Sunday, January 25, 2009

Day Five: Still life of piles of shit.



My house, which is sort of always a disaster, is much more of one these days. The refrigerator is in the middle of the dining room. The dining table is shoved into a corner of the same room with piles of things we need handy (paper plates, silverware, 2 coffee mugs, napkins, etc.).

I spent time yesterday trying to re-arrange the piles and make the whole dining room/temporary kitchen more usable, but that was a wasted effort. It's all such a mess. There is only one nice thing to look at: a bowl of fruit. Of course the piles of everything else surrounding it just make the whole scheme a still life of piles of shit.

The guts of our lives - everything in the cabinets - is simply not a pretty thing, is it? It's a wonder how people live with open shelving and glass-door refrigerators. I would be forever tidying up if I had them.

Thank god I don't. And won't.

22 comments:

Susan said...

We have open shelves in our farmhouse---but it is a weekend house---and easier to manage than a full time house.

I think really disciplined people CAN live with open shelves and a glass door fridge. I can't claim to be one of those---but like the look.

I'm excited to see how your kitchen turns out.

Your blog is lots of fun. Thank you for writing it.

Susan said...

Oh, I forgot to mention one thing. Our farmhouse kitchen with its open shelves was on the cover of the March issue of New Old House. Of course there is a lot of staging done for any photo shoot.

severedgrrl said...

Nothing like a move or a remodel to remind us how much CRAP we have. As I unpack, the clutter grows...and I have no idea why a) I have half of this stuff and b) where I'm going to put it all (trash bin is first thing that come to mind). I'd post a real life pic, but I'm too ashamed.

I'm thinking garage sale time.

Ivy Lane said...

Hang in there, it will all be worth it when the kitchen is done!

:)

Lisa Borgnes Giramonti said...

Oh, Decorno, hang in there! We just went through the same thing last year -- redid our kitchen and all bathrooms -- and you are way more organized than I was with your stacking everything neatly into piles. (I covered it all with a big dropcloth and tried to pretend it wasn't there.) Although I can't lighten your pain now, I can tell you that as much as I hated all those people who told me that when it was over I would forget how annoying it all was ("Forget? I'll never forget!!), now that it's all done, we kind of have.

Decorno said...

Dropcloths? That is genius. I wish I had thought of that. I am going to try it now.

Anonymous said...

Hi decorno Where did you oredr your cabinets from I am starting my kitchen plans in about two weeks so I am watching and learning from you

JJ said...

eee! I want to come over and see the mayhem and carnage!

abchao said...

I can't have open shelves or cabinets either, due to my clutter-hiding problem, but damn I want that refrigerator. If I could have it I would promise to be good and tidy always, and stock only matching bottles of sparkling water.

A-M said...

Can sympathize. My current lounge room is just a big storage room for our up and coming move (if we ever finish the house build)... furniture, sinks, taps, door handles... not pretty. I've given up trying to rearrange piles. I don't even vacuum under the waiting furniture. I have become the worst housewife. I take comfort in the fact that it won't always be like this. Hang in there. A-M xx

akimbo said...

I have had to move all items out of the two bathrooms we are remodeling and they are all piled in my office--everything from the contents of the medicine cabinet to the chrome towel rack. I have a little plastic caddy like you would use in a college dorm and I carry my toiletries with me into the half demo-ed bathroom every day to get ready. Oh, and there is dust everywhere because they sanded the mudded walls the other day. Fine, chalkdust like dust. And the patio is covered with my contractor's tools.

Cover up everything you can in the vicinity with sheets or tarps--you will be happy you did.

I do love that fridge, though.

hunkate said...

Jesus!! Glass-door refrigerator? I can't even imagine! I'd have to transfer every bought item into chic glass containers and bottles! Ugh!

David said...

I could totally handle the glass door fridge, it's the mountain of crap that gets dumped on our island that makes me crazy. Somebody solve that one for me.

Jill said...

In the photo...I love that the wine fridge is larger than the food fridge. My kind of kitchen! And regarding your remodel. I know it totally sucks right now. But you'll be so pleased with the finished result. You'll have that longer than the frustration now.

Decorno said...

David - I wish you lived in Seattle. I would con you into coming over every night with some kind of re-heatable pasta dish and then I could bitch about the remodel and you would manage to calm me down.

JJ - you are welcome any time. You *do* need to come see the carnage. You of all people will be proud (and surprised, maybe?) that I am actually starting to work on this place and put money into it.

Incidentally we went to Tom & Deb's tonight for a hot meal. While we usually just invite ourselves over to take advantage of Tom's awesome cooking, we are emboldened to do so now that we are armed with our "no kitchen" excuse. Be glad it's not you.

red.door.read said...

i display nothing in my kitchen for this very reason...i like to hide my junk.

i have one open shelf which i put the sexy, pretty things on. i make sure these are things that are used quite often so they don't have dust all over 'em.

stick it out decorno, the pain of renovating is worth it!

Kwana said...

Hang in there Decorno. It will all be worth it. Even with the pain I'm still jealous of your remodel as I know it will be beautiful. That said, open shelves and a glass fridge would be the nail in the coffin of my marriage, I'm such a crappy mess. There are piles around today without a hint of a renovation.

Lesley said...

I have open shelving in my kitchen... which is weird for me, b/c I have the same thing with AHHH EVERYTHING IS EVERYWHERE AND MESSY AND AHHH. however... it stops me from buying my 18th jar of honey/peanut butter/ghee b/c I CAN SEE that I already have 17 jars. If it's not in front of my face, I forget about it. Ergo the 17 extant jars of whatever...

Hang in there. Tarps are your friend, for sure.

Rachel said...

I like the look of the glass front refrigerator, but I'm afraid if I had one, I'd get immensely fat because every time I walked by it (or glanced into the kitchen) I'd see food!!
And I was considering some open shelving for our kitchen. In fact, my mom was over on Friday and I said "Hey, I was thinking of taking the doors off this cabinet. The dishes are all off white and stacked nicely..." She just gave me a "look" that said it didn't look as good as I thought. Oh well! I guess you're right!

Hope your Monday's going well!

Jennifer said...

hm. my dining room table is piled high with crap right now, and we're definitely NOT in the middle of a kitchen remodel ...

Little Lantern said...

Buy yourself some flowers and put them smack in the middle of the mess. That always makes me feel better.

Perhaps the recent mishap adventures with our renovations will make you feel better about your own. Take a gander at our two indoor geysers...

Hallie and Joe said...

This confirms my fear that open shelving might not be such a hot choice for me.
I'm a pig.