My Small, Outdated, Ugly Kitchen. That might be the worse blog post title ever. Oh well.
Today over on RoseAtwater.com, I’m sharing a tip on “kitchen organization” that sort of saved my life .
That might be a slight exaggeration, but seriously, it’s brought a little peace, saved a a lot of time, and eliminated one of my biggest laundry frustrations. And what else? It’s something you can easily do yourself without any real work at all!!
If you wanna find out what I’m talking about (hint: it involves the hot pink crate)… click over and read: Works for Me Wednesday: A Hot Pink Crate….
When I was taking pics for that post, I had this
horrible and terrifying brilliant idea to show you a few pics from my small, outdated, ugly kitchen. This is not every angle, but I promise you, I’m not hiding anything that will make it look bigger or better 😉
Ya’ll, it’s bad. So bad I almost changed my mind about this post, but then I figured I might as well go ahead. Maybe it’ll encourage some of you to be thankful for your kitchen 🙂
It’s not that I’m necessarily ashamed of my kitchen… we have family and friends over all the time and while I’m not all bragging, “Look at my ah-mazing kitchen!!”, it certainly has provided for lots of delicious food, pretty cakes and just plain good times. It’s a family-friendly space – even if it’s not always clean and it’s never pretty!
It doesn’t even embarrass me
anymore; it’s just that when you compare it to the Pinterest-perfect world that everybody seems to have, my kitchen is lacking.
First, it’s not pretty. Obviously. Almost everything in it is original to the 1970’s when it was built. The floors, the counters, the cabinets…. cringe:
In addition to the not-so-great decorum, it’s also really small.
Last year I hosted a Snapfish House Party and I invited a friend I’d never met in real life (we only knew each other online). When she got here to my house, to my party, I’ll never forget her asking…. “”THIS is where you make all the cakes?”
She was referring to the size of my kitchen. She is also (or was) a cake decorator and she knows the value of counter space. Well… THIS is my counter space:
One L-shaped bar-area is all I have. It’s just over 6 feet long (from the front of the microwave to the end) and 3 feet wide. That is where almost every single cake ever posted on this blog has been made.
Wait – I do have one other space on the opposite side of the kitchen (which sounds like a long way, but it’s no more than a few feet)… here it is:
It’s filled with 2 Kitchenaid mixers, a food processor, a bread box, a cutting board, my toaster, etc. No work space at all really.
So there it is. That’s where I make all the cakes!
And you know what? As ugly and outdated and small as it is… I love my kitchen. It gets the job done and it could always be worse!
And since I’ve never tried to do cakes in a larger kitchen – it’s all I know. There are things about it that drive me NUTS (hence the pink crate), but overall, I’m thankful to have it!
I choose daily to focus on the bright side of things! Be thankful for what I have (instead of what I don’t have) and make the best of it! If you had asked me when we moved in more than 4 years ago if I’d want to build a cake decorating business and be a food blogger from this kitchen, I’d have laughed at you.
But God opened doors for it to happen and I’ve run with it! Maybe one day it’ll be bigger, better, newer. But for now it’s all I’ve got!
Do any of you decorate cakes from a less-than-perfect kitchen? I’d love to hear all about it 😉