Monday, 9 January 2012

Packing up the kitchen.......

Well this is it folks, my large farmhouse kitchen in all it's messy glory.  Not tidied for the photos just there as it was first thing this morning when I came down. ....waiting for me to start the great packing up process.  Sorting through all these cupboards and packing away what is not used on a regular basis is my job for today, and maybe even tomorrow as well we'll see how long it takes.

You may be able to guess from the photos that I have already started the process on the display shelves either side of the utility room door.  I did them and put their more decorative contents to soak in the washing up water while I was making my first coffee of the day......see I'm geared up for action already!

You may spot quite a bit of food on the worktops, that's because I just got another Approved Foods order, they delivered a pre-Christmas order to the wrong address and couldn't retrieve it so they credited my account with its value, and as they had jars of Bonne Maman jam at 75p a jar last week I was tempted to put in an order to use up the credit.  Sooooo easily

In this kitchen I have (using doors as a counting tool) 10 base cupboards, 6 wall cupboards, and a total of 8 drawers (two of the drawers to the right of the Aga are actually a cupboard), 4 open display shelves and a plate rack.

In my new kitchen I will have 4 base cupboards (although 2 are corner ones so go into the corners giving quite a bit more space), 6 drawers, 5 normal sized wall cupboards and 2 smaller ones, one of which is over the cooker extractor hood.  So although a slightly smaller kitchen this will not be too bad.

There is also a built in boiler cupboard in our new house with a bit of space to store teatowels or things that don't mind getting warm and a large built in cupboard that the current occupier is using as a larder, I may use this for all my homemade jars of food.

Here we have an undercounter fridge, an undercounter freezer and a large fridge freezer at the end of the run of units, as well as my beloved Aga,  these will all be staying behind.  In the new kitchen we will have an undercounter fridge, an electric freestanding cooker, a small dishwasher and a large upright fridge freezer.  We have a washing machine in the utility room here and will also have one (it's already there) in the utility room at the new place.  (We don't have a tumble dryer, prefering to let our laundry dry naturally.)

After a good look round and a measure up on Saturday we happily discovered that virtually all of our furniture will fit into our new home, the only casualty will be our large leather corner sofa, which we will advertise for sale soon.  We think our large farmhouse pine table, with it's chairs and bench, will just about fit, so we will take it with us.  If once there it seems too big or just takes up too much of the floor space we will replace it later, fingers crossed it looks okay.

Well I better get to work.  I'll take the same photos when I've finished to see how well I've done.  If I don't make it a challenge I'll never get to work...... well maybe one more cup of coffee and a bit of Blog reading first.......!!

Sue xx


  1. I hope the Bonne Maman jars have the free cookbook offer on them! happy packing

  2. Hi Sue
    All the best with your packing and moving. Pangbourne is a lovely village, how great that it will be so close.
    Just wanted to let you know that I've nominated you for an wawrd over on my blog. Don't worry if you're not the 'award' type, I won't be offended if you don't want to do anything with it.
    All the best

  3. What a job but so exciting. Good luck Sue and Happy New Year !

  4. SO pleased to hear you will fit everything in Sue!

    Good luck with the packing.

    Sft x


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