Aiming for progress, not perfection.

"...being confident of this, that He who began a good work in you
will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus."
Philippians 1:6

Thursday, March 01, 2012

The William Morris Project :: under the kitchen sink.

Warning! Some of you may want to stop being my friend after reading this. And if you are a member of my family, you may contemplate disowning me. (Sorry, Dad & Grandmother!!!)

One of the most well-written, thought-provoking blogs I religiously read is Pancakes and French Fries. She currently has a series running on Thursday's called "The William Morris Project." I first heard the quote Morris is famous for on Simple Mom, and I often recite it to myself when I need motivation to work in/on my house.
"Have nothing in your houses that you do not know to be beautiful, or believe to be useful."
Inspiring, no?

Though I didn't set out to participate personally in Jules' project, I have quite enjoyed reading her very real portrayal of her house and how it's a work in progress. I love how she posted today that the recipe book she had was not exactly her desired style, but it was the one she had. So she used it. Useful. Useful is good enough. She walks her readers through the decisions she makes, and why she makes them. It appeals to my analytical nature to know someone's step-by-step thoughts. It often helps me order mine.

Anyway, I was grabbing something out from under the kitchen sink yesterday when the uninvited idea of revamping that space a bit for William Morris Thursday dawned on me.

So I did.


It was worse than it looks, even. There was lots of stuff hiding under those grocery sacks. Like an old fly swatter. Fly swatters are disgusting. I'd almost rather have the flies than the swatter.

Everything pulled out. Blurry, I know. But you need the visual.

Seriously? How nasty.

While looking through the photos, I almost didn't post this. But honesty, is the best policy, right?

I have no idea what this was, but I can tell you it was real, real sticky.

I don't have a clue.

Cleaners that moved out from under the sink and into my cleaning caddy. Oh, and little boy feet.

This project was not planned very far in advance, and I didn't really want to spend money. I needed this to be quick and easy. I do one of two things when shopping for organization supplies: 1.) Spend too much or 2.) Leave empty-handed because I'm too indecisive. Normally, it's No. 2. And that tends to thwart all of my cleaning/organizing efforts so I knew I had to avoid Target.

Even so, a container to corral the grocery sacks was a must. Lucky for me, I bought this wire bucket on clearance at Target last week sometime. I had eyed them at full-price, but couldn't resist when they went on sale. It was just sitting around, waiting for an assignment.

I pulled out the canvas liner and set it aside. I'm brainstorming how to use it.

See? Grocery sacks! Perfect!

Everything else got a good scrub, including the floor of the cabinets. The paint is chippy and rust-stained and generally nasty-looking, albeit clean now. I contemplated splurging on some shelf liner to cover its ugliness, but it's so uneven and peel-y that it would just look bad. Maybe at some point I will get the motivation to scrape the wood nice and smooth. In the meantime, quick and easy was the goal. Keep your eye on the prize, yes?

The only things that went back into the blue bins were dish washing items and...

...cleaners I regularly use in the kitchen, like Clorox Clean Up (tough messes, disinfecting after working with raw meat), stainless steel cleaner (for my pretty fridge), Fantastik (for cleaning ketchup-smeared walls and such) and a bottle of vinegar water (used to clean the baby's high chair tray, kitchen table, etc.)

I also moved my S.O.S. pads to one Ikea ceramic pot and the roll of garbage bags to another. I left a replacement bottle of hand soap as well.

I got rid of the weird random cord, some old Ball jars covered in candle soot, and the nasty fly swatter. I relocated a vase.


There is A TON of space behind this stuff, and I'm OK with it being empty. It's not magazine-worthy, but it's better. And it's definitely more useful to me now.

Useful = good. Yay for William Morris. And Jules.


Tiffany said...

Good job on corralling the chaos! You definitely do have a huge amount of space down there! I keep all our cleaning stuff in a wooden wine crate under the sink, but I think it's about time to go through some of it and trash the stuff that was bought and just totally doesn't get the job done as promised!

That's Ms. Amy to You... said...

Big change! (But that basket is too pretty to hide out under the sink)!

pamelotta said...

That's a pretty good project for being totally spontaneous! I love that you have the space, but are okay not using it all. Great job!

Dusa said...

Try peel-and-stick floor tiles: they are like .88 cents a piece and the surface doesn't have to be perfectly flat. I chose a lighter marble color for under all the sinks; it brigtens up a dark spot and they are sooooo easy to clean!