So, I said I was going to do it... more as a promise to myself than anything else, and because both wouldyoeva and my therapist made a point of directing me to FlyLady as a good place to start for help on tackling the clutter issues. Since I had decided to focus on the contents and organization of the kitchen this weekend anyway, and since the first step along the FlyLady path is shining the sink, it seemed like setting Saturday as a starting point was a good idea.
I did not take "before" pictures - some dirty laundry is not to be aired. However, I did take "after" pictures, and it does indeed shine. The finish is nicked and scratched after almost 15 years of use and abuse, but there is still some shine left in it.
The OLYMPUS site is slower'n molasses in January, so I will have to post the pictures separately. Major thanks to pafischer and his lovely wife for the recommendation on the camera (website speed notwithstanding) - I am VERY happy with my Stylus 820.
In addition to shining the sink, I got dishes washed. There are still some in the queue that require handwashing, but dammit they can wait until tomorrow. Amidst this I emptied all three of the "junk drawers" in the kitchen, filling half a green trashbag with debris, and starting a box for Goodwill. The assault on the cabinet above the microwave was started, and what few items are left on top of the microwave will find a new home in the AM.
In the morning I shall spend some time tending to my office so that I have a place to meditate, review some stuff from kcs_slayve and then the next stage of the assault on the kitchen will begin. The island in the center of the kitchen is covered by items from the junk drawers awaiting new homes, the emptied drawers await a good cleaning, the dining room table must be cleared, the cabinets will be emptied and the contents thinned with the excess going into the Goodwill box. Then there shall be a field trip to The Container Store and perhaps other places for things to help organize the kitchen.