Sink Cleanup

Because I’ve been making stockings, my real job (wife, mother, cook, housekeeper, teacher) has been somewhat neglected.  It happens.  It’s part of our family plan: things run smoothly 11 months out of the year.  December, everybody fends for himself/herself.  This is why my 5 year old is able to help his 3 year old sister make a turkey on a bagel sandwich snack.  Waiting for mom, you’d starve.  It’s a mini-boot camp for independence.

Guilty mother confession: my children had cereal for dinner last night.  Yes, I hang my head in shame. 

I’ll give them veggies in January.

However, inspired by this challenge, I decided that I would do my usual Friday clean-the-house routine, at least as far as the kitchen counters go, and also tidy that space above the sink.  The floor will not be getting mopped today, but the sink looks great.

Here are some before pictures:

After taking everything off the sill and cleaning it and the window, I put the money, matches, gum and cleaner back where they belonged.  The oils went back on the counter nearer the stove, where they used to live.  Most of the drugs were from a recent sinus infection that my husband had and were disposed of.  I did keep the one he takes daily out, but I slightly hid it behind some cheery ribbon.  I removed the sticks that rotate the blinds and tucked them in the top pane behind the blinds where they can’t be seen (from the kitchen – they can be from the playroom, but the kids don’t care).  And I secured the strings that raise and lower the blinds mostly out of sight behind the curtains.  Since the window looks out on the playroom/sunroom, the blinds are never adjusted.  And now my Kitchen Madonna does not have a stick dangling in front of her.

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14 thoughts on “Sink Cleanup

  1. It all looks great! What is that cup-thingy to the right of your sink? Functional and decorative?

  2. Your descriptions killed me. I'm so happy that I'm not the only one with a splinter remover on the ledge above the sink. I use a straight pin (you know for those sewing projects that I regularly abandon mid-way) and store it in a Goofy salt and pepper set.

  3. Robin, my husband found that tea cup holder at a tea shop in Kansas. It displays my cups and reminds me to use them, too.

    Karen, the Kitchen Madonna also hides the flashlight. Sometimes the *best* place to put things is over the kitchen sink.

  4. Lovely, Michelle. Wish I could use one of those tea cups. 😉

  5. I love it! I really like that St. Nicholas cookie mold! So cool. That tea cup holder thingy is pretty awesome! I've never seen one like it before.

  6. amazing, beautiful cookie press.

  7. You have inspired me, thanks for sharing both before and after pics!

  8. You sure transformed things! I love the whole sink area! So pretty!

    And that cookie mold is just awesome.

    Thanks so much for joining!

  9. OK, first I meant “functional and decorative!” as in, “so cool!”

    I'm having tea cup holder envy, and yet, I'm no where near Kansas!

  10. Love the teacup holder! The after pic looks so nice.

  11. Lovely transformation! Your kitchen is beautiful.

    Linking up from Like Mother, Like Daughter.

    Have a lovely week, Tamara

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