In My Kitchen: thinking outside of the box

In My Kitchen at Sydney are 25 packing boxes and numerous other receptacles waiting to be filled, collected by the removalist and shifted to our house at Taylors Arm in 6 days time.

In My Kitchen at Taylors Arm are boxes containing the final supplementary pieces that will render our old kitchen user-friendly, a ten year work in progress. As well as shuffling furniture on the weekend to make enough space to fit in the contents of a one bedroom Sydney apartment last weekend the G.O. worked his handyman magic on the new stainless steel prep-bench under shelf with vintage Newling’s cordial boxes for storage. After the move, he’ll tackle smoke alarm, mixer-spray tap, glass shelves, towel/utensil racks, useful hooks and magnetic knife strip.

“Instead of thinking outside of the box, get rid of the box” ~ Deepak Chopra

In my kitchen are boxes and.., a trio gorgeous FJ&LC retro hued dishcloths, and yellow Oz harvest tea towel & ice-cream maker to match the walls
In my kitchens are packing and package boxes, Newling’s cordial boxes, a trio of gorgeous FJ&LC retro hued dishcloths, yellow Oz Harvest tea towel & Cuisinart ice-cream maker to match the walls… another knitted tea cosy – this one with poppies.

Thanks to Celia of Fig Jam and Lime Cordial for hosting In My Kitchen and the In My Kitchen community for foodie inspiration & the virtual company they provide. If you’d like to join in, link back to Celia’s blog until December 10 only. December 2015 is the last IMK hosted by Celia. Thanks so much Celia, I’ve enjoyed your IMK tenure. As of January 2016, IMK will be hosted by Maureen at The Orgasmic Chef.


46 thoughts on “In My Kitchen: thinking outside of the box

  1. Nice looking kitchen at TA. Functional without excess clart. Fingers crossed for the move. We’ve never done our own packing apart from the first time we moved from rented to bought. But it was only 20/30 miles away so we just hired a transit van for the Saturday.

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  2. I’ve had a brainwave for a home-made housewarming present for you, but it’ll have to wait a day or two and will probably not be ready for a couple of days after the move. Best of luck and don’t forget to pack the kettle, mugs and beverage of choice in the top of your most important kitchen box.

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      1. Yes, that’s true; you’ll be missing that whole period where you’re settling in, can’t find anything, still losing your way round the house at night (or is that just me?) and the list of things that has to be done is as long as your arm. How lovely!

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  3. Best of luck in the move, EllaDee, to you and the G.O. I have thought about moving but once I begin to think of the logistics of packing and, you know, actually moving, the idea loses its charm.

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    1. There’s some upsides to thro logistics of this move, we moved the same stuff 4 years ago -it’s doable, and the other house is set up, but it’s the details – changing addresses etc which I’ve spent most of today on… aarggh. So yes, unless you’re completely unhappy there’s no place like home 🙂

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  4. Just 6 days to go, you must be so excited. The new (old) kitchen looks fantastic I know your first meals there will be a great success and is everyone coming to you for Christmas dinner this year?
    I hope the move goes smoothly and the removal men treat everything with the utmost care. I think it will be ages before you finally unpack everything.
    xxx Sending Gigantic Hugs xxx

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    1. We’ll unpack at our leisure… we have a bit of time up our sleeves, but we’ll be needing the books for lounging and reading. The first meals are likely to be G.O. barbeque dinners. We have a few family coming for Christmas but 3 dropped out so 6 is easy peasy 🙂 The removalists come highly recommended, and live just down the road from the new house.

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  5. At this point before a move I am hopeless. I have everything totally packed and leave out 2 mugs, 2 plates, 2 knives & forks 2 bowls and 2 wine glasses with everything else packed and ready to go. I have been known to make us sit on the floor the night before. Sad isn’t it, but I Iike to feel organised, albeit uncomfortable and annoying when you need something! Wishing you all the best, enjoy your last days in the office. I am really looking forward to seeing the transition stories. Cheers and a very merry Christmas to you. Thoroughly enjoyed our exchanges this year. Maree 🙂

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    1. Thank you. I like being organised too. Fortunately we’ve been planning this move for a while which has helped that. We’ve no room to pack up the apartment into boxes until a few days out. At least at the other end we’re moving into a fully functional house with a few strategically created gaps for the big apartment stuff to slot into. The boxes will go into the shed for the moment, but I hope to have the bulk of it unpacked before the 23rd, then I can get on with Christmas prep. I’m looking forward to seeing more of your exteno 🙂

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  6. Great style! What else would I expect? Hope it all goes well and look forward to messages on cloven sticks from the boonies. (I started a crocheted tea cosy for you – pulled it out twice, third attempt just as bad. Don’t expect a crocheted tea cosy any time soon – and given the time of year you might want to look out for your card in January or so!)

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    1. Thank you 🙂 I knew that’s what would happen when I brought a tea cosy home, like cats they send out a message that others are welcome. I love getting mail, our TA postie’s workload will feel the effect.

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  7. I’m looking forward to seeing your new home once it is organized. We are starting the process of starting something a bit like your parents, remodeling and expanding a weekend cabin as a more permanent place. I don’t look forward to the downsizing and packing but it will feel wonderful in the end to only have things around that are meaningful and loved.

    Good luck with the move.

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    1. Thank you. We are ourselves -literally, we’re surrounded by packed boxes- in the process of packing up, out city apartment life to move to the house we’ve slowly been improving for 10 years in a rural-coastal area. We’re upsizing! Gretchen commented her parents did similar to what you’re planning 🙂

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    1. Thank you. The G.O. has been working at the kitchen, and it’s so different than originally. The cart is the centre-point.
      I’m finally back online after a week of moving & unpacking 🙂

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  8. Wow – lots going on — lots and lots of Good Stuff!! Looking forward to seeing your progress as ‘The G O’ and you continue to get your new home the way you want it. And I’m sooo jealous that ‘The G O’ is so handy !!

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      1. I’m back to posting as well. I was a really ‘lazy blogger’ for most of the summer and fall…. and then the holidays came. I’m planning to ‘get my butt in gear’ from now on!!

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