I usually laugh at the idea of spring cleaning. Who has time? Well, now that I’m unemployed, the short answer is, I do! We moved into this apartment with a number of flaws back in January, and I thought spring cleaning (at the beginning of summer) would be the perfect opportunity to make the space finally work for me. First edition? The Kitchen.
Before spring cleaning in this kitchen, we had a couple of logistical problems: when we unpacked everything in January, for instance, there wasn’t a lot of planning. Food sort of went in one number of cupboards, and dishes and cookware kind of went into a bunch of other cabinets, and pretty much as long as we could shut the door on each of those cabinets, we left it at that. We also don’t have a lot of counter space, and a big chunk of my cutting block was taken up by a knife block we moved down from a kitchen with much larger counters. There was little sense of purpose or organization or direction in this kitchen, which made it actually really frustrating to cook in. And finally, we got a puppy and had not yet declared our kitchen an off-limits zone for her, so there were constantly dirty paw smears down the fronts of our cream-colored cabinets from where she had jumped up, trying to reach food on the counters.
So, I wanted to accomplish a few things with this project: greater, more intuitive organization; a cleaner space; a less oppressive vibe in the kitchen in general; and finally, I wanted that damn knife block gone. I had three drawers to work with, one long cabinet of three continuous compartments, two small cabinets that were quite narrow, and one mid-sized cabinet: it sounds like a lot, but I’m a pretty aggressive cook and baker, and we have two home kitchens (his and mine) combined into one for the first time in this space. We had a lot of kitchen stuff.
The great achievement of this kitchen reorganization, in my eyes, at least, was hanging a knife strip. We don’t have a power drill. IKEA doesn’t include screws for their knife strip in the package. I was really, really frustrated even trying to find enough wall space in a reasonable location where the knives would actually fit! And it took me a few tries with the wrong set of screws before I realized I had to get flat-headed screws so the strip would fit onto its base. But that’s really boring, right? So here are the pictures of the finished product!