Let me start off by saying you're welcome. Because when this post is over you are going to be thanking me and radically changing your life. Or possibly rolling your eyes. But deep, deep, deep down you'll be thanking me.
Now let me back up. Do you hear that banging sound? That's the sound of my kitchen being torn apart. Today is Day 1 of the Recession Renovation and I am gaw-danged excited about it. Bring on the dust! Bring on the inconvenience! Bring on four weeks of pizza night! Now this isn't a gut-job; it's a prudent aesthetic make-over peppered with reuse and eco-friendly products (and one very not-eco-friendly product which has caused me much duress...but I'll post more when we're through.) But what has really blown my mind was discovering how much STUFF was lurking in my cabinets (and no doubt in yours, too.)
Yesterday, to get ready for this project, I had to completely empty out a few cabinets and clear out all of the furniture and the crap off of the countertops. I could not believe the stuff I found lurking in the depths. Those Duncan Hines cake mixes were, well, cake! compared to the THREE containers of partially-used and long-expired protein powder I found and SIX baggies of half-eaten crispy snacks that had been tossed into the snack cabinet for future noshing and never eaten. That's just the tip of the iceberg, my friends. Well, hello there, espresso machine! Top of the morning, instant marinator! You're looking shiny, expensive mandoline purchased eight years ago and used once! And do you have any idea how much space ten martini glasses take up in a cabinet? Do you think we've ever had ten friends over for martinis? Do you?