The leaves are changing, my Instagram feed is full of pumpkins and I’m on the search for a fluffy jumper and a bowl of something warm.
If spring is for cleaning, then autumn is the season of clearing out and organising. Something about the colder weather gives me the urge to sort, file and declutter. It’s not just the night’s drawing in and needing the winter clothes back out from storage but also the start of soup and stew season that means a rifle around the pan drawers and spice racks for forgotten bits and pieces.
The quest for a bowl of something warming, a roaring fire in the log burner and a fluffy jumper seem to lead me down a path of rearranging our entire home in a flurry much like the nesting hormones of pregnancy (maybe not quite so extreme, I haven’t hauled any internal doors out of the house or cleaned the fridge at 3.00am during this autumn organising).
Like the squirrels hiding their nuts in oak trees, I love to hide my nuts in various crevices of the home (and that’s not a sentence I expected to share today and by nuts I mean ‘winter bounty’). I want to share some of the storage in two rooms of our own home, the kitchen and also the boot room.
There’s not much more satisfying than a fully stocked pantry and this is true in any season but particularly so in October. During the warmer months meals tend to be quick, outdoors and often barbequed. We often turn our cooker off over summer (to reduce the heat in the south facing kitchen and rocketing electricity bills) so little time is spent cooking. Switching the cooker back on after a long summer is a joy. It’s a permanent warmth in the kitchen and takes the chill off the morning, with the added luxury of pre-warming the kids pyjamas on the top before bed. It’s a real workhorse for us, of course cooking all our meals but also heating the kitchen and drying a constant stream of clothing which is folded and placed on top. And so, with the cooker back on the stews begin.
Under Stairs Storage
Our kitchen is not huge and is also a hallway of sorts as it contains 3 doorways and a staircase. This means that the under stairs storage drawers are part of our kitchen storage. The top drawer, the smallest triangle, is the perfect size for spice jars. The soft close runners pull out so that I can access all the spices easily. They are lined up looking orderly and reaching for the cinnamon for our morning porridge has never been so satisfying. There are two drawers below this, the largest is a vast drawer and stores all the biggest dishes and awkwardly shaped kitchenware and the middle drawer is now stocked full of winter stew essentials including lentils, pearl barley and a variety of other pulses and beans.