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Oh internet, the things I do for you. These are photos of my cabinets. I did no cleaning before taking these, obviously.
A few months ago we finally finished installing the cabinets in our mudroom/laundryroom. I couldn’t imagine at the time how I was going to fill all that glorious space. But it is true what people say, the more space you have the more you fill it.
Slowly things just started getting placed into there. Don’t know where to put something? Hey, just stick it in the empty cabinets.
And that is just what we did. With wild abandon. I want to cry every time I open them. And not just because heavy things fall out and hit me on the head.
What the heck is all of this stuff and why is it in my cabinet? Specifically diapering products when I no longer have a child in diapers (can I get a Hallelujah? Thanks.), weights, fourth of July sparklers, leftover Christmas cards from last year, and books. Also, why is all of that stuff piled in the corner? Why do other people in my family, cough:: husband::cough, think that making piles is the same thing as cleaning up?
When I repainted this room I removed all the outlet covers and somehow I lost the one that goes here in the corner. It is a “special” one in that it has to have one rectangular opening for the GFI outlet and one regular opening for the other outlets. They are not easy to find at the store.
And what do we have here? A box with a pair of shoes from zappos that I still need to send back. They have a 12 month return policy so I still have a couple of months left to procrastinate. The box my camera came in. Over the counter medicines, two baskets fill with random junk that I would never miss if it disappeared. The top shelf is blissfully empty.
These are all empty bins that I have gathered from around the house to organize my stuff. And two things of air freshener that my husband insists on using. I have to keep it up there because my three year old likes to spray it all over the bathroom floor.
This cabinet is probably not all filled up like the other ones because I can’t really reach any of the shelves and the sink makes it harder to just climb up on the counter, which I do daily.
This is where I keep my four year old. It is very convenient because I always know just where to find her.
The problem with the upper cabinets is that they are very deep so it is impossible for short people like me to reach all the way in the back.
My goal this weekend is to re-organize all of these cabinets and think about how I want them to function. What things do I need to keep in this room?
I’ll report back on Tuesday. Wish me luck.
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