Our new kitchen is one of the most fun rooms in the house. The cabinets are spacious and creaky, the ceilings are ten feet tall, and we recently discovered several layers worth of wallpaper & flooring to be explored when the time comes to decorate. We moved in with several boxes’ worth of drawer stuff only to realize there are no kitchen drawers. Chris spent an afternoon setting up the room to his liking (a battle I forfeited years ago), and boy was I impressed with the result! Here’s how my handsome handyman & I made it work:
PURGE THE JUNK. Seriously, I cannot emphasize this enough! I usually get a bit too eager with this and frustrate the rest of my family, but the kitchen junk drawer is a safe place to exercise your spring cleaning muscles. Isn’t it amazing, all of the stuff we keep around that we don’t need? I’ve got a few boxes in the dining room still to be unpacked, and I’m thinking of tossing them entirely if I don’t miss anything in a few weeks.
CREATE THE SPACE. Once we unpacked and arranged everything, we removed an entire corner unit of cabinets with a dishwasher. The fridge now resides in its place, on the opposite side of the kitchen. It opens the place up significantly, and we figure we won’t miss the space we don’t have. So far, the only thing I miss is the dishwasher. We’ll probably add one in someday.
EMBRACE THE CLUTTER. Wait, what? Not like that. But I was super impressed with the way Chris fit all of our dishes into one cabinet, a spread that used to fill two or three cabinets at our old house. As you can see in the photo above, he mounted utensils on walls and hung cups from the shelves. He warned me it’d take some getting used to, but so far I’m enjoying it!
A substantial remodel is in our future, for sure. I’d like a new sink and counter tops, as well as an island or some sort of breakfast table for quick meals. Until then, we’ll keep chugging along with what we’ve got. Got any kitchen tips for our new space? Feel free to share! Cheers.