The Kitchn Cure 2014 – Week One

I love a clean, well-organized kitchen as much as the next person, but in practice a Pinterest-ready kitchen is more a pipe dream than a reality in my world. With a hectic, fluid schedule its often all I can do to just get a load of dishes washed (we don’t have a dishwasher) and don’t even ask about those leftovers in the back of my fridge.

Luckily for me, and those like me, its time for The Kitchn’s annual Kitchn Cure. I stumbled across this wonderful four-week program thanks to my friend Olga, and I’m already loving the results after Week One. I tackled one of my biggest problem areas (my fridge), expanded my counter space, and weeded out my insane collection of condiments. Take a look:

Thanks to inspiration from  I've signed up for 's  2014! Today's task was to make a list of things you like and dislike about your kitchen. As I live in a rental there isn't much I can do about the bones, but I'm hoping to take care of some of the items on my dislike list (started) over the next four weeks.
The List. Our first task was to make a list of what we like and dislike about our kitchen. What’s on your list?
The fridge, before. Note the insane amount of condiments on the door.
The fridge, before. Note the insane amount of condiments on the door.
Holy condiments batman! I pulled everything out and took stock. Many didn't make the cut.
Holy condiments batman! I pulled everything out and took stock. Many didn’t make the cut.
Those that survived the purge made it back into the fridge. Look at all that extra room!
Those that survived the purge made it back into the fridge. Look at all that extra room!

You’ll notice one of the items on my list was the lack of prep space – my kitchen is essentially a large square with a lot of unused space in the middle. While prepping meals I often find myself tucked away in a corner, scrunched over a dining room table I’ve repurposed for extra counter space. As part of the Kitchn Cure I was determined to fix this problem, and after a little online shopping my brand new, stainless-steel prep table arrived!

I was quite excited to come home and find this on my doorstep!
I was quite excited to come home and find this on my doorstep!
I've almost doubled my available prep space, plus gained some valuable extra shelf space!
I’ve almost doubled my available prep space, plus gained some valuable extra shelf space!

Check back soon to see how I fared on Week Two of the Kitchn Cure – this week they want me to go through my appliances and bakeware and thin the herd, things could get ugly.

You can sign up for the Kitchen Cure too – Kitchn Cure 2014.

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