I think everyone now accepts that every kitchen has a man drawer. A place where all those things like shoelaces, spare light bulbs and radiator keys live. Michael McIntyre even has a whole sketch about the role of the man drawer in family life.
The thing is that I think my whole kitchen is turning into a bit of a man drawer space. The counter seems to get covered in "things" and these "things" are multiplying at speed. Every time I try to clear it up I just tend to find that it's mainly useful stuff that needs keeping though. A pile of vouchers for money off at the supermarket, half an easter egg which will get eaten, a family size box of plasters that needs a home and some leaflets that I picked up from nursery that I ought to read before recycling. A box of used stamps that may be of use to a charity somewhere, random assorted small toys that I have removed from Master C's reach at some point, but that Little Miss C will still want and a form to renew a driving licence for the woman that used to live in this house before us. Maybe that last one isn't so useful after all.
And then there's all the things that keep coming through the front door. Mr C refers to it as the "recycling that gets delivered" and I fear he may be right with some of it. But some of it is of use. The magazine subscription that I really hope to sit and read when I get a chance. The adverts for local events that I would like to go to if I remember they're on.
What I think I need in my life is a bit more order. Make a place for everything and to put everything in its place. Once again I've been looking on Pinterest for ideas and inspiration and I've created a fantastic board of things that I'd love to include in our home. It's quite telling that 90% of them are storage solutions of some kind or another. Some of them are really quite innovative and not necessarily all that expensive to implement. Many are stunningly gorgeous and actually make me feel slightly excited about getting things into that sort of order - maybe this is just a sign of old age?
Another thing that I really need to do is find somewhere that sells Kitchen Blinds and replace the one over our little window. Yet another part of the room that needs some order and I think starting with a big thing like the look of the window would help immensely. Below it is currently a dumping ground for gardening odds and sods and useful things like the pump for the buggy tyres. Again a clever storage solution is required. Imagine all the time I'll save once I don't have to tidy up - I might even have time to read all these magazines I've been hanging on it. That's all assuming that everything always goes back to where it lives...
Please tell me that I'm not alone like this though. Is everyone else's kitchen like the ones you see in magazines where nothing is out of place and the bowl on the side contains perfect looking fruit rather than the manky bananas that are in mine right now? What does everyone else do with all this stuff that seems to congregate in kitchens and what amazing storage tips do you all have?
Spring's definitely in the air so time for me to clear up once and for all!
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