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What Happens When Mom Tries to Get Organized and Upload a Video About It

October 8th, 2012 · 11 Comments · My Story

Remember that video that I posted earlier today that is making everyone feel better about their kitchen counter clutter?

(And some questions and new perspectives that will, I hope, inspire folks to re-organize along with me, too, of course!!!)

When I left the kitchen at the end of the video, my darling, adorable, cute little one-year-old was just starting to get into the cupboards.

He was taking out approved items – I let him get the cinnamon in a plastic container and a little jar of carob sauce from JoshEWEa’s Garden because it’s so little and I don’t think he can break it.

He’s carried these things around the house many, many times.

Let’s just say I’m glad he stayed in the kitchen he decided to work on fine motor skills such as twisting:

John wreaks havoc with chocolate (2) (500x375)

Katie enters kitchen and sucks in breath loudly, shocked.

Katie runs to get camera. This must be documented.

John wreaks havoc with chocolate (3) (500x375)

Hey, Mom, just me and the jars. Same old, same old. No problem here.

John wreaks havoc with chocolate (4) (500x375)

See this lid though? This is new. This is pretty cool how it works.

John wreaks havoc with chocolate (5) (500x375)

Ta da! You should try this, Mom, it’s really fun. Fun game.

John wreaks havoc with chocolate (6) (500x375)

See how much fun? And now we get to squirt and wipe, which is almost up there with this game as far as fun factor…

John wreaks havoc with chocolate (1) (500x375)

Yeah, when is Nora getting here?

[Nora is Andrea’s 10mo, as in Andrea, the professional organizer who was visiting at 10:00.]

Is it 10:00 right now?


My timing is awesome; now I can share this fun stuff with Nora!

Like I said – just glad he stuck to the hardwood floor.

Andrea and I had a lovely time during which she (verbally) tore my kitchen from top to bottom and pointed out all my misused, underused, and unorganized space.

It was actually pretty fun since I’m used to being humble, flawed, and self-deprecating.

I’m totally inspired to change around about 50% of my kitchen, and I’ll share the transformation in vlogs, blog posts, and photos on Facebook over the next two weeks.

Let’s do it, Kitchen Stewards! Get Organizing in October!

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11 Comments so far ↓

  • Christine H. Farlow, D.C.

    At least he was still on the kitchen floor. When my daughter was about a year and a half, one morning I found her standing on the kitchen counter with a cupboard door open and holding a broken goblet from the top shelf – I don’t know how she ever reached it. After that we put childproof locks on everything that opened in the kitchen except for a couple drawers that I let her play in.

  • Jendeis

    You really do have the cutest children ever. :)

  • Austin

    Oh! Your son is adorable! That’s quite the feat he accomplished!

  • Karen

    Our son discovered that the drawers in the bottom cabinet could be opened to form stairs leading directly to the countertop beside the stove. Then we discovered that section of cabinets had never actually been attached to the wall. Yikes!

    Katie Kimball @ Kitchen Stewardship Reply:

    Wow! My eyebrows hit the ceiling -you have a young engineer/architect on your hands, perhaps! LOL – Katie

  • Anastasia @ eco-babyz

    He is such a cutie! My son will be 1 soon, he’s about the same size, I bet they would have fun together ;)

    Katie Kimball @ Kitchen Stewardship Reply:

    I’ll bring him to your house and they can wreak havoc together – lock up the glass jars! ;) Katie

  • Renee Harris

    I need Andrea here – does she make house calls to California?

  • Andrea @ Simple Organized Living

    oh come on — I wasn’t too mean, was I?

  • Sue Foster

    Dear Katie
    I have only just discovered your site and could sit and read the entire thing, everyday it’s so fascinating and fun!! Thanks for your boundless energy and honesty!! You must have a clock with more hours on it than mine. I’m 65 years old with no toddler and my kitchen looks like yours! God help us (perhaps via Andrea’s advice). Keep up the great work. God bless you and your family. Cheers, Sue

    Katie Kimball @ Kitchen Stewardship Reply:

    Hey Sue,
    Welcome aboard! Thanks for the sweet words…I really want a clock like that. ;) Katie

Welcome!  Meet Katie.

I embrace butter. I make homemade yogurt. I eat traditional real food – plants and animals that God created, not products of plants where food scientists work. Here at Kitchen Stewardship, I share how I strive to be a good steward of my family's nutrition, the environment, and our budget, all without spending every second in the kitchen. Learn more about the mission of KS here.

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