Tuesday, August 2

Cupboards!

In my previous life as a primary school deputy headteacher it was my job to lead a weekly school assembly. On one such occasion I was a tad unprepared and grabbed an assembly story book on my way to the school hall, my class in tow.
As the assembled listened I read a story. It was about a woman in a village complaining to the elder about her house being too small. The elder told her to go home and put all the cows in the kitchen, the sheep in the living room, the pigs in the bathroom and the chickens in the bedroom. The woman returned home and did this, returning to the elder the following day. She was told to let one animal out each day. Over a period of time the woman did just that - as she did so she felt she had a tiny bit more space. As the animals were let out the feeling of getting more space increased until her house was empty and she was left languishing in the space....no longer feeling the house was small.
As I read the story then, and as I recollect it now it made a great deal of sense especially with our current circumstances. Our house looks like a building site and will continue to do so for the next few months, but as we tackle each project we will have our sights set on what it WILL be like in a few months time.
I currently am working in a kitchen which is a nightmare - but it is clean and in a few weeks my cupboards will look like this




and I will have a place for everything!

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35 comments:

  1. Keep that in mind, Denise - it WILL get better:-)

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  2. That's the spirit old gel :-D

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  3. Jabblog

    In every way!

    Kath
    Yes me dear - you should know eh? lol!

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  4. Ah yes, taking assembly. I remember it well! ;)

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  5. ...and everything in its place. Keep your eye on the prize. It will be wonderful.

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  6. After the house almost catching on fire, you can cope with anything!!
    Jane x

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  7. Lovely comparison, Denise. Now tell me, where did you put the animals....

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  8. And hopefully everything will be in its place Denise.

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  9. That's a great story to remember! Thanks. Yes, Captain Cook is your countryman. The native people in Australia and New Zealand think very highly of him. He was respectful to them and his crew behaved much better that Abel Tasman's crew.

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  10. An excellent story, and a good kitchen is essential.

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  11. Cabinets and Cupboards always get filled up within a few years despite making Conscious efforts not to Clutter and Collect unnecessary items :)

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  12. I just cleaned my cupboardas and full already

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  13. How exciting to be getting a NEW kitchen!

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  14. New cupboards sounds wonderful. I really like my kitchen but wish we hadcupboards with roll-out drawers in them. Being vertically challenged, things get lost in the backs.
    Your plans look like "House Beautiful".

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  15. I have one cupboard with rolling drawers behind the doors and I love it. I can always find my pots and pans. Unfortunately, it's just one cupboard. I can never find anything else.
    Our dog is at the veterinary clinic now and the house feels huge without her. We didn't need to bring in cows or sheep, we just had to stop tripping over a Golden Retriever lying crosswise in the kitchen!
    — K

    Kay, Alberta, Canada
    An Unfittie's Guide to Adventurous Travel

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  16. This is getting so exciting ! wonderful cupboards.

    cheers, parsnip

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  17. I am so enjoying your weekly kitchen-progress installments. LOVE those cabinets!

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  18. I love that story and fun seeing your new kitchen in progress. It's exciting wondering what the final shots will be.

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  19. Exactly soon your kitchen won't be a squash and a squeeze!

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  20. And soon they will be full!

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  21. 'course I believe you Malcolm,sorry, Denise!

    Will they stay that way for long?

    I know what you mean about space, I'm always trying to find it for my crafty bits/clutter!

    Sandie xx

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  22. Someone at my school read that story at assembly one time. It certainly does make a good point! I'm sure in no time at all, you'll be fondly looking back at this time of disrepair.

    Leslie
    abcw team

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  23. Your stuff expands to fill any space. I know this from experience.

    ROG, ABC Wednesday team

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  24. I find that keeping the clutter out of my cupboards is a constant challenge!

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  25. I love that story, it's almost like a fable. You deserve a medal, Denise. I so dislike having my house disrupted for changes.

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  26. What a wonderful story! I hate clutter so a lot of things goes hidden inside cupboards, good thing I have a very spacious kitchen cabinet and only buy what I need.

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  27. Lovely story :) I'm waiting for a pic of your chickens in your bedroom? ;)

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  28. Is this a cupboard or a build in fridge?

    Now you have your ideal kitchen, what next?

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  29. hello,

    thanks for the comments you left on my blog...looks like you were having some quiet moments to yourself reading through past posts, and so I'm pleased I provided the place to be

    Hoping that all is well with you and yours
    x

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  30. Well I've taken his advice, but did he say where I should put the goats?

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  31. I couldn't stay away. Finally had some time free up so I'm back and feeling quite at home (even if you're currently feeling a bit displaced).

    I love that story and hope your house becomes more homey as the days pass.

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  32. That's a good story to illustrate that space - and how we feel about it - is a relative thing. I can sure relate to living in a mess... we're right in the midst of a move and drowning in boxes that beg to be emptied. This too shall end!

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  33. I believe that like time, space is what we make of it. That's a very nice cupboard!

    http://jengspeaks.blogspot.com/2011/08/b-for-bagyo-and-c-for-childhood.html

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