All because of a bowl.
I reached into the cupboard to pull out a bowl for cereal in the morning. That’s when I noticed that when the kids unloaded the dishwasher, they put the bowls that we use most often on the bottom of the stack. So of course I had to fix it. After all, those are the bowls that we would need later for lunch. I pulled out the stack and got the bowls rearranged. I started to re-stack them in the cupboard when they slipped and the bottom bowl dropped on the floor. I watched, as if in slow motion, as it fell and shattered into a million pieces.
I walk around in bare feet a lot, so missing a sliver of glass when cleaning up is not an option. So I swept the floor first, vacuumed once, then I vacuumed again. Then I got mad. I got mad that my kitchen is too small for all my stuff. I got mad that I have too much stuff. I got mad that my cupboards were so overloaded that the simple task of rearranging bowls was going to make my peaceful day not so peaceful anymore. Then I got busy.
I began by emptying out the cupboard that had started to resemble my junk drawer. It seemed that when the junk drawer got full, the cabinet above the junk drawer became a suitable alternative. It’s shocking that I had so much crap in that cupboard.
Once the cupboard was emptied, I proceeded to go through all the junk. I think I tossed about 80% of it. Glue sticks with no more glue, expired medications, old Mother’s Day cards (If you tell anyone, I’ll deny it.), papers, 2 out of 4 bottles of OFF, pens without ink, and batteries that may or may not be used. The list went on and on and the garbage bag got bigger and bigger. Then the cupboard got a nice scrubbing and was painstakingly re-organized.
Next, it was on to the cupboard that apparently housed nothing but plastic bags. I remember at one time that there was other stuff in there, but I can’t remember what. I emptied the cupboard, washed it down and it now houses all of my re-usable storage containers. But of course, before I could put those containers away, I had to go through them all and toss the ones that didn’t have lids, and toss the lids that didn’t have containers.
Then there was all the sorting of my dishes and small appliances. Re-arrangement of the other cupboards and the pantry before I could tackle making lunch. A delicious smoked paprika, bacon and roasted cauliflower soup. Which incidentally, we didn’t get to sit down and eat until almost 2:30 p.m.
And it was all because of a bowl.
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