The Kapulskey family's kitchen is cluttered mess that's covered with boxes and papers, pots and pans, books and tools, and it just keeps piling up.
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Betsy, a part-time teacher and a full-time mom, and Scott, a doctor, have been married for 18 years and have been busy raising kids for 11. Those years have taken a toll on the house, particularly the kitchen.
It is 24 feet long and 12 feet wide with cabinets all around, plus a center island that's 5 feet long and 3 feet wide, for a total of nearly 300 square feet. Right now less than half of that is usable space with all this clutter! They are fed up and want the kitchen restored to a gathering place for meals with family.
The kitchen table is used by nearly every member of the house for one reason or another — Kids Josh, Jacob, and Rachel do their homework on it, and Betsy, a part-time teacher, works on her school papers there.
The center island is disorganized and serves as a catchall rather than a place to prepare food. As for the rest of the kitchen-counter space, there is not a bare spot to be found.
The Kapulskeys need help getting organized, and who better than Betsy's own mother, professional organizer Cindy Link? She has done this before for Betsy and Scott, but they have always reverted to their old ways. This time they say they are serious.
First thing's first for these self-proclaimed pack rats: Sorting. Betsy and her mom are in charge of tackling this project. They empty each and every drawer and cabinet, grouping like items as they go. During the process, they come across several examples of duplicates. Betsy admits if she couldn't find something, she'd just buy another.
Once that's done, Link suggests that they hold a garage sale as part of organizing/cleansing process. She also points out various spacesaving slideout bins, racks and shelves that can now be installed to maximize the storage areas.