Saying Goodbye To The Less Than Perfect Kitchen

Today is the day that I finally say goodbye to my less than perfect kitchen. Nothing has changed in this kitchen, save the replacement of failed appliances, since our home was built in 1990, nor since we moved in eight years later. We’ve hosted potluck suppers for up to 80 people and more intimate meals […]

The Pantry – Updated at Last! – The Less Than Perfect Kitchen

I just realized that it has been almost a year since I wrote “The Pantry” article for my Less Than Perfect Kitchen Series (scroll down a bit on the side bar to find the series). The most beautiful pantry I have ever seen is found here, at Warm Pie, Happy Home. Wow! This sort of […]

The Less Than Perfect Pantry – The Less Than Perfect Kitchen

I read this on someone’s blog recently, “In Rare Jewel of Christian Contentment, Jeremiah Burroughs said, “The way to be rich is not by increasing wealth, but by diminishing our desires.”. Dream if you will, but what you must do is learn to work with what you’ve got.”

Oh, yeah! That was my blog, huh? […]

Planning and Revamping – The Less Than Perfect Kitchen


Now that I’ve shared with you what I did in my own home to make my less-than-perfect kitchen function better for me, I hope I’ve inspired you to think of ways to make your own kitchen more efficient for you. There are some things that you can do to make the planning unique […]

Wraps, Storage Containers, Bulk Shopping Supplies – The Less Than Perfect Kitchen

I am blessed to have quite a bit of storage space in my kitchen. The fact that it is poorly arranged is something, as you’ve seen, that I’ve been able to work around. Once I had the major components of my kitchen arranged (baking center, beverage center, food preparation area, etc.), I was able to […]

The Baking Center & Food Preparation Area – The Less Than Perfect Kitchen

One of the things that motivated me most to re-work my kitchen was my desire to have an efficient baking center.

I had, over the course of the first few years we lived in this house, tried to establish a baking center in a couple of different areas. None of these really worked because […]

Dealing With Dishes in The Less Than Perfect Kitchen

Well, if she keeps her pots and pans under and around her sink, and if she uses the cabinet over the dishwasher for her baking center, then where do the dishes go?




Good question! I did, of course, still need a place for our everyday dishes. It needed to be not […]

Wet Area & Beverage Center – The Less Than Perfect Kitchen

If I keep my pots, pans and frying pans under my kitchen sink, then where, pray tell, would I keep the items that are *supposed* to go in and around the sink?


Again, I studied how I used my kitchen for a week or so. Where did we make coffee and tea? Where […]

The Efficient Cooking Area – The Less Than Perfect Kitchen


The heart of the kitchen is definitely her hearth. Most of us no longer prepare our family’s meals over an open fire, but our kitchen stoves serve the same function. (By the way, I have had to cook my family a few meals on our wood stove during power outages. I am so […]

What to do When the Stove Breaks – The Less Than Perfect Kitchen

I have had my share of less than reliable stoves over the years. Funny as it may seem, my mom’s O’Keefe and Merritt stove, which now is on display in my dining room, is the oldest stove I’ve ever used. If I had natural gas in my current home, I would still use this […]