We're currently on month seven of our six-week kitchen renovation. It's finally coming together, and it looks so good! I have photos to share today, plus a special offer to help you keep your own kitchen clean.
But this process has been s-l-o-w. (Words of wisdom from my contractor. Your project will take twice as long as you planned. It will cost twice as much money. And you are not the exception.)
Other than the fact that it's taking forever, it's not been a particularly big project (that is, as far as kitchen remodels are concerned, not compared to my typical weekend projects of, say, painting a door to make it pretty). Nor has it been expensive. But it has made a HUGE difference in how the room feels.
We took out a wall and vaulted the ceiling in week one of the project, and the room has felt delightfully airy and open ever since, even when we were in the thick of it early on.
We also put in a big island with a white quartz countertop, which I adore.
We have a family of six and half of us tend to be slobs. (I'm one of them.) We learned very quickly that when the counter is clean and clear, the whole room feels clean and clear. And when the counter's a mess ... it's just not a nice place to be.
The upshot? We're learning to keep the counters clean, with a combination of good habits and good products.
Here's one more shot showing the as-yet-unfinished purple door:
It's not been as hard as I feared and we're enjoying the results so much—on a daily basis.
The good habits part is pretty obvious: 1. Don't put crap on the counters! and 2. Nature abhors a vacuum, so we leave a few things out: fresh flowers, a bowl of fruit, and a spray bottle of all-purpose cleaner. Marie Kondo would NOT approve of that last one (and she'll be happy to hear the rest of our cleaning products are safely stowed under the sink), but I live with four kids, and we're not going to let the perfect be the enemy of the good here.
For over a year now, we've been getting our household goods from Grove Collaborative (the brand new name of the company we previously knew and loved as ePantry).
If you've never tried Grove, place your first order and receive these 4 items for free:
• Mrs Meyer's spring hand soap (in your favorite scent—we love the lilac)
• Mrs. Meyer's spring dish soap (in your favorite scent)
• Grove Collaborative glass spray bottle
• Grove Collaborative walnut scrubber sponges
I love the products, have no qualms about my kids using them because they're safe and green, and doing business with the company has been a pleasure. They have the best customer service.
To try it for yourself: all you need to do is click here and get started, answer a few questions about your household, and the free spring cleaning kit will automatically be added to your cart. (Existing Grove customers: there's something for you too.)
Based on your answers, you’ll have recommended popular items added to your cart. You can change those up any way you'd like (and don't forget to select your favorite scents!); as long as you spend $20 you get the cleaning kit for free.
Here's an example of what you could order. I love that this list includes some of my own favorites, including products I discovered from YOU here in MMD blog comments! I'm forever grateful for your recommendations of the walnut scrubber sponges and Method antibac bathroom cleaner.
That's just a suggestion. My family uses and loves all those items, but other family favorites include the Grove candles in orange thyme and cardamom (seriously, THE best candles), Method foaming hand soap (they make the best pumps for refilling), and Dr Bronner's castile soap.
Existing customers: click here to get a free Grove glass spray bottle valued at $10.95. We have two of these: one is for concentrates, one is filled with water for misting our boxwood wreaths and hydrangeas and occasionally, hot and sweaty kids.
If you have any questions at all, use Grove's live chat feature. Their customer service is fantastic.
This offer is good through Tuesday, March 22 at 9:00 p.m. EST or while supplies last--so click here to get yours now. U.S. only; no shipping to Alaska and Hawaii right now (sorry!)