Getting the Urge to Rearrange

Where Will it All Go?

Where Will it All Go?

Yesterday (yes, I KNOW it was April Fool’s Day), I was sitting at the computer looking at possible stand-alone cabinets that I could order for our one kitchen wall when it dawned on me that I could just use what we currently have in the house.  Our dining room has a big china hutch flanked on either side with smaller bookcase/hutches.  My thoughts were to move those bookcase/hutches into the kitchen on either side of our lone window on the wall that has no cabinetry whatsoever.  I really need more storage space and this would solve the problem.

Of course the first thing that had to be done was to empty out all of the contents of the two smaller hutches.  I had almost all of my knitting books in one hutch and all of my cookbooks in the other plus all the family games and lots of other “stuff.”  Since I was sorting books, I decided to cull through my collection and separate ones to sell up on Ravelry and others that could be donated to our local library.  The ones that remained I had to cart down to our basement and put them in a bookcase down there.    Everything else got put on our dining room table until I could deal with it.

Wow, it was a little dusty.

Wow, it was a little dusty.

Next I had to dust off the cabinets because I wasn’t about to move them and then put new items on or in them when they were dusty.  Of course, that meant that I had to locate where I’d stashed the dusting supplies when we had our company over Palm Sunday weekend.  That took awhile.  The next shocker was when I moved the cabinets away from the wall.  Wow, I could have put a saddle on some of those dust bunnies and ridden them off into the sunset.

Now how do I cover those cords?

Now how do I cover those cords?

Once I had moved the cabinets, the ugly electrical cords that we use for our shredder and the charging station were exposed.  Ugh!  I am planning to move the charging station back to my office so at least the cords that face the front of the house will go away.

Goodbye, Ugly Bookcase!

Goodbye, Ugly Bookcase!

Next I had to empty out the ugly old particle board bookcase that we’ve been using for a makeshift pantry.  It’s also been holding our phone books.  I also had to move the water jugs and pop that we’ve been storing on the floor beside the bookcase.  Then I carted the bookcase out to the sunporch where it will languish until Jason comes and can help us get it to the curb.

Hutches are in position.

Hutches are in position.

Finally I had the hutches maneuvered into position and the cookbooks put on one side.  Of course I still hadn’t quite decided what was going to go on and in each one but that was all I could manage for one day.  By the end of the evening, I was moving like some of the ladies I’ve seen in the nursing home.  My back hurt, my hip hurt, and my knee was killing me.  My nose was so stuffed up from the dust that I had to sleep in the guest room last night.

The hutch project is completed.

The hutch project is completed.

Well, today I continued with my hutch project.  I tackled the storage under our kitchen counter (which goes WAY back) and threw out lots of junk and put other stuff into the boxes for donating.  I moved some of my cooking pots and pans onto the hutches where I could easily reach them.  Then I looked around.  Big mistake!

Let's move some more things!

Let’s move some more things!

I decided to do some counter arranging.  We DID have the microwave in the corner above (kind of angled) along with the two coffee pots.  I decided to move the microwave to the other side and make this side the “coffee station.”

Microwave in a new position.

Microwave in a new position.

At the same time, I moved my mixer up to the counter top.  I had really hoped to be able to move it to the hutch but it is just too tall.  It had been beside the stove in a cabinet below the counter and it was a real chore to lift up and onto the counter whenever I needed it.  Since I moved it up here now, I moved the blender (which I rarely use) down where the mixer had been.  I then had room to position the microwave flat against the wall instead of angled, which opens up counter space.

The only other thing that we think needs to be done is to replace that table between the hutches with something smaller.  I took measurements and looked around this morning but didn’t find anything I particularly liked.  We DO have a matching cabinet which would be perfect but the fly in the ointment is that there is a heating vent on the floor beneath the window.  If we moved the other cabinet there, it would be covered up and that is the only vent in the kitchen.  So I really need to find something that sits off the ground enough to let air circulate.

Now I’m going to limp off to my recliner and do some well-earned knitting.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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