In our home, we enter through the garage and walk through a small hallway and enter the kitchen and breakfast area. The floor plan is very open, but the kitchen is the first thing you see. The loved ones who walk in should feel welcomed, loved, and thought of.
There are so many little gifts from the heart...so many ways to bless your family in the way you keep your home...or on the topic of this post...your kitchen.
Light a yummy smelling candle, play some nice music. One of the first things I do in the morning is walk into the kitchen and light a candle. When I'm ready to get some work done, I put on some music. Usually I'll play some 40's music like Glenn Miller. After summer it's Christmas and Bing Crosby. I love Christmas music. How can you get happier than Christmas? Ok...I'll admit it. The kids and I put on the Charlie Brown Christmas CD yesterday and it just helped put me in a great mood.
|My favorite bowl|
Use the pretty dishes you have. I love to collect vintage dishes. The ones I have are either from my Grandma or from a thrift store. What I don't want are cupboards full of things we never use. Then it's just stuff that takes up space. Even when decorating, I try only to have things that are useful or have sentimental value to me. My favorite bowl cost $2 at a thrift store. It is always filled with fruit for the kids or used as a serving bowl when we have a big family dinner. Use the beautiful things you have! It makes the ordinary feel special...because it is. Celebrate the ordinary things in life.
|The kids use the cow to pour milk on their cereal every morning. Love the cow!|
When the kitchen....or any area of your home...is uncluttered there's just a better sense of calm. I want my home to be a place my family can relax, feel comforted from the world. I try hard to keep clutter out of the kitchen. It is also the first and last place I clean. It's hard for us because the counters tend to be where we drop things in our hands. The newspaper, crayons and color books, keys, sunglasses, plan books, etc. This is something I have to stay on top of or it can feel overwhelming to me. It feels good to go to bed at night with a clean kitchen. The counters are cleared and the kitchen table is ready for breakfast.
|Totally not my kitchen, but I'm going to look for an 'eat' sign like this one.|
|This is not my kitchen eitherLove the floor. Thinking of painting it on canvas for a rug in the craft room. Love the stool. Love how there's a lot of stuff in this room but it's not cluttered looking at all.|
These two images are from Hooked on Houses. If I could combine them, I'd have the perfect kitchen. It is TOTALLY not what I have now. I love my kitchen, but if I were dreaming....this would be it.
Place for fun and safe experimentation...
Let the kids play. Let them help you cook. There isn't a mess that you can't clean up later. They get messy. But messy is fun and you can always take out the vacuum later. I always tell my kids "no biggie". They aren't allowed to make a mess on purpose, but the messes that come from helping and learning are fine and even help make great memories. Flour covered faces, frosting hands...next year they will be more careful and your memories will be different. Have fun with them and relax.
What do you love about your kitchen? What do you want it to be? I know there are only 4 of you reading this, but play along anyway :)
Have a blessed day and go celebrate the small stuff!