I’ve already shown you around my kitchen, but cooking isn’t all that goes on in a kitchen. I spend most of my time at home in the this room. I feel comfortable in here. When I have guests over, we usually sit at the table to talk. Later, I’ll realize I should have invited them to sit in the living room where the furniture is more comfortable. I just don’t think about it though, because I’m so comfortable in the kitchen. Even in the homes of my friends, I’d rather be in the kitchen.
Most of my blog posts get written in this room. My computer lives on the counter, but if I have a lot of work to do, I’ll move it to the table. My camera lives on the counter too, ready for me to take photos of our food before we eat it.
During the school year, the table is often covered in books. We homeschool and lots of study takes place in the kitchen. The stack of books on the table in the photo above are part of what I ordered new for this year.
This crate travels between the dining room and kitchen. It’s a modified version of work boxes that many homeschoolers use. My youngest daughter’s work is in one side, youngest son’s work in the other. This is how I left it in May when we finished for the year.
I’d like to call this my command center like Laura at I’m an Organizing Junkie recommends, but I don’t have that much control. I keep books I’m currently reading and books I refer to frequently here. I also have project notebooks, mail, a box of phone numbers and usually all kinds of things people tend to pile in this spot.
But check out the organizing box. I found it at Target. It gives me a spot for my external hard drive, camera cords, headphones, mail. And it has space for a few hanging files!
I really love this little box.
A kitchen isn’t complete without cookbooks. Mine are stored above that little spot of counter in the previous picture. As you can see, the cabinet shelf is crammed full. I regularly glean through them and get rid of those I don’t use often, but it’s still stuffed.
And I should be embarrassed by all the junk on the shelf under the cookbooks. Sunscreen and bug spray should probably be stored somewhere else, but this works for us.
This is a little area just off the kitchen.
Chalk board, calendar, and magnetic poetry.
Oh yeah, and a pencil sharpener that you can’t see in the photo. I got tired of the electric kind that don’t really work and bought the kind they have in schools.
I’ve already shown you how I use an over-the-door shoe rack to organize spices. This one holds school/office supplies and hangs over a closet door near the kitchen.
If only I had more closet doors, my whole life could be organized!
How do you use your kitchen? And how do you organize it for all the things that happen in this room?