Tuesday, September 23, 2008

8 views of my (comparatively extremely clean) kitchen

I'm feeling pretty good about myself today. There are these pictures going around on the internets which feature an apartment that is filthy beyond belief. Perhaps you've seen them? I saw them, and I nearly threw up. I know that I have a more sensitive nausea center than a lot of people, but if you don't feel the same way, I'll be worried a bit. Looking at them made me realize I am extraordinarily clean, if a touch disorganized and prone to messes. But, see, I do clean them up. I also know how to tell my husband to take the garbage to the curb. And, I even do it myself if he doesn't notice it piling up, although I admit to being pretty stubborn about it being his job and not mine.

Anyway, here is the link to these pictures. Click with caution, they are not for the faint of heart. I am not even kidding.

And with that, here are the 8 pictures of my lovely kitchen. I just rearranged it last week, because I purchased a new computer armoire and my awesome dad put it together for me while my parents were visiting. He likes to do stuff like that, and he did it amazingly fast, too. Before that I had a really big corner desk unit. It was great, but it was just too gigantic for my kitchen. It worked well in our last house, but it drove me nutso here. When we first moved in, we saw there was a spot in the living room that was perfect for the desk, but then we realized that there was nowhere to put the piano. It just made more sense to have the computer in the kitchen than the piano, as I'm sure you would agree, even though it has bugged me for two years now. The rolling thingy that you put the keyboard on broke a few weeks ago, so I had a great excuse to find something I liked better.

Here is the first view, with the computer armoire closed (much to Joel's chagrin, as he was doing important "research" on youtube while I was taking these pictures last night). The corner unit used to be right where the armoire is, and it was so behemoth that my table had to be situated the other way and the desk extended out to the middle of the window. It was pretty cramped in there, to say the least. Also, the old desk was a junk sucker. It just couldn't stay clean no matter what I did. Now, I have doors to close on the mess if necessary.
In this view you can see how the new armoire works so well with my hutch. The old desk left barely enough space for the garbage can between the hutch and the desk. I really, really like my table turned this way so much better. You just have no idea. Also, you can now see that Joel is back to "researching" Maynard Ferguson and jazz music.
Did I mention I really like my table turned this way?
Another new thing in the kitchen is this tin magnet board. I used to have an el cheapo bulletin board/white board combo there. It was ugly. I kind of miss the white board, but since one of Sophie's latest pastimes was climbing up and erasing everything I wrote there, it's a moot point. I bought this thing at Robert's, unfinished. I also bought red paint. But when I got it home I realized that I did not, in fact, buy red paint. I bought brown paint. I was too impatient to go back and switch it, so I just painted it brown. Not sure how I feel about it, but it works for now. I can always paint it red another day.
Here is a lovely view of a counter. Actually, for those of you who have been in my kitchen and then had the gall to move away, you might remember that I had some ceramic canisters here that had really seen their best days. Much as I loved them, I threw them out. Then I replaced them with the one big metal canister you see here. If you open it, you will find cell phone chargers and my collection of Box Tops.
Here is Chloe getting her sippy cup for the night, and another view of the place and my cell phone. I used to have a lot of other stuff on my counters, but I sold it in our garage sale. It feels so good to be rid of the clutter. That funny looking thing by the fridge is Bria's lunchbox, waiting to be packed up in the morning.
When I took this picture, I was standing in my living room. This is my least favorite feature of this house, because if you have even one dirty dish in the sink, the whole world will know. Well, at least they would know if you invited them in. It bugs me, because I often have many more than one dirty dish in the sink. I'd love to hide that fact. Oh well, it gives me impetus to just do the darn dishes already. And I did, last night, as you can see. Unfortunately, now I have breakfast dishes to contend with. But first, I have to unload the dreaded dishwasher.
And finally, a view where you can kind of see how it all fits together. You can also see my pantry door.
There you have it! My lovely kitchen. I hope you enjoyed the tour. Look for other rooms in future weeks....not sure I (or you, for that matter) can handle doing this every day, but I will try to do it weekly until my whole house is done. Which shouldn't take too many weeks. It's a small house.

