Monday, September 08, 2008

Reclaiming the Kitchen

Some people straighten. Some clean. Some de-clutter. Me? I have to reclaim, just like companies reclaim the land after mining. I hope I do a better job than some...but I digress.

Here it is, in full color: the reclaiming of the kitchen table. The "before" picture is first.

The contents of the table reflects the way the day (and week) were going. Whether you can see them or not, these items are all present on the Incredible Bulk of Table Trash.

gift wrapping ribbons
gift wrap tags
small scraps of gift wrap
a wedding gift wrapped in plain off-white paper
large pieces of plain, off-white paper
wrapping tissue in a handful of different colors
1 sweatshirt (La Petite's)
1 bag of audio books (Amigo's)
1 cable box, no longer in use
1 cable remote control unit, no longer in use
1 pair khaki pants, tried on but not yet worn (Amigo's)
1 bag from Steve and Barry's

Here's the story. We were headed to my cousin's wedding. I bought the gift the night before the wedding and then made a trip to Steve and Barry's because Amigo had, I'm not kidding, nothing to wear. I thought a pair of nice khakis, a white shirt, and a tie would do the trick. While I was at Steve and Barry's I made the trip worthwhile by picking up a baby gift for another cousin. On my way to the checkout I bought a batch of small items to go in my gift stash.

That accounts for most of the items on the table.

A few days later, it looked like this.

The khakis are still there because Amigo wore the other pair (not visible in the first picture, but still part of the chaos). I hadn't decided whether to keep or return these (How much would the gas cost to get me across town to the store? More than the $8.98 pants?). Gifts are wrapped, given to one and mailed to the other, S&B bag is hidden in the attic, and wrapping trappings are in their places on their basement shelves. However... the table still plays home to a three ring binder (Amigo's), shirt (La Petite's), broken radio (worthy of a post in itself), and still, the cable box and remote control.

Eventually we finished the reclamation effort and set the table. Yes, set the table, as in having an actual sit-down family meal again! Husband was cooking on the grill, we had corn from the farm market, and we were ready to put the table to its intended use again. Oh, I forgot one detail.

The reclaiming of the table called for a celebration. Wine with the meal was most definitely on the menu.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

That's a major reclamation project! One quarter of our table looks permanently cluttered. Such a constant battle.

9/08/2008 10:01 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think we have a table in our kitchen...somewhere...

9/08/2008 10:09 AM  
Blogger Judy Merrill Larsen said...

Oh, yes, Daisy, a table without wine just isn't complete. Nice work!

9/08/2008 10:36 AM  
Blogger Margaret Cloud said...

Believe it or not my kitchen table is on the sun porch somewhere, everybody eats all over the house, that food looke inviting.

9/08/2008 6:18 PM  
Blogger Lynn - the piggy bank painter said...

I want to come eat at your house.

9/08/2008 6:30 PM  
Blogger Jill said...

Don't you hate it when you have to lay claim to so much of a mess like that?! :-)

Good job getting your table back!

9/08/2008 7:59 PM  
Blogger Flea said...

Wonderful! Now, will come reclaim my table? And coffee table? And dresser? And ...

9/08/2008 9:33 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I don't do maintenance - I do reclamations too. And I'm a Professional Organizer! But I can't help it. I love the makeover magic before and after feeling.

Day to day maintenance might take less effort and be easier in the long run, but it's boring. ;)

9/09/2008 1:17 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oh my gosh, we have the same plate - they were a wedding present - although, after 18 years, there's a couple missing.

9/10/2008 12:31 PM  

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