First, my kitchen is small. If I had several thousand dollars to spare I would take out the wall to the breakfast/dining room and make it big, but since I can't I have adapted the new attitude. I'm calling it the Serenity Kitchen. Based on the Serenity Prayer I am trying to accept the things I cannot change... etc. I am focusing on the things that make my kitchen aggravating. Things like the fact that I buy a new trash can twice a year. Evidently the Rubber Maid and I don't see eye to eye. If the can has a spring lid I break the springs. If you are supposed to lift the lid mine falls into the can. So I have ordered a really good metal trash can. I did tons of research and I'm actually excited about a new trashcan. I also have no workspace. Yes, I have a bunch of stuff on my counters. I use all of it regularly and my counter is covered in a creative finish and not marble or butcher block or any other work friendly surface. This year Santa gets to bring me a small, but needed, butcher block work table. I want to bake more bread, roll out more pie crusts and bake more cookies. I have also moved all the heavy, dangerous, constantly-falling-from-high-cabinet cans down and sorted and tossed bunches of stuff. I hope it helps. When I put up the spice jars it helped a lot, but not enough. Here's a few pictures:
The watermelon basket on the left holds seasoning packets. The basket on the lower shelf has spices that wouldn't fit underneath the cabinets:
All of my baking supplies are in the breakfast room hutch:
Alright I don't use everything... but close! I don't use the wooden tulips, except to make me happy. I do use the Mrs. Tea, the paper towels, the lamps, the red trashcan for veggie scraps that go into my composter, and the food processer and tools. The net basket has the butter dish and bowls of cookies and snacks. I can set them all aside easily that way and it keeps out gnats and tiny fingers.
While surfing the web for kitchen ideas I found several things that made me see my tiny kitchen from a different perspective. Yeah, it's small, but it's mine and filled with things I do love and it's adorable. Since you have come to visit via my blog, I am going to share a couple of postings from others that have made me thankful. I hope they make you feel thankful about your kitchen, and your home, as well as give you a good laugh! Remember, it could be worse!
Have a great Thanksgiving!
Feel better about your home...
I found this in 2002 when I had a very bad neighbor. It's still worth a look, make sure you click on the links for the pictures!