P.S. I really like roosters.
Lara Neves
Lara Neves

Lara is mom to three daughters—two teens and a tween. She loves to share her parenting and homemaking triumphs and failures here at Overstuffed! She was diagnosed with Lyme disease in 2015 and has been fighting it ever since. When she isn't working on her mother of the year award, you can find her reading, singing, or taking photos.


  1. I noticed you like roosters. And I love your hutch and armoire. Very nice kitchen!

    And hey, in those "other" pictures: I noticed a broom AND some cleaning supplies. Do you think they were just for effect? You know, to add some spice to the photos?

  2. 1) We have the same highchair
    2) We have our dining room chairs newly covered in lovely, shiny vinyl, too. Not really my favorite 'look,' but it sure beats chairs that have been steeped in spilled milk, gravy, and oatmeal
    3) I love love love the colors going on. When our downstairs floors are done I will post some pictures (hopefully my house will be as clean as yours) and you will see I have a nice orangy red thing going on, too.
    4) Beautiful furniture. Your home looks very nice and welcoming. :)

  3. Oh, and I checked out those pictures. GROSS. I found it strange and a little funny that there is a bottle of cleaner on the tub AND a small can of what appears to be Raid? And that the cleanest spot in the house appears to be the ironing board.

  4. OK, you weren't joking about those pictures. The first few were bad, and I thought, "Well, they love clutter.", and they came the bathroom ones. I had to click off.

    Your kitchen is adorable! Love the black wood.

  5. RE: The "Other" Pictures
    Um... where is the body? Or the bodies? That's all I have to say.

    RE: Your Kitchen

    SO PRETTY! I love it.

  6. OK, those pictures of the other house are beyond disgusting. The pictures of the bathroom just about made me throw up too. Oh, and you have a lovely kitchen.

  7. Your kitchen looks great! And those other pics....GROSS! YOu were right. That is beyond disgusting. My aunt has a thing for chickens and roosters and her dining room/kitchen is done in them too.:)

  8. great job. it always feels good to get cleaned and organized. we function better for sure. so, i used to have barstools like yours but i will pass along a tip...rustoleum satin black spray paint. you could paint the white part black to tie in your dining room. or not. just a thought.

  9. I love your armoire and hutch and kitchen, everything goes so well together.

  10. It looks really great.
    I too hate clutter on the kitchen counters.
    I am drooling with all your room.

  11. So pretty! You have beautiful taste. I'm with you on the clutter -- it definitely feels so much better to be clear of it.

    And you were so right about those other photos -- eeeewwwww! I honestly don't know how that person lives like that. I was gagging!

  12. It was so much fun being in your house again. Love the new desk.

    As yucky as dealing with loading and unloading the dishwasher is, count your lucky stars that you have one. :) My counter always has my dish drainer on it (it's never empty long enough to try storing under the sink).

  13. I love your kitchen!

    So those gross pictures. . . I couldn't for the life of me figure out what those "things" were in the bathroom. Not a clue!

    I wish you were closer and could help me decorate. I am learning. . . so thanks for posting pictures and giving me ideas! Can't wait to see the rest of the house.

    My new lens is the 50mm f/1.4 Wasn't that the one you recommended?

  14. Love your kitchen. Love your clean counters. I am slowly following your example.

    The link to the other pictures. Holy gross. That's all I'm going to say about that.

  15. Pretty kitchen! Mine leaves a little something to be desired, but it looks like a palace compared to that other - ICK ICK ICK!!!!!

  16. I think I am going to be sick, how can anyone live like that? Aren't you grateful you are so clean???? Good Job dear!!!

  17. i remember you like roosters and every time i see one i think of you. Hobby Lobby has great rooster stuff and i saw some in Tuesday Morning. sighhhhhh, i miss you. love your dining room.

  18. I am on the verge of throwing up right now. How sad (definitely not a strong enough word) that people live like that!

    On the other hand, I loved your house! The computer unit fits in perfectly. We have a corner computer unit in our dining area from Ikea and its the perfect place for it. I just wish we could close it, but its an open one.

  19. Love your kitchen, Lara! What great furniture - I have a lot of dark furniture in our house, too.

    Maybe I'll take your cue and do a photo tour of our kitchen!