Life: Lazy = embarrassed part 1

So, I took pictures of the chaos because I wanted to preserve a place I don’t want to be (again). I opened all those drawers and photographed them “in the raw.” I’m definitely embarrassed that things have gone so out of control. I’m a little embarrassed to post these to the public to see. But when we moved into this house several years ago, I didn’t have any organization set up. Things were thrown in drawers (this is how it was where I grew up, too). So when you don’t start with the right organizational tools or you just don’t think about it, unfortunately it’s easy for things to be out of control. I have a great segue way for control here, but let me hold that for later, hopefully I’ll remember.

Moving on… this morning I grabbed a box and one of the giant container store bags and emptied the drawers. I did one at a time. I started with the big drawer. I was arranging and rearranging the different containers I had purchased yesterday. Here’s the thing, I tend to me a “matchy” person but I didn’t know what form and material and sizes would work best. I grabbed an assortment of items. Now I came up with a great layout for the big drawer, but guess what, I didn’t like the way it looked. I had clear acrylic, white plastic and wire mesh items. While everything fit well, I didn’t think I could live with it. I decided to put that drawer on hold.

So I moved on to the next drawer. This is my most often used drawer. It stores all the stuff I use to cook. It’s between the stove and sink and where I typically prep everything. Measuring cups, spoons, cookie cutters, biscuit cutters… ok just everything. And how often do I need a biscuit cutter? When is the last time I made biscuits? Anyway, completely unorganized and I can’t find anything. Perfect example, last weekend I need the pastry blender which is a fairly sizable item. Say about the size of an average hand. I searched and searched and rooted to know avail and used a fork. Guess what I found today… the effing pastry blender. Also last week while cutting the cinnamon roll log into actual rolls, I used a knife. Yes it worked fine and dandy, but guess what, I have a tool for that, an actual pastry cutter, it even has different blades depending on what/how you want to cut! Anyway, the drawer has been emptied and bleached.

Before:

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After:

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I don’t know that everything will remain where it currently is. I have way more cookie cutters and no more will fit here, so I definitely need a bigger container and these may move to the bigger drawer.. But this is the start. And now that I know how things look and work together, I can go back to the container store, take back all the unwanted items and get other items that matc or that work better for the space. And funnily enough of all the items I bought yesterday for the drawers, I think the most expensive item was $12.99… I ended up with the cheapest organizer set. I think the set of 3 was like $4 or $5 and I bought 2 sets and the beauty is they fit snug, side by side using all available drawer space and can easily be popped in and out of the drawer.

One thing I learned about this process is that when you don’t know what you have, how do you know what type of container to pick. I wish I’d known that earlier, it would have made understanding Charlie’s questions a lot easier. He kept asking questions like, “what is in your drawers” or “what type of tools?” I kept saying you know kitchen stuff, measuring cups, cookie cutters, etc. I’ve come to the conclusion he was trying to give me options based on the size of things I had in the drawer. But since I didn’t give good answers, he kept asking the same questions. Now I know. However, I was proud of myself that I actually took the drawer measurements with me. When I get ready to do the cupboards, I will take stock of what I have, what I want to organize and then make the trip.

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Life: An organized life? And a new place for lunch.

So today while out doing errands I stopped off at the container store. This place has been in my top 5 for quite some time. The last few weeks Brian has done a tremendous job cleaning dishes and cleaning off the counters and actually putting things away. We’ve been keeping up with the dishes daily so they don’t mount up and pile up and take over. It’s been a better place to cook and live.

So when all those items are clean at the same time, I found we’ve really run out of room and drawer space and especially cupboard space. I’ve slowly been getting rid of larger items not being used, but this weekend I decided to tackle the drawer spaces. Hence my trip to the container store.

When I walked in a gal found me a guy to help with solutions. His name was Charlie and he was absolutely delightful. We talked a good while and he showed me tons of options. After he left me I milled about the store picking up various items. I’m not sure what is going to work best in certain drawers, so I grabbed different things hoping to test em out. What doesn’t work can go back. So I’m very excited to go about this project. Once my drawers get organized, I’ll spend some more time on the cupboards but that could get costly because I’m thinking I want to install those roller shelves for the bottom of the cupboards. I can never reach anything in the back and consequently lose space. The upper level of the cupboards already have the rolling shelves, but I think the bottom space would definitely benefit from them.

So I’m in this completely great mood, the sun is out, I’m happy, decide to head off to Temptations for my book they’ve been holding forever… and I get all the way across town only to get stopped with all these road closures because of the damn parade!!! I literally can not get even close enough to park and walk to the store. Dublin is such a nuisance, I truly hate this place. Anyway, I decided to check out Dibella’s since it’s lunchtime.

Let’s talk Cheesesteak for a minute. I’m a plain jane when it comes to subs. I like meat and cheese and bread. Now I WILL eat other items on my sub, but for the first try out I want the true flavors to come through. Sure any toppings can make things better, but does that mean the core is any good? So I went with plain bread, steak and provolone cheese.

So on the 1-5 scale, 1 bad, 5 good:

For Flavor I give a 1. Bread was boring, decent texture, but no flavor. Meat was very boring, no flavor at all and even the provolone was tasteless.
For options I give a 5 – they have quite a few sizing options and meats and cheeses and toppings.
Staff: 2 they were polite, but not friendly or smiley or anything

Other pros: Free wireless which I’m on right now. Great soundtrack… loving the big band sounds they have playing!!!! Seriously I feel like I should be in old fashioned garb. Totally digging it. Place is also pretty spacious and since I sat off from the regular area, I’m over here alone and it’s nice and relaxing. Also place looks pretty clean. And though the parade is going on streets away, there was really no waiting to place or receive my order, of course everyone else may be stuck in traffic. 🙂

I think I would probably try the place again, get something different. Prices seem on par with other places, but in my opinion, Penn Station still has the best cheesesteak around Columbus. So later today perhaps I’ll post a before/after of the drawer organizing, I can’t wait!