The wife will organise.
My husband is currently overseas for two weeks working (in Turkey – lucky man) which means a lot of time around the house with not a lot to do. When my husband isn’t at home I tend to do two things
1. Clean and organise
2. Rewatch my beloved tv series.
So last weekend I spent a lot of time doing both of those things! I did duck up to Sydney for Easter Saturday and Sunday to spend time with my family (and fit in a sneaky Ikea trip – I cannot wait until Canberra gets an Ikea!)
Friday I attacked our kitchen. I pulled everything out of the cupboards, cleaned all the interiors and reorganised all the cabinets, including moving some things that we don’t really use out to the garage. We have a ‘pantry’ in the garage that I use to store our bulk purchases and appliances that we don’t make use of and were taking up valuable kitchen real estate.
(In case you were wondering, my series of choice last weekend was How I Met Your Mother series 7, 8 and 9. I love having a show I know and love on in the background. I had it playing on my laptop which followed me around the house as I cleaned!)
I have a love/hate relationship with our kitchen. It’s a great kitchen and I love a lot of things about it, but I still want to redo it eventually. I am picturing white cabinets and a wood bench top, but that is a fair way down the road. The thing I hate the most is my pantry. I’m jealous of all those big, beautifully organised pantries on Pinterest like this:
I really wanted to install these Ikea pull out drawers in our pantry but it is an irritating size – too small to be a standard size pantry and too big to be a ‘small’ pantry. My Ikea trip in Sydney has solved my problems (for now). I bought some white plastic containers with handles (which I cannot for the life of me find on Ikea’s website). They are a great size for the pantry and allow for all the little things to be contained in an easy to access (and less frustrating) way.
While I was cleaning the kitchen I also did those things I haven’t cleaned since we moved in: the oven, the tops of the cabinets, the walls, the roof, and the light fixtures. It’s really satisfying (and exhausting) to have a perfectly clean kitchen. Having a clean kitchen makes me feel calm and in control.
Over the rest of the long weekend while I was at home I cleaned lots more of the house and it was a great way to distract myself while Stu is away. Plus, because he isn’t here the house is actually staying clean!
I’m looking forward to having him home (one week and one day!) even though he will only be home for three nights before we head off to Europe. I have started my packing for our big Europe trip, I will have to do another post on that!