We’ve lived in our apartment six years this year. It’s in downtown Toronto, our rent is extremely cheap by today’s and even six years ago’s standards, and our building is almost 100 years old; it’s actually the first apartment building in Toronto to have an electric buzzer! We love it here and over a year in quarantine has meant we’ve spent a lot of time in these walls and I’ve spent a lot of time doing home DIY for fun. All of those projects that got pushed back by weekend plans were suddenly the most exciting thing going on. Our entryway, bathroom, and living room (one to-be-reupholstered chair to go!) all got overhauled with paint, fabric, rugs, furniture, decluttering but the thing that remained was our kitchen—my albatross.
We sideeyed our apartment’s old kitchen floor and narrow layout when we moved in but we just kept trying to make it work by adding stuff. This just led to it feeling and actually becoming more cramped by the day. The built-in open shelves were overflowing without any sense of organization. We had doubles and triples of things because we would lose track of an item and replace it. We had too much and yet nothing we needed or wanted at all. Finally, we were home looking at it all the time and knew we had to start over.