Looking at the beautiful organized houses on here have got me thinking. If they can have a neat looking house... then I can,too!! Mine isn't really awful or anything, but there is room for some definite improvement. Before I had kids, EVERYTHING was organized. Something happens when you pop out 5 kids... but that is not an excuse. And I don't plan on using it for an excuse either. I talked it over with my husband. Our kitchen will be fully organized and painted before thanksgiving. Period. I will not rest until it is done. It is so easy to push everything off, but I spend so much time in there, it can get depressing to try to cook in there.
We started off by organizing the pantry and the cabinets. Can you believe I had to pack up four sets of china? I just LOOOOVE dishes. I need to find a china cabinet, cheap. I can't pay a lot of money for something and then paint it. It makes my tummy hurt to think about it. Seriously. So, I have to find a decent one that I can paint and do lots of stuff to. Then I won't feel bad if I mess it up. It will more than likely go in our front room. My kitchen is really tiny, so it can be very difficult to decorate. The table is actually a little too small for us, but I haven't found what I want yet. I want a harvest table, or something similar. And definitely benches for the kids. We can smoosh them all together if we have company. Hehe. Again, it must be cheap. Antiqued or "pre-chipped" is preferable. That way I can't get upset if my kids mess it up.... which is going to happen. I just want a sturdy table. Nothing formal. I want mis-matchy chairs. You know, kinda cottage-eclectic. That way, if a chair gets broken... which it will... my hair will not end up getting ripped out. Now you know why I have short hair...haha!! ;0)
So, I am feeling pretty good right now. I know what I want to do to my kitchen and I have organized the cabinets and pantry. Now I need to clean off the counters and still somehow make it look welcoming, somewhat decorated, but not in the way of my cooking. Or baking. I am thinking I might be begging for ideas in the future, but that will be in another month or so. Now if I could just decide what color to paint my cabinets. I wonder if schizophrenia runs in my family.....

7 comments: to “ Trying to Organize for fall...

  • Manuela@Pleasures of Homemaking
    September 13, 2009 at 5:21 PM  

    I love dishes too! I have one big china cabinet in my living room because it's really the only place I have room for large piece. Good luck with your organizing and painting!


  • Melissa Miller
    September 13, 2009 at 7:16 PM  

    ~WOW! Kelly I am sooo happy for you! Organization feels so wonderful and fresh when it's all done. Let us see the before and afters if you want to show us. I find them the most interesting of all blog posts. LOVE it!

    LOVE your gorgeous new blog design as well! ~GREAT job my friend!

    ~Blessings, Melissa :)

  • Cindy (Applestone Cottage)
    September 13, 2009 at 8:31 PM  

    Hi Kelly,
    Don't forget to take lot's of before's and after's. With 5 kids you have a full-time job already! Hugs Cindy

  • Jackie
    September 14, 2009 at 11:51 AM  

    It's hard to find time to do the organizing...but it's so worth it. I spent a big part of my summer deep cleaning and organizing my house and my reward is the enjoyment I'm getting out of it now. I love those dishes too!

    Have a great day!

  • alicia@thrifty and chic motif
    September 14, 2009 at 2:12 PM  

    I have your same problem concerning dishes, I absolutely love them. The only thing keeping me from buying more is that there is absolutely no room in my cabinets for them. I need a china cabinet too :)

  • Amy
    September 15, 2009 at 7:04 AM  

    I too have the same problem storing my china. Infact I've had a whole set that I brought this summer at a antique store and they are still on my dining room table waiting to be put away but...where? I love the idea of a nice sturdy harvest table that is chipped with benches. I think that table will be functional for your family. Can't wait to see the finished results! Good luck!

  • Cyndi
    September 15, 2009 at 7:36 AM  

    Love your blog! Thanks for stopping by mine and entering my fall give away:)