Project Kitchen Gorgeous – Packing Up

Project Kitchen Gorgeous – Packing Up

I hate to tell you in advance, but this post is not going to be gorgeous.
I know lots of people applaud *keeping it real,* but personally, I like B&B to be an escape from that but… I’m breaking from my own mandate today and giving it to you like it is….you might want to cover your eyes.
Oh and PS, our 3 month old computer that just came back from it’s third trip to the geeks, is still Fd up… 
 all of the punctuation marks have gone nutzoid so I can’t make apostrophes or question marks- and the internet keeps disconnecting….so fabulous…not!
Anyhow…if my post seems overly formal (autocorrect can fix some of them but not all) in the language department, that’s why:( 
So…the kitchen.
It’s is the time in that story for the ugly truth.
We’ve made all the pretty plans but the reality of a total overhaul is starting to sink in.
The start date has actually moved (insert sad face) a little and now we’re due to start on the 27th.
In the meantime, we have a lot of organizing and packing to do.
As you know…the kitchen at present looks like this…
I know what you’re going to say.. it’s not SO bad but truthfully, the problems lie behind those semi-pretty doors.
There is very little actual organization and we are in desperate need of better storage…we have no garbage or recycling station at all, which means bags are simply hung on the doors and because of my sweet pooch Lola… trust me when I say…this is REALLY NOT A GOOD SYSTEM.
So…the truth of the matter is these hideous befores…
See that Tupperware drawer…nightmare and then there’s the side cabinet that acts as our appliance graveyard..again, total shit show. 
Oh and I think I left out our knife drawer- it’s above the plastic’s drawer…one huge dump zone filled with way too many sharp things- so so not cool.
Anyhoo… let’s just say the situation right now is not idea so I was kind of actually excited to start clearning it all out in the sweet dreams that there are MUCH better days ahead.
So, I spent three hours this weekend beginning the process and managed to clear out a grande total of three drawers.
 And PS on that one, while clearing these little spots out, I came across at least 7 full sets of utensils- please if you hear me lusting after some other flatware on Ebay or the like, make me stop!
At the end of my first fore into the whole thing, I had two buckets filled and a pile of crap all over the rest of the kitchen.
I guess that’s part of the process…cleaning makes more mess.
Our plan is to continue doing a couple of drawers each weekend, working our way through the less used stuff to our more critical.
Hopefully we’ll have one bucket of forks, plates and the like that will stay in use and the rest is going to be piled in the basement (after we purge a bunch of crap that we never use anyways.)
Our fridge is going to the living room so we’ll be able have that, and hopefully a make-shift sink will keep us at least partially sane.
Oh and speaking of the fridge, I have to show you this…I also spent a few hours yesterday at the grocery store.
I tweeted about what happened last night and I have to offer photos of my fridge and pantry as proof.
For those of you who didn’t see my tweets, I came home from the store $668 poorer that when I left my home- yes my effing bill was $668…I almost had a stroke on the spot.
People have been commenting and asking that I must have bought a party worth of stuff- well my friends, here is the cold hard truth on that one.
I shopped at Loblaws, which for my international friends who might not know the store, means I knew more would be spent- they have clothes and home goods there so ya…bill was definitely going to be higher.
On average, our family bill is $300 a week.
During this shop, I bought one bag of kiddie clothes- the total on that was $125.
I also bought a bath mat and garbage bin for my daughter’s bathroom- total there- $45.
I also bought a swiffer duster and some brass cleaning stuff- oh and some gummy vitamins for the kids…$60.
The rest was simply food- see.
 So boys and girls… that’s approx. $500 worth of food that will be gone in 1 week- total and utter suckage.
And that my friends is where we are as of today.
I think because we have a couple of weeks to go now before the actual demo begins, we’ll take a little break from PKG- perhaps *The Wink of Pink* will take it’s place for a few weeks.
I am beyond excited to get started and even though this packing will take…I don’t know…100 hours, I know it is going to be soooooo worth it!!!
And because I know you’re sad about the break, I’ll make it up to you with more pictures of Project Zhush- that’s coming up tomorrow!


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  • My Interior Life
    Posted at 09:53h, 06 June Reply

    I’m exhausted for you. It’s never easy cleaning out/organizing, but at least you’ve got your eye on the prize. Absolutely cannot wait to see the end result. And I definitely can’t wait to see more of Project Zhush (so jealous that you’re doing that, by the way – so fun)!

