Musings of a Chicago-Born New Yorker

Project UnPack: A Kitchen I Want To Both Cook And Eat In


I have this project I’m working on. It’s called Project UnPack. The goal is to unpack (finally!) the apartment the fiancé and I moved into in June. Our lease is up July 1st of next year. I’ve got to say, at the rate we’re going, we’ll be unpacked and organized just in time to pack up again and move. Le sigh.

So far, the unpacking has been slow-moving, but effective. It started with outing myself for how terrible things really looked. Then, The fiancé and I hit a hiccup. Most recently, we began to welcome people to our apartment like normal folk.

In the time that has passed, we’ve been super busy. We’re always busy, which is why our apartment looks like crap. But in an effort to at least make the space that most of our guests spend most of their time look better, I got inspired one afternoon. I love cooking and I love our kitchen, but it really needed some polish and organization. So I got to work, and I’m pretty satisfied with the finished result.

I'm not taking those orange beads off the door. They're from my birthday party. But everything else is all kitchen purpose-y and well-organized.

That’s just the first half of the kitchen.

Organizing the counter so it only had neat and essential items was a big step. I even fixed the clock for Daylight Savings Time. You can see remnants of other birthday decorations, which I'm not taking down until we move.

We don’t have any real storage space, but I at least wanted to make the area we have neat.

We don't have a lot of storage space, but this is about as good as it's going to get for out cat stuff, vases, step stool,garbage can, and recycling. In our next place, there will be real storage in the kitchen area!

But you really have to see the view from over in the living room area.

We have a bar instead of a table, and that worked just fine for me. I'm pleased with our whole kitchen, even if the pendant lights are surrounded by crepe paper I'm never taking down.

I’d say it was a pretty successful afternoon. If you look again at that last picture, there is a cookie jar there that was a housewarming gift from one of the fiancé’s exes (don’t ask). I’m not a fan of her, but I love that cookie. That afternoon, I also baked fresh cookies to put in the jar. They were peanut butter chip and chocolate chip cookies. Soooo good.

One of these days, I’m going to stop talking about all the great things I have cooked/baked. Or at least put up an accompanying recipe.

Next up on the Project UnPack list: the bathroom! It’s definitely clean and useable, it’s just not organized or unpacked.

2 responses

  1. It’s coming along. If I’ve learned anything, unpacking takes time. At least the next you move it may be into a house. 🙂

    December 9, 2011 at 11:13

    • That would be awesome. But I don’t think we’re getting a house any time soon. Not with all the moving we want to do over the next few years.

      December 9, 2011 at 19:47