Friday, October 31, 2014

Functionality At It's Best

This month has been fun!!  I hope you have been inspired to love what you have rather than to just live with it.  Maybe you've noticed throughout this series that I have made it a point to say things must work for YOUR family.  I truly believe that!!  I don't think there is a right or wrong way!!  I do think that you should love where you are.  Make it work the best way you can.  Make it a space that not only works, but that you love.  Can I say that again??  Don't get stuck waiting for the next best thing, love what you have now!!  


Go and do and inspire others!!  Thanks for tagging along this month!  And, now, for a long winter's nap....Ha!!  Just kidding ;).

To see other posts in this series click on the link below

http://frazzledjoy.blogspot.com/2014/10/31-days-series-launch-2014.html

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Thursday, October 30, 2014

A Functional Kitchen is a Must

We talked yesterday about how people love to gather in the kitchen.  I also mentioned that it's good if you enjoy being in your kitchen. Functionality of the space has a lot to do with that!  If you can never find what you need, or if you are constantly going in circles trying to get anything done, then your kitchen might need a little overhaul.

After 13 years of living in this home, the kitchen is as functional as I can get it for now.  I have moved, tweaked, stored, and arranged things in lots of different ways over those years, and I'm sure even though I say it's good - something will change in the next year or two!!

Life is constantly changing.  Schedules, routines, the ebb and flow.  So changes in our home are inevitable.  I am not a morning person so I do everything I can to make my morning run smoothly.  Coffee is a requirement.  Making the coffee is something I wish I could wiggle my nose and make happen.  But, I do find that having everything in arms reach in this coffee station makes it a little easier. (maybe you can tell, some of these pics are pre-kitchen-update :))


I loathe making lunches for my kids, but I hate wasting money on school lunches even more. These lunch bins I started a few years back, make morning lunch making less work.


We do not have a pantry.  Probably my largest complaint about this kitchen.  So, storing baking supplies can be a little tricky.  I changed to this system a while back and I love it!! 


Keeping things corralled on the counters in trays or baskets makes for less mess and easy clean-up.


Schedules are crazy around here, and keeping up with it all is a challenge.  And, so is meal planning.  I make both of these as simple as I can.



Oddly, this is one area of the house that I am constantly purging and paring down.  New things come in and old things must go out.  I have limited storage for cooking supplies and dishes so it is a have to thing more than a want to thing.
Smaller space + more things = chaos.  And chaos doesn't work for me!!

How do you keep your kitchen functioning for you?? 

To see other posts in this series click on the link below

http://frazzledjoy.blogspot.com/2014/10/31-days-series-launch-2014.html

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Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Kitchens - The Heart of the Home

We all know that food brings people together. So, it's natural for guests to congregate in the kitchen!

For 11 years or so, I put up with our kitchen.  I did little things here and there to make it more efficient and functional for our family.  All the while dreaming of something better.  

But, this was another space that was an all or nothing space.  I wanted to take down walls, moved appliances, and add a pantry.  If I couldn't do that then I didn't want to do anything.  I would just wait. 

Wait for what??

To win the lottery??

So, finally one day in December, I took out a bucket of primer and a brush and took the first stroke.


The most terrifying thing - DIY wise - that I had ever done.  Of course, once that first stroke had happened, there was no turning back.  

Not only did I not stop, I never looked back, and I don't regret a thing.  Except for the fact that I waited so long!!




We went on vacation this summer for the first time after the kitchen was completed and it was the first time that I actually smiled when I walked into the house, into my kitchen.  Strange huh?  

Sometimes you need a little form to make a space function.  If you don't like being in there then how are you ever going to want to do anything in there??  

My mood is so much different in my kitchen now!!

To see other posts in this series click on the link below

http://frazzledjoy.blogspot.com/2014/10/31-days-series-launch-2014.html



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