Thursday, February 28, 2008

The Dreaded Cabinets

Lest you think my life is devoted only to one crafting adventure after another, I do actually clean my house. It makes me absolutely crazy to try to think and create in the midst of chaos. It’s disruptive to my notion of serenity.

I’ve been tackling cabinets, purging unrelentingly, cleaning, and then reorganizing. Questions I ask myself during the process are as follows. When did I last use this? Do I really need it? Why in the world do I save stuff like this?

On one side of the cabinet under my kitchen sink are general cleaning products. Little turntables bought at Target make it easy to grab what I require. I stick scrub brushes in a simple jar.

The other side contains products for washing dishes (both by hand and machine). There are not many cleaning products you actually need, and I make them all myself.

The master bath has his-and-hers bathroom sinks with cabinets underneath. Except for a very few products, I make my own toiletries and try to package them prettily (on left). See how nice and neat my cabinet looks?

Now look at the dreadful mess in my husband’s cabinet. I try to be respectful about his things, but this is driving me nuts. I’m tackling it next.

There are more cabinets to be done, but now you know I don’t just merrily sew and craft all day long. Do you have cabinets you dread opening?


rohanknitter said...

Dread? Definitely - anything of my husbands, so I can really relate to that picture you posted. He doesn't like me to mess with his "stuff," but it's getting to the point he's ready to let me help him! ; )

Cathy said...

Hello there

Short answer is YES lol

Mostly in the garage, belongs to another person - guess who? - starts with a D and ends with an H :))


see you there! said...

The supposed linen closet is a catch all, lots of things end up there never to be seen again.

Having glass doors on my kitchen cabinets helps keep me in line, LOL!


Rosie's Whimsy said...

Oh June, I am so ashamed :-( You would run screaming from some of my "junk cabinets". I love the questions you ask yourself....but what I need is a personal organizer to come and throw things away for me so I can start over fresh. Anyone what a job?

((hugs)) Rosie

Carolyn said...

I'm curious, what do you make your cleaning products from? I've seen the recipes for ammonia/water/lemon and always wondered if they really worked. Thanks for any info...

a pink-bee said...

I know what you mean about the cabinets~ have a few on my list to do soon :)Thankfully got our big storage closet all tidy ~ we have one closet no-one will go in but me :) Just posted a really wonderful book of sewing projects ~

meg said...

It cracked me up to see this first thing this morning; the answer to your question is YES! If only the dreaded messes were confined to cabinets!

Last week, I put a small tub underneath the kitchen sink and arranged all the cleaning supplies, and stowed the scrubbers in an empty container. Such a difference. And I was inspired by the way you'd been organizing other areas in your house, and now-lookie here-it turns out I'm on the right track! ;) Thanks again, June.

hunnybunny said...

I hope my husband doesn't see this, then he'll know that other crafters clean. I have him also convinced that I'm not supossed to do that anymore. haha
Seriously though I am on a declutter mission. Other than the that the only chore I really dislike is cleaning baseboards and dusting. Ick. I make my cleaners too, but I recently splurged on some Mrs. Meyers it smells so good.
Good Luck with your cabinets, I hope you can get it done quickly and work in a nice relaxed space.

Kristie said...

The tupperware cabinet. Scott threatens constantly to throw it all out and start again.

sassypriscilla said...

But of course your cabinets are so tidy! Junie Moon - my hero in all things crafty and pertaining to the home.

iSew said...

I thought I was a neat freak until I saw this. My goodness. Where do you find the time to make your own cleaning products & toiletries. Martha Stewart beware!

Nancy J. Bond said...

Our spare bedroom closet is giving me fits! It tends to be the catch-all for things that don't have a place of their own. Stuff! We need to purge, too!

ellen said...

Do I have cabinets that are a mess? Yes...I also have an entire room that's a disaster. My goal is to tackle that room today.
Thanks for the inspiration.

Pat said...

Oh my! My house is small so closets and cabinets are pretty full everywhere, plus my husband likes to buy in bulk at Costco so you can imagine that storage is always an issue. My hubby is a great organizer, however. He loves to load the dishwasher and put away the groceries in an orderly manner. It must be his accountant! I'm neat, but not a fanatic. My desk is always overflowing and I love to collect things so I'm a hopeless case!

meg said...

Cabinets are in good shape around here; its the drawers & some shelves that make me cringe :-(
Thanks for the inspiration- we tackle the drawers & the garden this weekend (if the weather cooperates!)

Rosemary said...

I need to do the same. Good job Junie!

kim said...

Ugh, I still have BOXES from the move 4 months ago that I dread opening! It's SO overwhelming!

Storybook Woods said...

Ohh my cabnites are sooo bad but yours are just lovely. Maybe you will spur me on !!!! xoxoxox Clarice

Mary Isabella said...

I think I need to clean my cabinets...LOl

Cat said...

Oh yes under my kitchen sink. I just got done organizing my bathroom his & her cabinets and I'm ready to tackle the kitchen. LOL Looks like we are on the same wavelength.
I do have a question... since I have decided to remove most chemicals from our life I do tend to make my own cleaning products but laundry, dishwasher and hand washing. Would you be willing to share you recipe for these?

FinnyKnits said...

Oh my weakness! Organizing!

I've successfully tackled all but the undersink cabinet in the kitchen, but now I MUST.

Look at that. HOT.

I adore those turntables. I have at least a dozen working for me throughout the house. But I need at least two more for our big corner cabinet and now I'm thinking TWO more for under the sink.


Fiona @ Dragonfly-Crafts said...

My Gosh June, you have the neatest cupboards I've ever seen. I know what you mean about cutting down on all those products, I too need to do that. I have my favourites and shouldn't try anything else.
I should snap my cupboards and show you Aggggg

Shelley said...

Those cabinets are truly "things of beauty" and I am so stinkin' impressed by your sticktoitiveness to get them to look that good!!

I feel like I'm forever weeding, pruning and paring down here and then I go and see that photo of your cupboards.


My only request is that when the personal organizer is done at Rosie's house...would she please come to mine.