Today’s tip is to Make Space. This can mean many different things, so below I want to share a few of the ways I think you (and your kitchen) will benefit from making space.
- Make Space to Work. This one is a bit obvious, but if you don’t have room to spread out the cookbook and line up your bowls of ingredients, you won’t enjoy the process of pulling together a recipe.
- Make Space for Kids. Incorporating kids into the kitchen and the process of cooking is such an amazing gift – for you and them. Children have boundless curiosity and love to help… So let them! Find space and activities just for them. I have a friend who even has a cabinet set aside just for her 4 year old daughter to line up her bowls and cups, so she can get them out and help set her place at the table.
- Make Space to Grow. I never know where my next endeavor will take me… Next I think it will take me down the path of pasta. Now, if I had stuffed my pantry and cabinets to the max, I wouldn’t have space for the fun little pasta roller I picked up on sale. Take it from me, it’s more fun when you have room to grow, and follow the fun wherever it takes you. The best way to make sure you keep that space to grow is to go through everything about once a year to clear out expired dry goods, donate kitchen tools you haven’t used, etc.
- Make Space for Guests. Be sure to have an extra seat at your table for a friend to come join, as I shared a few days ago: if you care, you share.
- Make Space to Fail. When we don’t have room to fail, we don’t have room to grow. So make sure you keep a back up plan on hand (my back up is a couple frozen pizzas in the freezer). If you have your back up at hand, then you can take risks and take off on new adventures.