Photo tour of my new kitchen (and video!)
I love my kitchen! It's spacious and bright, with more cupboards than I can fill. When we were looking for rental houses, I didn't dare to dream of finding one in our price range with such a beautiful kitchen. But we did! It needed some cleaning and a few repairs, which we did before moving in. The hard work was worth it, and I still feel spoiled living here!
Some of the things in the top picture (from left to right): Calendar and phone "station", Royal Berkey water filter, my water bottle, my bread machine, the never-ending paper pile, my crock pot, a jar of kefir, and a bowl of freshly-ground flour. The room beyond (through the doorway) is an extension of the living room.
Here you can see the other side of the kitchen. This fridge is huge! I can fit a lot of food in the fridge and freezer here, and we've been able to go grocery shopping less often. Right now my goal is to go to Costco twice a month and to the nearby QFC once a week for bananas and sale items. :)
A lot goes on in this little area! :)
The tall cupboard is used for a pantry, and is quite handy! :) There is a second doorway to the right of that cupboard, and then my shelves.
These shelves were on our enclosed porch when we lived in Ohio. In the apartment, I ended up putting one shelf by our dining room table, and disassembling the other. When we moved here, Joshua put the shelf back together and now I have two again! I think it makes the dining room look a little cluttered, but I like being able to store so much food! And, since the dining room is where we do our school books, I am able to store the books and supplies nearby. :)
I thought that with this much counter space, it would be easier to keep it clutter-free. Ha! I think it is actually MORE difficult to keep it cleared. Maybe because instead of clearing a spot to work, I just move on to the next clean space until the whole kitchen is full of dirty dishes and clutter... I don't know! It is still a daily effort to keep the kitchen clean and tidy, and when it looks like it does in these pictures, I call it perfect! ;)
Our kitchen table gets a lot of use! I put my computer there in-between meals and school work. There is a lovely deck behind the kitchen, where Joshua has his grill. And since the trees out back lost their leaves, we can see bits of the Olympic mountains through the trees in the distance! (I told you, I'm spoiled!)
Here's the video tour, including everything in my kitchen cupboards! One of my friends recently did a kitchen tour and showed the insides of the cupboards and it was actually really interesting to me... this video did get a little long (16 minutes!) so I apologize for not being more concise!
My cheerful cutting boards! I forgot to get these in the video, so I took a picture. :)
And, the one drawer I forgot to open for you on the video! Just cookie sheets, cooling racks, muffin tins, and a grill pan. :)
My other kitchens:
My apartment kitchen wasn't bad at all. Really my only complaints were that the fridge was small and there was carpet in the dining room! I learned to pack the fridge to its fullest, and we taught the kids to be super careful when eating. We left our apartment after 2 years with compliments from the management and our deposit returned! Mission accomplished! ;)
I shared a photo tour of my apartment kitchen when we moved there in 2008. You can also view pictures of everything in my kitchen cupboards at that time. (Ahhhh! Ruth was a baby!!)
And from when we lived in Ohio: My de-cluttered kitchen (in photos). I miss those cheery curtains!