Now it is 2012. My husband and I want to get out of debt this year and make some real headway on creating a savings. That means I need to squeeze every dollar until it squeals. So how to make the kitchen work better? I spend hours in the kitchen these days preparing everything from scratch for my son's organic, grain-free diet. I also have a burgeoning supply of appliances to make all of these things from scratch. My Mother had the idea of moving from the basement a dresser she had given us and turning it into an "appliance garage" in the nook. Its nine drawers would also provide more storage, too. I jumped at the idea.
The little drawer has been carried off by a child. I will explain why at the end of the post.
This improved my space so well that I had room for my tea pot collection to be displayed without other things all over the shelves above the stove.
Also, in the vein of using what you have ... I wanted my Brillo pads and dishwasher detergent to look better on the counter. I used my crystal and it looks so much better.
Then I moved on to reorganizing the dishes. We have a cabinet that the cranky door refuses to work properly on. My husband took it off and I moved the dishes down low so that the kids would stop breaking them when they are trying to reach up high to get them. I am happy that this one change has decreased the breakage of dishes by about half in the last few weeks!
Our jackets and shoes are right across from the appliance garage. This system has worked well for us for a year or so.
Remember that missing drawer? Most people keep toys in their kitchen drawers, right? The Playmobil fits perfectly in this drawer and a child can carry it off to play on the floor.
I really need to re-paint parts of this room. Some of the surfaces are such a pain to keep clean. I hate tile! Thankfully, last year I got a new kitchen counter. I know the wall is gross in the next picture. I am going to start working on that soon. We had a left over drawer system from our bathroom project. I do not have a counter for it yet, so we just use the top drawer as a bread drawer.
It fits perfectly next to the fridge. The fridge is tucked into
another strange space that used to be a fireplace.
This is a working kitchen, folks. My patient husband was waiting at 6:45 am this morning for me to finish taking pictures, so he could plug in the portable dishwasher (which slides across the room) and make his coffee.
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