Welcome to my Kitchen.
I have a love/hate relationship with my kitchen. But I am learning to be content with what I have and change what I can and learn to be content with the way things are some more. Contentment is hard work, especially when I see so much potential in something but the means are just not available for the time being.
It is a decently large space, but there are two main problems. It has four doors. Two you can see in the picture. The door on the left is to the outside and the door on the right is to a bathroom. I am stood in the door way to the utility room while I taking this picture, and just out of the picture’s frame to the left is the door to the living room.
The second main problem is limited counter space. I used to have a moveable island in the middle of the kitchen but decided to have our table in that place so it freed up our other living areas.
I love that my kitchen is red. I also have many red kitchen appliances and it just makes me very happy. I love that I have a dishwasher, a newer oven, and a window over my sink. I love that the adjoining utility not only houses the washer and dryer but also my refrigerator and a couple more cupboards. And finally, I love that my kitchen is mine and I have claimed it as my clutter free zone. Toys are not allowed in the kitchen. I do however keep a few books on top of my pot rack for my Sweet C. When I am looking at cookbooks she has one of her own to keep her preoccupied 🙂
So, to tackle some of my space problems I have utilized a couple handy organization tricks.
I got this idea from a lady whose kids I used to nanny. She used it only for measuring cups, but the idea definitely originated from her kitchen 🙂
Next up in keeping my kitchen an organized space is my beloved pots and pans rack. I love this thing! I can’t remember the exact price but I know it was right around $30. So worth every penny!
And next to the pot rack is my wonderful spice rack. I also use it to hold some vitamins and medicine, but I’m sure those will get booted as I expand my spice collection 🙂
Lastly I have a dry erase/calendar/pin board in my kitchen. On the pin board I hang my keys up so Sweet C doesn’t hide them and I always know where they are…unless I forget to put them up there! 🙂
Hope these little ideas help. And remember to be thankful for what you have. 🙂 Using what you’ve got may just spark some creativity!
What do you love most about your kitchen and what do you do to keep it organized and ready for action?