I expected the kitchen to be a virtual bonanza of items needing to be decluttered. I was wrong. In my last decluttering frenzy, I apparently did a pretty good job. I am literally down to the stuff I actually use on a daily/weekly basis. I got rid of a bowl and about 10 utensils.
My kitchen is on the small side. I like it that way (fewer steps) but would prefer a better layout.
I've read that, ideally, a kitchen should be set up with a triangle layout for the sink, stove, and refrigerator. My refrigerator is smack up against my stove. I don't like that.
I have lived with all sorts of kitchens over the years. Some better than others. After many experiences, I have in mind MY personal ideal kitchen. It would have the following elements:
- The triangle pattern I mentioned above.
- A window above the sink or stove (or both?)
- A refrigerator with the freezer on the bottom (I think)
- Plenty of counter space at the sides of the stove and sink
- Retro linoleum (NOT tile)
- Counter with stools
- Small office area
- A wall oven (or maybe two!)
- An area with a lowered marble counter for baking
- A vacuum in the kickboard area where I could sweep the daily debris to and it would suck it up! (No bending over with a dustpan.)
- GOOD lighting
- A flat-top stovetop, or a large space between the burners to slide a hot pot to.
- A water source for filling pots right at the stove
I can see it in my mind's eye. One day, maybe?
What are some of the "ideals" you would like for the perfect kitchen in your house? I may add them to my wishlist!