One more reason to dream of a future rancho for all of Rusty's toys, and tools, and art.
So raise your hand if you see a pantry? While not tiny in its footprint, in terms of storage this kitchen is small. Especially for two people who love to cook. I believe that a hanging rack for my copper pots is a must. Our realtor's wife, Donna (yes, the wonderful I've-got-your-back Donna) believes that the shelf-area intended for a microwave will make a great area for a vertical plate holder. I quite agree. After all, who really needs a microwave in the world of fresh fish, meats, and produce?
Our builder kindly has provided a custom island, and this will certainly help with kitchen storage. But we're still left with the pantry issue . . . and a chef-husband who has at least ten (10) types of colored/flavored salts from 'round the globe, not to mention the specialty peppercorns and other spices. Kitchen gear absolutely is second on our priority list (right after the dog toys); happily we're in agreement on that. I see no solution but to purchase a heavy-duty, cast-iron pot rack to hang those shiny French copper pots. Cha-ching! All it takes is money, of which we have none. Nevertheless, we simply can't have a flimsy wire hanger, ever!
We paid $700-something dollars to have custom cedar cabinets added to the laundry room. And yes, both bedrooms have those large, armoire-type storage units, which, though not technically built-in, ain't goin' anywhere. Still . . . no true closet space. No pantry. No linen closet. But my home in Pô had no closet (no indoor toilet, for that matter), and I survived. But unlike packing for Burkina, we're packing for the rest of our lives, not a mere two years. So maybe it's time to revisit the packing list. Imagine your own current home. Now eliminate storage for towels and bed linens. Eliminate storage for holiday items -- we'll have no attic . . . not with our gorgeous vaulted ceilings. What about items as simple and essential as mops, brooms, a vacuum? And paperwork? Tax files, our printer, little office supplies such as paper-clips and rubber bands? Where do you keep such items?
I'm saying goodbye to my 8x5-foot N-scale train table, to 99% (by volume) of our holiday items, to all of our current furniture. Looking back, I really don't know how I spent two years in a mud hut in Burkina. But it was fabulous every single day; and there's little doubt that our home in Samara will be equally fabulous . . . even without a single closet. As for storage solutions, that must be why God made Pinterest. Lo que hay.