A NoN-CoOks KiTcHen

The kitchen challenge is a success! I spent most of Saturday afternoon and Sunday morning working on the project. Since I rent, I was not able to change the cabinets. I am allowed to paint walls but that is a project for a different day. I had set up zones last year for the kitchen, which made this years de-clutter even easier. My objective was to clean, de-clutter and organize. After the photos is a list of the amount of clutter removed {in pounds} and the number of items donated. Along with the budget spent and what I used to clean. I did purchase some items for the fridge but the rest was re-purposed from items I already had in the kitchen. Enjoy the slide show!

{The furry helper who keeps showing up is my cat Isabeau}

It was a productive weekend. And that means that today, I relax!

Stats for 2012 ReDesign Challenge, Kitchen

Pounds of Clutter Removed: 41.5#

Number of items donated: 18

Cleaner Used: Warm Soapy Water and Mrs. Myers All Purpose Cleaner

Budget: Two red boxes @ $5.99 {Target}, One Ice Cube box @ $3.99 {Target}, Two Dish Racks @ $2.99 {Goodwill}, and 2 rolls of Red shelf liner @ $4.47 {Walmart}, total $20.44 {.44 over budget}

MuStArd & KetCHuP

Those are the colors of my kitchen. Inspired by two kitchen items I received over the years. Mustard from the Martha Stewart mixing bowls I received as a present years ago from my mom. Ketchup from an adorable red tea-pot I have (and quite frankly, don’t remember where it came from). I am not changing that theme, but I am going to clear out the stuff I don’t need and refine the zones.

Since I was blessed by not having to work OT this weekend, I am going hog-wild in the kitchen…and I ain’t cooking!

I created a board on Pinterest called A Non-Cook’s Kitchen that has some inspiration ideas for me. Below is the few pictures I am using for today’s clean and de-clutter.

So now I am off to take photo’s of the apartment for all the before shots. THEN! I clean the kitchen. Stay tuned…the first kitchen post is coming soon!

au revoir!

HaPpY NeW YeAR!

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It is finally here!!!! 2012! I am glad to see 2011 past into the distance. It was a good year I must say. I turned forty, I have a job that I do enjoy (despite the long hours) and my friends and family are healthy! Really, what more can I ask for?

I took last week away from the blog to work on the content for the new year. My focus will be on creating a comfortable home, building my Etsy business and working on financial stuff. However, my first order of business is to introduce the 2012 ReDesign Challenge.

Since owning my first home, I have began a declutter project at the beginning of each new year. Room by room, one room a month, de-cluttering and organizing. The goal of this years challenge is to learn to live with less, use what I have, re-purpose what I have and ‘green’ my routines. With that mission statement in mind, I will have some rules to this Challenge.

  1. Declutter – record the number of pounds purged, list items donated for tax purposes, repurpose items and list items for home inventory.
  2. One Year to an Organized Life” by Regina Leeds will be the main source book for room-by-room organizing.
  3. Green Routines – Create and use natural, less toxic cleaning solutions
  4. (my favorite part) Decorate! Use what I have to create a new look to the apartment, infused with a bit of whimsy and bohemian accents
  5. {and the biggest challenge of it all!} Spend only $20 per month for each room!

The past few weeks I have been creating numerous PDF files full of sources and ideas for the apartment. January will be all about the kitchen. With the building up of the stock pile and making a concentrated effort to eat better, the kitchen really needs to be re-zoned and organized. My Pinterest boards are just exploding with ideas!!!

I am looking forward to this challenge as much as I am looking forward to the new year! BRING IT ON 2012!

I am not writing any resolutions this year. I just want to live happy and be healthy.

au revoir