If this is your idea of a turkey dinner, you probably don’t need more space in your kitchen. Also, that flattop haircut gives me the willies. Photo credit: classic_film / Foter / CC BY-NC
Time really flies. It seems like I only just wrote a Halloween post, and already it’s the day before Thanksgiving. I can’t keep up. I’ll fall asleep on Christmas and wake up in time for Memorial Day. Time seems to move faster every year, doesn’t it?
Anyway, Thanksgiving, more than any other holiday, really puts your kitchen to the test. What does your kitchen need to pass the test? Space. Space in your oven to fit the turkey, space to fit that big commercial-grade oven into, and lots — and I do mean lots! — of counter space. But if you don’t live in a big McMansion with a fancy island in the middle of your kitchen, how can you create space in a smaller, older home?
1. Make existing counters bigger. By adding a bigger counter top (and building out the bottom so that it doesn’t tip over) to an existing counter, you can double the space. That means your pies can cool while you whip the mashed potatoes.
2. Hooks. Remember when Jane Leeves was on Seinfeld as Jerry’s closet organizer, and she suggested to Jerry that he should put “a series of hooks” in his closet? It makes more sense to do that in your kitchen than it does in any other part of the house. Why? You can hand pots from hooks. Put the hooks in the ceiling, hang the pots, and get them down when you need them. That frees up space in cabinets for other stuff.
3. Build new counters. If you can sacrifice a few feet of space, you can build an additional counter top with storage underneath. I did this in my own kitchen. I added a counter to the breakfast nook. Now I have tons of space for letting bread rise, rolling out ginger bread, stuffing eggrolls, whatever. You WILL lose some space in your kitchen when you do this. You just have to decide what you most want to do in your kitchen: mince or waltz?
4. Try some of these. My word, these are clever. I especially like the one that turns decorative fake drawers into real ones. I’m going to do that in my kitchen — that will be my “Black Friday” project.
Anyway. That’s all for now.
Happy Turkey Day!