Today is devoted to organizing my new kitchen. Actually, it is a reorganization because the first plan did not work as well as I would like. It takes time and perseverance to complete this task since I have quite a bit of space.
Actually, I am perplexed. I see bottles of spices for cooking, another set for baking, and lots of clutter. I unpack another box and find my old cookbooks. While I use the internet for many recipes I also want to do due diligence to my old tried and true recipes in the cookbooks. I peruse the cabinets in the perimeter around the appliances and the drawers under the eight foot of center island counter space. Each cabinet needs to be designated for a distinct purpose. So I stand back with wide open cabinets to take a good look at the whole job, sigh, and take on one cabinet at a time.
Hours later, I am still in the organizing phase but too tired to continue. There is tomorrow to finish my grand plan of making my kitchen one that has fluidity and practicality, a place with warmth reminding me of my former kitchen that always was the hub of the home. I want my kitchen to be a place for conversation, laughter, and joy-a place for my little granddaughters to knead dough, bake cookies with me, and enjoy a licking-the-bowl good time like I did with my Nonnie, and my children did with my mother and me. Perhaps, tomorrow will be the day to sit back and say, "Ah, my kitchen is complete. I can move on to another room to organize.
There are many more boxes awaiting me. For now, I contemplate on how to make my kitchen a place for loving gatherings with the following quote by Kitchens by Emma Reed in mind.
"Kitchen. Noun - A gathering place for friends and family. A place where memories are homemade and seasoned with love."
It sounds like your kitchen will be a wonderfully warm and welcoming place when you are finished. It's definitely a priority to get it right in a new location! I hope you get many years of baking and conversation in your new space!ReplyDelete
Thanks for stopping by, Whitney. Since I am going to be living here for the years, I want to set it up the way it should be. As soon as I am finished organizing, the baking will start. Yum! (Can you please send me your blog site address so I can read some of your posts?)Delete
Oh, what a kitchen it will be! I can't wait to read and see the posts of baking with those granddaughters. Hang in there! You're in the middle of the mess.ReplyDelete
Carol, I love this quotation “Kitchen. Noun – A gathering place for friends and family. A place where memories are homemade and seasoned with love.” It's okay if your kitchen takes time to organize and get it the way you want it. Relax and your creativity will flow. You will create that warm, inviting hub and you will make many memories baking with your grandchildren. What an exciting time in your life.ReplyDelete
You are so right, Carol. The kitchen is the hub of the house. I admit a touch of envy at the size of your kitchen. Ours is small, but we have it organized in a way that has everything handy and Kathy and I don't get in each other's way when we are both out there. When we redid our kitchen we had book shelves put in for the sole purpose of holding our cookbooks.ReplyDelete
The kitchen will come along. It will take some time for you to get used to where everything is and eventually it will be exactly the kind of place as you envision.ReplyDelete
I can totally get bogged down in a kitchen organization or re-org. I just completely reorganized my pantry the other day and am loving it! Good luck with your project and making your kitchen a warm and welcoming space for your family and friends.ReplyDelete
It is a great feeling when you finish a project. I am looking forward to finishing my whole house and that means planning where to place my pictures .Delete