As everyone says… Happy Saturday! (I wanna figure out a different greeting… “Swonderful Saturday”? Uhhhh…) Anyways, hope y’all are having a wonderful day and looking forward to a great Sunday, too! Today, I want to share three items that I think every small home should have (at least for me and My Wee Abode!) So, let’s get started!
One of the things I really love, and use ALL THE TIME, is my portable island.
This is the Meryland White Modern Kitchen Island Cart. (There are no affiliate links in this post… I’m just sharing some of the things I love.) This item goes on sale all the time. I waited and ended up purchasing it for $166 (Buying Power tip: On many sites, if you place the item in your cart, and leave it there, you will get incentive notifications regarding sales and ‘special offers’ from the company, in order to get you to click ‘purchase’!)
I did lots of research on this ‘must have’ before I purchased it, because I needed something narrow, something moveable (portable), something utilitarian, and, of course, something pretty!
This island ticked all the boxes. It was shallow enough to fit the space I had (bet you didn’t realize that my kitchen is entered into by my front door!) The island is also on wheels, which makes it wonderful when I want to move the island to the middle of my little kitchen and use it as a dining table. I love that it has two drawers (I keep my silverware in one and potholders and dish cloths in the other). It has two cupboards, a spice rack, and towel rack! Very utilitarian!
As far as being pretty, being white was a ‘must’, and I love the fact that it has open space for storing my pretty vintage Pyrex.
My second must have is my Waring Commercial WDB600 Heavy-Duty Commercial Cast-Iron Double Burner. What I haven’t shared before is that My Wee Abode has everything a normal kitchen has, except a stove/oven! (In CA, a home that is 400sf or less cannot, legally, have a built-in stove/oven.) So, I researched lots of burners and found this particular one to have great reviews because it is heavy-duty, commercial grade and cleans up great! It’s been an adjustment for this gas-cooking-girl to learn to cook on an electric burner, but now I’m used to it and it feels ‘normal’. The description on Amazon says that the smaller burner is for warming and simmering, but I have found it works great to cook eggs on, as well! If I had to do it over, the only thing I would change is I would get two separate burners. The reason being, if I need to use a large skillet, I can only cook one thing because the burners are too close together to set an additional pot on the smaller burner (this is only with a large skillet). If I had two burners, I could move them to where I needed them according to the pot sizes (make sense?)
My last item (for today) is my Slim Slide-Out 5-Tier Storage Tower. Because of the limited cupboard space in My Wee Abode’s kitchen, I really have to use every inch of space for storage, without looking cluttered!
If you have 5-6 inches of horizontal space in your kitchen, this storage tower, which I call my hide-away-pantry, will slide right in! As you can see, I use this to store my canned goods, and other pantry-type items. It assembled quite easily, and fits my needs until I can build myself a custom one! (DIY Tip: When I purchased this, I didn’t take into consideration the baseboard, which took up ½’ of space. One-half inch is a lot in this situation! So, I just removed the baseboard, stuck it in the corner behind my refrigerator, and will replace it when/if I need to!)
So there you have it! These are just three of my ‘must-haves’ for living in small home! More products to come in future posts! Let me know in the comments if you have any questions.
Do you have any products that are great space-savers, storage solutions, or otherwise helpful in a small, or large, home? What items are the most important for you in a small home, or any size home? I would *love* to hear about them in the comments!