The Before & After

I love my husband! There are so many reasons why I think he is so great, but here is one of them:  He goes with the flow as I make a complete mess in the kitchen! He doesn’t gripe at me about it, or banish me from this room I now love so much. 🙂

I don’t mean to make a mess…really I don’t. But it never fails. I will be cutting an avocado and it will fall on the floor. Or I will be pouring some flour and somehow it ends up in plenty of places besides the bowl. And you all know what happens when I use honey! My hubby has been witness to this…I think he just sweetly feels much compassion for me.

All that to say, I have been cleaning….and I mean spring cleaning. I scrubbed, I washed, I mopped, I organized…you name it. In order to fully appreciate that I have spent at least 5 -6 hours cleaning the kitchen, here are a few before pics. I wish I had more!

Avocado on the floor

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Tomatoes and onions on the floor

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Red quinoa on the floor…everywhere

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I think this is tapioca flour….I don’t keep it in that container you see there, so it certainly shouldn’t be on the outside of it! 🙂

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Okay, here are the “after” pics….”after” 5 or 6 hours that is 😉 …

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I am so excited about this! I found a basket in our house and used it to organize all my flours and other ingredients that I use daily!

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What I am most thrilled about is that this is a total surprise to my hubby! He gets home tonight from being out of town and I really wanted to do something to bless him!

Now you know why I have not been on my blog…I have been so busy cleaning. I just texted my mom and told her that I don’t think I have ever worked this hard in such a short period of time! 🙂 Besides the kitchen, I spent hours in my hubby’s home office cleaning, shredding, organizing, and filing. I have thoroughly cleaned every bathroom, even all the rugs. I have swept and mopped 5 different floors, vacuumed the entire house, dusted all the furniture, cleaned the dining room and living room, and even killed spiders….ugh!!

And through it all, I have just felt so happy to do it! (No, I don’t always feel happy about cleaning. 😉 ). It just feels so good to know my hubby will come home to such a clean house! Makes my heart happy!

Now if only I could get better at not making such a mess when I cook…. 😉

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20 thoughts on “The Before & After

  1. What a wonderful hubby you have! Mine is the same, he lets me run the kitchen how I like and then just walks around the mess I make. Love. 🙂 I must commit to a deep Spring cleaning also. You’ve inspired me Lori! Oh, and once, I spilled a cup of quinoa on the stove top, and all those little granules fell into the crevices of the stove and under the lid. That was not a fun night. Happy cooking (now that the cleaning is done!).

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    • Thanks Ngan! Sounds like we both have great hubbies! That’s fun that I inspired you! Boy, my body sure feels sore today after cleaning this whole house so thoroughly…hehehe. Oh, quinoa all over the stove top….I can just picture it! No, not a fun night at all!

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  2. So that’s where you’ve been hiding! Your kitchen looks fantastic! What a wonderful surprise for your hubby. And how funny that you took before and after pictures. I love how much character there is in the “before” shots. They are so very you, Lori!! 😀

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    • Yep! I had a good reason to hide! 😉 Thanks so much Patty! Yes, my hubby is loving it! You are right….the before shots really are so very me…hehehe! By the way, just posted a frittata I made thanks to your inspiration! ❤

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  3. Haha! Just when did you cleaned your kitchen, Lori? I just spent hours and hours of cleaning on Saturday and I was so happy that I did the cleaning for more than 4 hours and did the ironing after that. Well, it’s fun! 🙂

    After seeing these photos, I think we really make a good tandem. 😀

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    • Oh Jessi….that is too funny! I checked the link out and I am glad I am not the only one who needs one of these! Hehehe! My hubby just came up with a recent solution for me which has been working well…but I have this dispenser bookmarked just in case! 😉 Thanks!

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  4. what an amazing welcome back for him and it didnt look that bad your kitchen before, erm it looks like mine LOL….you always cook such amazing dishes Lori too so heck the mess doesnt count, not much xx 🙂

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    • Thanks Justine! Well, it looked MUCH worse than the photos show…I just didn’t take enough pictures! I won’t go into too many details or I might embarrass myself…hehehe.
      Thank you for your sweet words about my food!!

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  5. How ironic…I just spent 4 hours cleaning the oven, the refrigerator and the pantry! Doesn’t it feel fabulous when it’s done? Half of me doesn’t want to cook for a week now, as I don’t want to dirty it up again. 😉 As for cleaning the rest of the house…where might I find all of that energy you mustered up?

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    • Jhuls did too Nancy! It must have been a cleaning type weekend! 🙂 You are so right, it does feel so great when it is all done! My body on the other hand? Really sore! 😉 I don’t normally have that much energy and obviously am not in good enough shape to clean for days on end, as my body is letting me know each moment today. 🙂

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  6. Looks like we have all been doing a little cleaning (or a lot). I just did the same thing! Only I had help…hubs and I cleaned two bathrooms, the living room/dining area and the kitchen Friday and Saturday. It had been building up for a little bit as I haven’t been feeling all that well. I have to do it all when I am feeling good so it doesn’t get awful!! 🙂

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  7. Lol it is almost like my kitchen (though at the moment I am still in the “before” phase” of it lol funny thing is with the amount of stuff I cook and prep I can spend part of an afternoon or evening cleaning it up all nice and within 24 hours it may be back to square one.

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    • LOL….glad I am not the only one! I am totally like a tornado in there! 🙂 But you are right, cooking so much it is hard to keep it clean!

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  8. What a great post! I am also glad to know I’m not the only one to make messes in the kitchen. Your floor sure looks beautiful. I bet your husband was so happy. I agree with you the trick would be to clean as I go, but have never mastered that concept!:) Thanks for sharing!

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