My wonderfully helpful friend just left and, boy, am I tired!
To the naked eye, my kitchen looks no different, but on the inside, where it truly counts, it is much improved. And all the boxes formerly laying siege in my dining room are now disarmed and deposed.
I threw out at least two boxes of stuff because, apparently, I have too much stuff. And I still have too much stuff, but my lovely friend was being kind to me today and let me hold on to it for a little longer. The problem is I've managed to collect too many silly little things that I think are lovely and want to display. And I have very little counter space, which I also think is lovely and would like to display. And those two things are at cross purposes with each other. Sigh.
There are still several trouble spots that need some attention, but at least the boxes are gone. One giant step closer to getting my dining room back and sitting around a table as a family!