  • Marianne {Style For Living}
    Posted at 10:24h, 06 June Reply

    I remember when my kitchen went through a reno 4 years ago. You’re bringing back many memories for me. Get ready for lots of take-out! I had to do dishes in a bathroom sink and it is not ideal. I started using paper plates and plastic ware to avoid it! It’s all worth it though! xo

  • Brandi
    Posted at 10:34h, 06 June Reply

    Wow what a bill! That’s one reason I don’t grocery shop at Target because that would happen to me! Luckily we have Aldi and they have ridiculously cheap groceries! I look forward to seeing wink of pink again. Hang in there!

  • Erica
    Posted at 10:36h, 06 June Reply

    Oh my goodness… the work! I’m still finding things that were stashed in my lower level from my kitchen reno. It’s like hitting the mini kitchen lotto with stuff you forgot was missing.
    I can’t even express how excited I am to see the finished space. Happy Monday. πŸ™‚ xo

  • Connie @ SogniESorrisi
    Posted at 10:36h, 06 June Reply

    I can totally relate…we are in the midst of packing and renos. NOT FUN, especially when it’s a gorgeous day outside. But ultimately it’ll all be worth it.

  • The enchanted home
    Posted at 10:42h, 06 June Reply

    Another higly amusing and entertaining post. Trust me, all your trials and tribulations will soooo be worth it. Packing is a pain in the a _ _ but its all part of the “journey” to get where you need and want to be! You will be so thrilled when its all over! Cannot to wait to see the progress as things move in the right direction! Exciting:)

  • Designwali
    Posted at 10:51h, 06 June Reply

    this is the hard part but you can do it. I totally here you on the grocery store front…

  • Marie
    Posted at 10:59h, 06 June Reply

    You can do it! It looks like you’re starting in a pretty good place – it’s totally not as bad as it could be! You’ve got a beautiful space, all it needs is some good old TLC πŸ™‚

    So What If I Like Pretty Things

  • Julip Made
    Posted at 11:52h, 06 June Reply

    It is always astounding how much crap we accumulate. Even my 1 bedroom apartment that the Boy and I had only lived in for 1 year took FOREVER to pack/ clean out. Good luck with the rest of the cleaning and it will definitely all be worth it when you start to see the pretties you’ve picked go into place!

  • Naomi@DesignManifest
    Posted at 12:38h, 06 June Reply

    One of the best things about a new kitchen is that you are Forced to get organized!! Best of luck, and I hope everything stays on schedule from here on out. xx

  • Amanda Hill
    Posted at 12:56h, 06 June Reply

    Great tip on doing one drawer at a time! So many people just get overwhelmed and don’t start because it’s too scary πŸ™‚

    Posted at 12:56h, 06 June Reply

    OMG you’re making me laugh. Yesterday I spent $425 at Target and almost had a stroke on the spot! We rented this beach house and we had to buy everything for it. Linens, swifer, other cleaning things, bathroom accessories, kitchen things, you name it. And we’re not even done yet. I’m mortified!

    You’re gonna be oh so happy once your project is complete. I have to say I’d die for a kitchen like yours now nevermind once it’s done πŸ™‚

    Oh and your 3 month computer has been serviced 3 times??? wtf? That’s a crime!


  • Aubrey {All Things Bright and Beautiful}
    Posted at 14:21h, 06 June Reply

    I’m still in shock over your grocery bill…holy Sh*t…I think I would’ve had a coronary right then and there! But I’m way impressed with the kitchen purging…it is a *LOT* of work, but it is going to be worth it, right??? We are down to almost “go time”! Now *that* is exciting…

  • Cassie {Hi Sugarplum!}
    Posted at 14:34h, 06 June Reply

    You’re hilarious…if you ‘must’ post ‘unattractive’ pics, you put them in black and white, so at least they look arty! I know it’s a pain, but think about starting from scratch and putting things exactly where you want them…and having a spot for them all!!!! awesome…can’t wait to see it all unfold

  • A Flair for Vintage Decor
    Posted at 14:38h, 06 June Reply

    It is a journey…but will have a great ending!! Can’t wait to see and I know all the work will be worth it! Take care, Caroline

  • A Delightful Design
    Posted at 15:15h, 06 June Reply

    Ugh-I feel your purging/messy/packing pain. It can feel so overwhelming. All the crazy will be worth it in the end. Keep your chin up! Can’t wait to read more about Project Zhush!

