I was successful in cleaning up the clutter. Check! I did laundry and ever so much housework, and then I started on the food drive project.
A year ago or so, my Charles and I purchased an AKURUM in white to serve as a stand-alone cabinet/island. Our galley style kitchen is pretty small, but there was room for a teeny bit more prep space. We got the taller legs for the cabinet so it would be comfortable for Charles. At an entire foot taller than I, our regular counter space can be a bit low for him. Our intentions were good. We put the base together as soon as we got it home, but we never put on the doors or drawers. Honestly, I was intimidated by those drawers. We packed the AKURUM with food and called it a day. And then called it a year while I constantly glanced at it, silently chiding myself for not finishing it.
Well, four grocery bags worth of donated food and a finally organized collection of stuff we were keeping, and it was time to screw up my courage and finish putting the cabinet together. And then I laughed. And then I kicked myself. Those doors and drawers were the easiest assembly and installation I've ever had with an IKEA product! Some snaps, some screwing together, and that baby was done. If we ever needed to replace cabinets, after this experience, I'd know what to use.
Now our last corner of the kitchen, as it turns into the eating area, looks clean and organized. Plus, it was so inspiring to get that cabinet completed, we may just be motivated enough to finally replace our countertops. We need to get a piece for the AKURUM anyway, so...
We'll see. One project finally completed, but the rest of the things on my to-do list remain undone. The outside projects will have to wait, though, because we've been trapped inside by smoke for the last week because of the King Fire. The image above is one of our smoky sunrises from this past week. This weekend is supposed to see hazardous air quality at times, so there will be no outdoor projects in the near future. That should give me more time to paint and craft, though, right?