When we first moved into our town home I was a bit concerned about the size of the kitchen. I really enjoy cooking and hosting and didn’t think it would be quite big enough.
But, like with the rest of the house, as soon as I purged it of everything unnecessary, it is more than big enough and actually functions extremely well.
I’ve really appreciated having the counters clear of everything. Mentally, it makes cleaning up a breeze. If there is stuff on the counters, it means that it needs to get put away, I don’t have to process “that stays out, that goes away…maybe I’ll leave that out for now because I’ll use it again tomorrow…” Instead, everything has a place out of sight and that is its home.
I keep serving dishes and my grandma’s milk glasses on the shelves above the sink, they also double as decoration. The vintage pendant lights (Ikea) were a fun, inexpensive update to our kitchen–only $30 each.
But I think what most people want to see, at least I know that I did when I was getting rid of things, is how far do I go? How many plates? And cups? And spoons??? Here is a look inside our cupboards:
I have more than one plate/cup/bowl per person because the kids aren’t quite old enough to wash their own yet, so for right now, I try and do the dishes once per day, and we have enough to eat a couple of meals before I need to do them.
And here’s a look inside our pantry:
I don’t like stocking up on grocery items (besides meat), because I usually forget that I have them…instead, I try to make a loose meal plan each week and get just enough groceries to get through the week.
I also really like the table set (still available at Ikea). The glass top makes the table appear to take up less space and the metal framed chairs are indestructible. Even the cane seats don’t show any wear yet.
Let’s head upstairs to the baby bedroom!