Having a 30-inch by 30-inch working kitchen space has been working great and I am not being sarcastic at all. Since the exterminator did the treatment to get rid of and prevent roaches, we are not allowed to place anything on the counters and inside the cabinets for three weeks which by then, he returns for a second treatment. We also had to throw away our small appliances such as our rice cooker, air fryer, and microwave. I thought I was going to end up dreading it because I like to think of my kitchen as my playground or my lab but I actually have been enjoying the smaller space. It’s easier to keep the kitchen clean — I’ve even been cleaning the range tops right after dinner. I even want to keep the kitchen counters uncluttered all the time — that even means no more leaving leftovers on the counter. I think the clutter is why there were days I felt so overwhelmed at the kitchen.
That being said, even after the second treatment, I am in no hurry to move the kitchen stuff out of boxes and back into the cabinets. I already decided to remove the top row of the cabinet shelves. Tall cabinets may feel grand and store a lot of stuff, but I find them to be so impractical. In theory, top shelves are great for surplus items, but how often do we really use the top shelf? This surplus (i.e. toilet paper, tea, etc.) ends up collecting dust. When I was reaching to empty and clean those cabinets my step ladder was not tall enough. I had to stand on the counter which was a little scary. I was not afraid of the height, I more afraid of slipping on the counter.
In other news, I had had another interview. Same employer, different office. Had to turn it down because again, that office is too far.
What invigorated me this week?
- My incredibly clean kitchen. I wonder how long can I keep it this pristine?
- A trip to the mall. I enjoy walking around places, window shopping.
- Waking up before the sun rises…assuming I have enough sleep.
- Maintenance Phase podcast. This week’s episode on “Illness Influencer” Belle Gibson was so bizarre. I never heard of “Illness Influencer”, I thought it meant someone who is influencing you to get ill. It was not at all what I expected.