 at 5 p.m. EST. One winner will be chosen at random on Saturday, July 25. No purchase necessary. Est. retail value: $14.99
Well my friends, I am off to finish prepping for the week without access to the kitchen.
Hope your week is a good one!
Sending you strength and hugs!