The main problem with the kitchen - it's small. This is something we hope to correct with eventual renovations. But for now, it is how it is. This kitchen has less counter space than my hodge podge kitchen at the Hugo house (before we reno'd it moments before moving out:-). This worried me.
I'm sure you remember it, but a refresher from this morning:
|the "main" kitchen area|
|Right across from "main" area is the pantry cupboard, this small counter space, and the fridge. I keep the hot pot and the straws dispenser here at all times. Is it just my kids, or are straws basically essential for every drink in your house too?|
|And on the other side of the room - kitchen table|
|Above that pantry cupboard I keep small and used-often appliances, as well as cutting boards, cooling racks, pots and some often-used bakeware. The basket holds all of the "stuff" the blades, the dough hooks, the grease trap for the grill etc|
|Above that little counter space is a cupboard where I have bowls (mixing bowls etc) and baking supplies above that|
On top of the fridge, I have special heirloom type stuff in the cupboard. It's not easy to get to, but I rarely use those teacups and stuff so it's ok.
|Again, saving counterspace, I am using this microwave cart we got as a wedding gift for the toaster oven. I keep all cereal stuff and bags of chips underneath. Once opened, the chips go in that open "middle" area.|
But the reason that is possible with so little 'actual' kitchen space, is the areas not in the kitchen.
The laundry room is essentially a short hallway in between the kitchen and the garage. The was already a place to hang brooms, and shelving on the door to the FROG. This is where I keep my rolling pin, all plastic wrap, aluminum foil and ziplocs.
If this house didn't already have these shelves, a similar space would have needed to be created, I feel.