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Mike installed a lazy susan in my pantry, so I was able to move the rack that we’d been using as our “pantry” up to the third floor to house our college books, and voila!  just like that – I had a free wall! (wow- talk about a run-on sentence with free-spirit punctuations thrown in.  Good thing this isn’t a grammar blog.)

So I had to decide with all the empty space.
I made it into a planning wall.  An organization station, if you will.
Thank you, Target.
This wall houses:
– my recipes for the week
– the monthly calendar
– a place to stash receipts, coupons and circulars.
– my aprons
– coffee inspiration (to accomplish everything on my planning wall.)

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Having all my recipes for the week out and pinned on the boards makes everything so much easier when I go to cook.  No more rummaging in the cabinets or under the coffee table or in the tote bag, or frantically searching the computer for where I saved a recipe.  I love it.

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I am particularly excited about the bags.  Post-It makes these wall envelopes to hold receipts, papers, etc.  But they were $10 for 3 flimsy envelopes!  So I tried to find something else that would serve the same purpose at a better value.  The smaller bags were 49 cents, the bigger one 99 cents.
Much better than 10 bucks.

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And, while I was at Target, I couldn’t resist this decal that I found for another lonely wall in the kitchen.DSC07760
I’m hoping it inspires me to do more baking.

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To Dry or Not to Dry?

That is the question.

Back story: this week we were overrun by ants.
So, not only do I have stink bugs chasing me in my dreams, now I can add ants as well.
And let me tell you, I have not been brainwashed by A Bug’s Life.  I, for one, can separate fiction (a cute movie) from fact (a creeper crawler parade.)  I’m guessing they didn’t bank on that.  It seems they also thought they could get away with hosting their Ant Extravaganza simply because today is Earth Day.
They were gravely mistaken.
I have cleaned my kitchen top to bottom twice in 4 days.  I have drowned the hundreds of ants who thought my Simple Syrup was a swimming pool.  (I knew I shouldn’t have bought that stuff!)  I have stuffed any and all uncontaminated pantry items in plastic bags for 24 hours.  I have sprayed the cracks and crevices that they seem to be emerging from.  I have stomped the living daylights out of them.
And unfortunately I did not do so well with my words as I expressed (read: vented) my dismay.  To the ants.  That’s right.  I now talk to ants.  Because everyone knows THAT works 😉
I love Earth Day.  I support it.  I think it’s a great idea.  But the “earth” must stay in the earth.  It may not come marching through my house like Grant through Richmond. 

Anyways, that’s the background.  The key phrase that explains how I’m getting to what I’m about to say is:
I have cleaned my kitchen top to bottom twice in 4 days.
And that is how I discovered what the left corner of my counter space looks like without a drying rack:

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I have to be honest.  I love it.  I like the extra space that it gives me, and that it looks less cluttered.  I like that I have room for pretty things, like flowers from Husband.  I like that it will force me to dry my pots and pans after washing rather them letting them sit out for days.
However, there is one con: I can’t throw my pots and pans in the drying rack and let them sit out for days. 😉

Thoughts?  Should I take the extra space and force myself to dry?  Or am I being highly impractical?

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