Thursday, April 16, 2015

Words of Wednesday No.6 - On Thursday

Well it's not Wednesday anymore . . .

But I've got words.

I slept through Wednesday.

I had a little EGD yesterday and the happy juice kept me groggy most of the day.

Nice. Nap.

I'm still groggy but there is something that crosses my mind.

A little too often.

All those posts you see that promise great solutions for small kitchens and bathrooms . . .

They LIE.

I have small bathrooms. VERY small.

To use my bathrooms you have to do a bit of twisting and turning. 

Neither one of them is wide enough to walk all the way through with your arms hanging at your side.

My kitchen is not that narrow.  

It has 3 full size cabinets on the top.

One full sized cabinet on the bottom.

4 miniature cabinets surround the stove.

I have 4 narrow drawers.

I tell you all this because these small rooms are the reason every time I see an article about tricks for storage/decorating small bathrooms or kitchens I click. 

Then I read every word. 

I look at every suggested solution.

I want desperately to see the bathroom or kitchen where they truly create these miraculous storage solutions.

The trouble is this - ALMOST. EVERY. TIME. that miraculous solution is in a bathroom or a kitchen that is HUGE compared to mine.

And sometimes - especially in bathrooms - I can't even quite figure out what it is I'm supposed to be seeing that is so fabulous.

I mean a shelf hanging on a wall with 4 towels on it is not my idea of storage.

Or miraculous.

Or they show a room big enough to park my car in the middle that has a gorgeous armoire or antique cabinet and I'm supposed to interpret it as a genius storage solution for my small space. 

Guess what???? 

If there was room for a storage cabinet in my bathroom I would have put one in there A LONG TIME AGO!!!!

There are kitchen storage solutions that they show over and over again.

This one is one of my favorites.

Fabulous right?

Sure, but not for a small space. 

I have one cabinet that big in my kitchen.

In that cabinet, arranged on two wooden, pull-out shelves, I have the following stuff:  My stainless steel bowls and a glass bowl, a 1 cup, 2 cup, 4 cup, & 8 cup measuring cups, a set of dry measuring cups, a food scale, all my Rubbermaid storage containers/lids, some glass food storage containers w/lids, a large Le Creuset roasting pan, another large Le Creuset large pan that I can't think of what is called, a couple of glass casserole dishes w/lids, variety of small cooking/serving pans/dishes, a hand-held mixer, an immersion blender, the beaters for my KitchenAid mixer, a cheese grater, and a lunch box. 

If I dedicated that entire cabinet to pot storage WHERE ON EARTH would I store those things? 

So while I certainly would enjoy cabinets or drawers to store my pots and pans in, I will never see this "genius solution" for storage in my small space.

And don't even get me started on spice storage solutions.

Or pantries.

Pantries. Schmantries.

There are those out there that would tell me that I just have too much stuff.

They might tell me I don't need 8" and 9" cake pans.

But I do.

And there are many things that I need that I would like stored more efficiently or be more easily accessible.

There are some solutions out there that I feel are pretty ingenious.

Some of those are in my own mind.

Some are on Pinterest.

I'm going to do all of the genius ones that I can fit in my kitchen.

Some will be pretty.

Some will be a little ugly.

But I am going to have the most efficient small space out there.

And when you see a Pinterest post that guarantees "697 Incredible and Genius Solutions for Your Small Kitchen!" . . . 

it will be true.

Especially the genius part.

But don't hold your breath . . . I'm getting ready to go out of town for a very loooong time, so none of my genius will be passed on until summertime.


Bliss said...

Going out of town to birth a baby?? Well if you have time to read, look up RV storage ideas.

Art and Sand said...

Are you seriously going out of town for a long time?

Is it time for the baby?

As to your post, hilarious! I too have a small kitchen and I don't have 8" and 9" cake pans because Steve is always trying to organize "his" domain which means he is always tossing stuff that I do need.

Anonymous said...

Hahaha. You spoke the words for me. My kitchen may be bigger than yours but still small. Usually it and both my bathrooms would fit in the "small kitchens" shown.And the overuse of the sametips..well..have a nice trip Wendy J

LindaSonia said...

I couldn't get past EGD... what is EGD???!

LindaSonia said...

Never mind about the EGD - I googled it.

and girlfriend.... I am soooo with you on the ingenious storage solutions for small spaces. Bah Humbug. It sounds like your bath and kitchen are about the size of mine. I have come to the conclusion that the majority of the decorating population don't have a clue as to what a small home REALLY looks like.

Kirby Carespodi said...

Only those of us with really old houses understand true lack of storage. Have fun with that baby!!

Tina@WhatWeKeep said...

This made me laugh.
Enjoy the new grandbaby, Karen!


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