The kitchen is the heart of the home. Essentially, it is here that we refresh ourselves, reconnect, and return to our days. The kitchen is comfort, and it is in kitchens that we gather.

The preparation and consumption of food isn’t an afterthought. Sustenance and nourishment can be at the forefront of our days, sustaining all of our other duties and responsibilities. We shouldn’t always be too busy that we can’t prepare a meal, or so engrossed in our tasks or our screens, that we can’t eat a meal fully present with ourselves and others. While we aren’t opposed to eating out, it’s not financially sustainable to do so all of the time, and it can be quite wasteful.

It is for these reasons that the research and design of the tiny kitchen is my favorite project. I’m essentially researching ad developing a conscious kitchen to the specifications of our family. Each aspect down to the smallest utensil is taken into account. What do we really need in a kitchen? What don’t we need?

This began with moving from our large home with a large kitchen, into a trailer with the smallest kitchen imaginable. We cook several meals a day with virtually no counter space, a tiny stove, and questionable storage. Almost every foray into the cabinets or reaching an appliance involves an organizing project or a step stool. We also no longer have a dishwasher. After a year of this, we know what we don’t want. Stepping into the new kitchen should have each tool readily available in its organized home. After going through the kitchen tools several times to determine what we really need and then downsizing, this doesn’t feel overwhelming at all, but rather necessary.

Everything needs a home, even a spatula.

The above image is our final kitchen design with Ikea cabinetry. Ikea was a good price point for budget, and their deep cabinets and drawers with organization accessories felt like the tools we needed. In the images below, you can see the ideas we cycled through, from galley kitchen to U-shaped kitchen. The cabinets are here and starting to take shape, Mr. Pickleman did a great job assembling most of them from the 97 boxes, and creating panels to tweak our design. Since we don’t really have room for a table, we created an eat-in area peninsula that features living area storage, pantry, and a countertop overhang. Now we just have to wait for the template and installation of our countertops, and for our appliances to be delivered.