Sunday, May 9, 2010
My Kitchen's Smaller Than Yours
Ed and I watch house hunting shows, a lot.You could say we're obsessed. Probably because we are almost always six months from relocating, to yet another apartment. On these shows, the one phrase that makes my blood boil and puts my panties in a twist is..."the kitchen's too small." This is almost always uttered in response to a place with tons of cabinetry, multiple counters, and a huge range of built in appliances. These people are crazy! Not to mention, half of them don't even cook. Yes, the kitchen is too small to pull out that spread from Boston Market. Ugh! Lets just say I'm bitter. To illustrate my point, lets go to the photographic evidence.
This folks is my kitchen. Doesn't look to bad, does it? Nice bright colors. Homey looking cabinets. Well, let me illuminate you.
See those two objects that look like drawers? Well, one is just a fake. That's right folks, I have one drawer in my entire kitchen. See the cabinets. The ones on the bottom flood quite frequently. Flooding= No storage space. The ones above the stove have shelves that aren't permanently affixed. Learned that one the hard way. Frying pans, not so fun when they're falling from the sky. Just about the only real cabinet space is located right above the sink. Too bad, I can only reach 1 out of the 3 shelves.
But that's all just storage space. The actual work space looks okay, right?
Let us start with the sink (ignore the soap scum). The sink only fits one pot at a time, it's approximately half the size of a real sink and do you see that blue lid in the background? It's not there by chance, it's holding up my faucet.
Then there's the counter that is permanently taken up by my drying rack. This leaves about a 6 inch by one foot space. This is actually an improvement, it used to be completely taken up by the microwave. The microwave has since migrated to the top of the fridge. Nothing like hoisting boiling hot liquids above your head.
Speaking of hot, have I mentioned the oven? The oven that doesn't fit a standard sized cookie sheet. The oven that has burners so close together you burn things by proximity. True story, I once burned a sauce on a burner that wasn't even on, it was just close to the one that was.
Last, but not least, the fridge. Despite serving as the counter to my microwave, it lacks a certain amount of functionality. It unfortunately does not accommodate many regularly sized items e.g. a gallon of milk.
But I don't want to complain, too much. I had good times in this kitchen. Cinnamon rolls from scratch, check. Homemade Cheez-Its, check. Pop-Tarts made entirely by hand, check. Good times my friends, good times. Damn, now I'm actually getting sentimental about this crap kitchen. On to better and hopefully bigger kitchens!