lessons learned:  you gotta deconstruct to reconstruct
lessons learned: you gotta deconstruct to reconstruct

lessons learned: you gotta deconstruct to reconstruct

Yesterday, I began the process of deconstructing my kitchen.  Having your refrigerator die the week before Christmas will do that to a homesteader.  It’s not just enough to move the old one out and pop a new one in–I figure I should take advantage of this opportunity to make a few changes in one of my favorite rooms in our home.

What you need to know about my kitchen is that she is small.  While I get frustrated some evenings by the pots and pans that spill out of cabinets or the lack of countertop surface needed for bigger cooking projects, I do value and honor Kitchen, probably more for who she is than what she looks like.

While she and I agreed that this is no time for an extreme room makeover, we have decided that some cosmetic changes are in order.  And so, yesterday I began the process of removing the old refrigerator and taking down cabinetry.  The room that I had meticulously cleaned and organized just the day before was suddenly thrown into chaos.  Bless her heart!kitchen

I looked around.  Argh!  What was I thinking? I took a moment to gather myself and perused over my Facebook page.  There they were, status after status update filled with New Year’s resolutions, and all of them embodying some form of change or renewal.

I turned and looked at Kitchen’s bare wall, and then it hit me.  The key to reconstruction is deconstruction.  We have to be willing to deal with the old before we can make something new.

New Year’s resolutions motivate us because we like the thought of changing our lives and becoming better people.  Yet, if we ignore the prep work it takes before our “makeover,” then we’ve undermined the whole renovation.  Old habits creep back in.  Our resolve crumbles.

As I sit here this morning looking at the bare wall awaiting spackle, sandpaper, paint, and shelving, I know I’ve got my work cut out for me before Friday.  But by golly, Kitchen will be so excited to have a new ‘do, and I can sit back and start deconstructing the next task at hand.


  1. Very thoughtful post. I think it’s definitely true that you need to deconstruct first, otherwise you can end up just glossing over things, and never get anywhere. I have a bit of an aversion to new year’s resolutions in as much as I think January is a dark and depressing month & trying to overhaul oneself in the midst of it is too much of an uphill struggle!! I tend to wait til spring before any major personal renovations 🙂
    Happy New Year to you & look forward to reading more of your lovely blog in 2013.

  2. So true! And that’s usually why I’m willing to put up with water marks from a leaky roof or ugly kitchen cabinets- I don’t want to deal with the deconstruction. But I’m always thrilled with the results. Can’t wait to see your kitchen when yoy’re done.

    I also understand small kitchens. We had a “one butt” kitchen when the kids were little, but some of our best memories involved all 4 of us crowding in.

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