My mother once told me the kitchen was the heart of the home. And I should make sure to get a home with a big kitchen because everyone always gathers in the kitchen.
I have found the first sentence to be true. Too bad I didn’t follow her advice. Our kitchen is quite small. However, we make it work.
Our kitchen table is a small wooden table my brother gave me when I moved into my apartment. His family was moving on to a larger table and he no longer needed it. It was a good sturdy table for an empty apartment.
The leaf was very seldom if ever used. It was simply a round table that sat under a framed print of Picasso’s “Bouquet of Peace” which I learned as “Hand with Flowers.”
My husband actually hung the print on the wall for me when we were dating. Somewhere I may have a picture of the table in those days but searching for it would send me down a rabbit hole from which I might never emerge.
I honestly can’t remember when it became the kitchen table for our home here. Perhaps from the moment I moved in here. The seldom if ever used leaf is now a permanent fixture in the table so our family of four fits comfortably.
The Picasso print has long been passed on to a nephew (it wasn’t my husband’s style). The table now sits under a drawing J made in the 2nd or 3 grade.
This is what our humble kitchen table looked like last night:
When I set my mini goals on Tuesday, one was to keep the kitchen table clear and eat dinner there each night. For today’s Five on Friday (hosted by the F.A.S.T. blog, go check it out!), I thought I’d share about my struggle to keep my kitchen table clear all week.
Please forgive some of the blurrier photos, they were snapped in a hurry without the best light most days (and today’s yet another rainy day…better be seeing lots of May flowers!)
Five Views of the kitchen table:
This is how it often looks after the morning rush of making lunches and getting everyone out the door during the week.
After I cleared it off on Tuesday. Thought maybe a black and white copy would help with my lighting issues.
After a mid-week grocery run on Wednesday. I usually only go to the store on Sunday nights or Monday mornings but sometimes I forget things. I may have been hungry when I made this grocery store run..
The start of setting the table for dinner on Wednesday evening.
I was doing better yesterday as it looked like this after the morning lunch making rush:
One of the lilies in the bouquet did this yesterday.
I thought a cheery new table-cloth would keep me inspired to keep the table clean. Finally, in regard to the second part of my mini goal, we have had dinner at the table all week! Unfortunately, not always at the same time. The carrots were a tough sell but I probably also put too many on his plate.
Now, I need to go and clear off the table from the morning lunch making rush which morphed into a “I can’t find a pencil for school” rush from the table.
Do you find it a struggle to keep your kitchen table clear of stuff?