I love my apartment. I really do. And I REALLY loved our last apartment before we moved here. All 750 sf of it (never was quite sure, but our current one is smaller). That’s why I can’t watch HGTV anymore.
If I hear another couple with no kids say, “this kitchen is just way too small for us,” to anything with a built-in microwave, island, pantry or full-size stove-top, I just might throw something through the TV. And really, there’s no space in our apartment for us to have a TV that doesn’t work.
Because this is my kitchen:
That closet on the left is not a pantry, btw, it’s a dishwasher (thank goodness) and our a/c unit. So we have one narrow upper cabinet (all our dishes and drinkware), the cabinet below it (all our dry goods/pantry), and the two lower cabinets under the sink and counter (trash and supplies under the sink, pots/pans/bakeware under the counter). We do have a microwave, toaster oven, and Foreman grill, but they’re stored in the living room (we kept it there in our last apartment, too).
It’s small, but guess what?
I can make anything in this kitchen. Dinner for five? Done. Cupcakes for a celebration? Done. Homemade gnocchi? Done. Chili for K’s entire department? Done.
Would I take a larger kitchen if I had the chance? Sure. But I know that I can live with a small one. I’ve made K promise to pinch me if I ever utter the words, “this is just too small” when we start house-searching (whenever that might be).
We often confuse what we need with what we want. It’s smaller than you want it to be, sure, but than you need? Not likely. I can honestly say I was way more miserable in the larger apartments we’ve lived in compared to the smaller ones (but that could have been the pests and terrible landlords, too).
Perceived need (want): Gas range, island, counter space, pantry, range hood, garbage disposal, double sinks.
Actual need: A working stove, oven and refrigerator. And something to balance a cutting board on to use as a countertop.
[btw—what is with the obsession with stainless steel and granite? I just don't get it.]