  • Danielle
    Posted at 15:18h, 06 June Reply

    I’m still not over the grocery bill. I just don’t get it. People are usually shocked by what I spend!

    Can’t wait for our blog swap on Wed! xo

    breakfast at toast.

  • Lori
    Posted at 16:02h, 06 June Reply

    Oh my gosh, I do not envy you, Christine. We remodeled our kitchen 3 years ago and it was so hard, but so worth it!

    Good luck to you!


  • la la Lovely
    Posted at 16:32h, 06 June Reply

    Oh yes..all that packing up and losing the food..major suckage (love that word) but maybe this means less cooking, yes? So excited for your reno!!!!!
    xoxo Trina

  • Tara @ Haute Lunch
    Posted at 16:44h, 06 June Reply

    We definitely need more storage/better organization as well, but we rent, so I can’t really do too much about that for now. Also, that is definitely one large grocery bill! We are lucky that we have a store that has fabulous items for a very low price, so we can both eat for about $75-$100/week. Not bad!

  • Kori Donahue
    Posted at 18:06h, 06 June Reply

    So much work! Hope you’re having a great Monday. I have some exciting news on my blog! Hope you can check it out. Have a great night honey! Kori xoxo

  • Emma at The Marion House Book
    Posted at 19:31h, 06 June Reply

    Obviously, the beginning of something fabulous!

  • Anna of IHOD
    Posted at 20:03h, 06 June Reply

    Wow, that is QUITE a project!!! Wishing you all the best with it! I can’t wait to see the results with that amazing space!

  • Chassity (Look Linger Love)
    Posted at 20:36h, 06 June Reply

    Oh now I don’t think it’s so bad! My kitchen, butlers pantry, and mudroom are all sorts of poorly organized. Such is life I suppose.

  • Verdigris Vie
    Posted at 21:01h, 06 June Reply

    Too funny! I love that you convert to B&W, for maximum effect. I know how it is though, the nicest kitchen in the world doesn’t mean anything if isn’t functional. but the good news, it’s getting closer…

    PS.. Superstore is dangerous..:-(

  • Megan {Honey We're Home}
    Posted at 22:58h, 06 June Reply

    I don’t think your “before” kitchen looks that bad at all:) The black and white photos actually look cool! I’m trying to watch our grocery bill too- it adds up so fast!

  • Jess @ polka dots, Paris and paint
    Posted at 00:35h, 07 June Reply

    Renovations are always painful during but SO worth it after! Keep on keeping on-you are making great progress.

  • Marcus Design
    Posted at 02:03h, 07 June Reply

    Oh Christine, I know this is going to be a lot of work but just think of how its all going to be totally worth it!!! I am going to miss the PKG posts in the mean time, but boy, seeing that finished kitchen is going to be AMAZING.
    Nancy xo

  • Christel @ Captivated by image
    Posted at 02:44h, 07 June Reply

    What an amount of work…! I wish you good luck, you’ve thought of a good system to clear every weekend en you have something grand to look forward too, so it all must be ok:)

  • Debby
    Posted at 06:10h, 07 June Reply

    This post makes me want to organize my kitchen cabinets. It will be so hard to go through the process but I just know it will be gorgeous and you will love it!! xo

  • Brittany {Gallery No. Eight}
    Posted at 09:25h, 07 June Reply

    Oh Christine, that does not look very fun. But it will be STUNNING in the end. Hoping everything goes smoothly!

  • Rambling Renovators
    Posted at 10:09h, 07 June Reply

    Um, your before cabinets look like my afters πŸ˜‰ I don’t envy all the packing you’ll have to do. And yes, Loblaws is a big budget suck. I usually end up with more clothing than food.

    Posted at 07:15h, 08 June Reply

    Yes…it is a sucky job to clean out a kitchen…I just did it to have my cabinets painted, and have a whole cabinet with nothing in it right now. Nothing! I took about a bajillion vases to the goodwill. I mean how many clear ugly vases does a woman need?????? So you will be so happy when you are putting everything back into your beautiful renovated kitchen!

  • Janell @ Isabella and Max
    Posted at 10:27h, 08 June Reply

    WOW!! This reminds me when we had our cabinetry painted…but fortunately we hadn’t been in the house long enough to accumulate a big amount of stuff behind all the doors and drawers. Hang in there and think of the end result, 50 times a day!! Janell

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