Now that there isn’t quite so much yard/garden/orchard/chicken things to take care of, I’m turning my time and attention to the house and making it more functional.
Last night and today was re-organizing the pantry (oooh, exciting, I know…)
This hundred year old house has a combination pantry/cold room in the back (the cool side of the house) the original structure where blocks of ice were put in to keep food cold is still there.
It has a counter, drawers, cabinets where cold/iced food was stored and a wall of shelves.
This is what it looked like the day I made the offer.
Unfortunately, it became a bit of a dumping ground for anything that I didn’t have any place else to put; and after five months, was not anything even remotely resembling a functional pantry.
Moved all the spa chemicals, plant food, hardware, furniture polish, glad storange containers with lids that don’t match, and random bits & bobs to cabinets and am actually using the shelves for food.
I cleared off the tile “counter” and have my drying racks set up. I use this area to dry herbs, peppers and soap as well as to cool pies, cakes, bread and cookies when they come out of the oven.
It’s not pretty, but it’s functional; some day I’ll remodel.
I added a plant shelf to the window sill so that I could put more plants in this window which has a lovely Eastern exposure which my African violets and Christmas Cacti really like.
This window is where my “shiny things” have gathered. They like the morning sun
In order to save space and keep things accessible, I hung my pots and pans.
I also installed a couple more shelves
This was my one big project left to do…
Well, except for the basement, but that’s going to take all winter.