Saturday, October 27, 2012

Starting on Kitchen and Laundry Room, Area # 3

I remember how my mom as she got older started leaving stuff out in the kitchen and I started doing that also. OK because Mom did it? Not so. That recipe that I think I am going to make doesn't need all the ingredients left out on the counter. In fact stuff needs a home so my galley kitchen will function. 

Bad habits leaving things out.

Now I have space to cook.

View of laundry from kitchen
The laundry room above is an extension of our kitchen and has a closet pantry at the left and more shelves that my husband built to house baking items in back of the closet leading out to the garage. Above the freezer, the washer and dryer and the sink are more shelves. I really do have so much storage to make better use of. Somehow, stuff just gets left out on the dryer, on top of the freezer and even on the floor, making mopping harder. You get the picture! I used to be able to close off this area with a hidden wall door, but when we replaced the linoleum floor with new dark tile I we can't do that now.

The biggest dent I made last week was to decide to get rid of two large boxes of kitchen stuff.
Can't really think of anything I need above.
This feels so good. Then I was able to move party goods into spaces in the pantry/laundry room that had been hidden in a bin under our pool table. That bin is now available for clothes storage. 

I have started the process of going through each drawer and cabinet in the kitchen and asking those hard questions of do I need this? and when have I used this?

How does this apply to my husband with Alzheimer's? I am not changing anything that he is used to--where the plates, glasses and utensils are, for example. He has such a great habit of rinsing out his dishes and leaving them in the sink or by the sink ready for the dishwasher. This is his kitchen also.

I went again to the chiropractor for my carpal tunnel this week as my wrists needed an adjustment. I am practicing this week for the 5K Alzheimer's Association run on November 3rd.  I have to wear those braces on my wrists when I walk. I tried running for 3/4 of a mile yesterday bending my elbows and my wrists hurt. Overall I am excited about my new level of fitness and weight loss. Hopefully there will be no more hospital visits for me for I can remain my husband's caregiver.

I need to raise more money and if you can contribute the link is at the top right of this blog. Thanks.

Thanks to The House That Cleans Itself by Mindy Starns Clark!  I am so happy with the changes I have been making. Through my thick brain I am finally learning to think and practice: 

A place for everything and everything in its place!


  1. It is good to see you are keeping up the great work!

  2. Wonderful changes! Love it! And now I really want one of those kitches shelves.

  3. Marianne, do you mean those shelves above the counter? That used to be a window. Now it blocks the workshop on the other side. I love this book shelf in the wall also. I do think they need to be sealed better because from the workshop I can see the kitchen light through cracks.

  4. I'm proud of you, you're doing such a good job of organizing, cleaning up and getting rid of things you don't need.
    I think it's such a good feeling to find a place for everything.
    Take care.
    Thanks for the book and always for your sweet comments!
    Hugs and prayers,

  5. Hi Carol, I like the changes you are making! But when I showed my new book on decluttering that you gave me, my adult kids loked at me quizzically, because my house isn't cluttered, and I clean and put away everything in the kitchen before bedtime. BUT where The House that Cleans Itself will come in handy is cleaning and reorganizing the garage, so that stored items in an upstairs bedroom can move out there in newly emptied crates and bins. Then I'll have more free bedroom spaceto either rent out or use for my grandson's room next year or so. Love, Dana

  6. Hi Dana! Sounds like a plan, Dana. The point isn't always clutter. It is also that we keep too much stuff. I remember years ago when I had to get rid of Mary Kay stuff because I wasn't selling it any more. I also have Creative Memory stuff in our guest bedroom to use or give away. I am not the sales person that you are and I commend you for being able to do that along with take care of your husband.

    That's great that you can rent out a bedroom or two or have it for your grandson.

    Hugs and prayers for your caregiving days,