The idea had been perking on my brain’s back burner, and boiled over this morning: rearrange the kitchen cabinets.
So, I emptied three upper cabinets to make our galley kitchen easier to navigate when more than one person is working. Less than 20 minutes it took to empty the cabinets, and a good five hours to replace dishes, glasses, and other stuff.
What part of any of this was a good idea?
Now, to be honest, lunch intervened, and then a rest, followed by a grocery store run. But it was still a slow go reassembling the interior of three cabinets. The good news: I also did a little purging!
Some days, like today, I feel like a glorified old tumblebug.
Then I remember what some alternatives might be, ruling out the one where I am the lady of the manor, being waited upon by Mr. Carson and Mrs. Hughes.
Hey – hooray for me clambering up and down a step stool – in a house with heat and light, and no tree dividing the house in half – as some Marylanders endured recently!
Hooray for the hope that organizing, dusting, and recycling serve a purpose in God’s economy . . . Many women have lost their jobs because of wars and weather.
But, I must interject:
John Piper said, No man on his death bed ever looked up into the eyes of his family and friends and said, “I wish I’d spent more time at the office.” So, too, no sane woman will ever say on her deathbed, I wish I’d spent more time organizing my kitchen cabinets!
However, I am glad for exercise and somewhat better order.
There are no menial jobs, only menial attitudes. ~ William Bennett
Lord, whatever I do “in the Lord is not vain.” (1 Corinthians 15:58)
Some evicted items from my purge are camping out this evening on the counter until I locate their new residences – so I have a purpose! Agatha Christie said, the best time for planning a book is while you’re doing the dishes. Who knows what I can plan, while I rearrange the remainders, God willing, huh?
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March is the month that never ends. Purging and arranging always give me a feeling of newness in that space, so I think it was a day well spent. In addition to all that, you wrote a blog entry. Well done!
The good thing about my housekeeping is by the time I get something finished, it’s time to start again . . . writing sometimes is the escape in between to remind me of takeaways.
Great piece! I concur.