I went from a house with a kitchen that had room to spare in the cupboards. Everything had been perfectly organized and was easy to find. Now I find myself in a kitchen with few cupboards and even those aren't user friendly. For instance, there's a long lower cupboard in a corner that I'd never be able to retrieve something in the back of it without always pulling everything out in front of it. Besides this one, there is the cupboard under the sink and three other lower cupboards. One is holding the mixing bowls and corning ware type items, another is holding all the pots and pans and the last one is holding trays, ccokie sheets and cutting boards because it has one built-in divider in it and is made for this purpose.
The wall with the sink and two counters on either side has no plug. This wall extends around the corner and that has one plug. Then there's a door to the deck and on the other side of this door is the phone jack and a plug. I put my table that was supposed to be behind a couch there since it has an extra shelf and fits well into that space.
The other counter space is on either side of the stove on another wall; the fridge is at the end. The only plug on that wall is one in the stove and behind the fridge so I put an extension into that plug.
So, I have very few plugs for the coffee maker, microwave, etc. I've decided to move the toaster oven and rotisserie to the laundry room because there's no room for them.
There are five small drawers versus the 9 huge drawers in my old place so I've put the stacking drawers I purchased last year in the kitchen so that some of the items can be organized.
I'm just not used to not having everything I need in the kitchen and I'll be the first one to admit I own too many kitchen items but they are used, even if not all the time. My problem is coming from a kitchen with a 6 foot pantry, island and loads of storage space. Here, there's a small cupboard that's been converted to a pantry, hardly any plugs (I rent and there's tile backsplash so I'm not putting in any new ones) and terrible storage.
The only place to store anything is in the laundry room which does have quite a few cupboards. There is no attached garage. How I miss that!
The dining room is in the room next to the kitchen and I put my credenza there which barely fits in that space. I could use the top of it for some items (the microwave?) but I'm not sure if I should. DD suggested I put my good china (used only a few times a year) in the laundry room cupboards and use the credenza for my kitchen items. That makes sense but the chairs from the table are so close to it that it will be necessary to move everything out of the way each time I want to get in there.
So, how do you decide which items get the valuable space in the kitchen and which ones end up going downstairs to retrieve?