When I asked for tips regarding my stand mixer , readers provided lots of good advice. I got so much feedback, in fact, that we may do a story about the versatility of stand mixers.
The comments that resonated most with me were the ones suggesting I keep the mixer close. It's so heavy that if it's not easy for you to get to, you won't use it.
So after baking pumpkin bars  this weekend, I did some rearranging.
I tried moving my microwave to the second shelf of the vintage kitchen cart  (scroll all the way down for a photo) that holds my small appliances, but it woudn't fit. So then I shifted some kitchen implements from one shelf to another on the pot rack shelves Rob put behind my sink  last year.
I put the coffee pot on the lower shelf behind the sink and gave the stand mixer its spot on the counter. I put the mixer's bowl in a cabinet – the machine takes up less space without it.
We'll see how it goes – the coffee pot fits nicely on the shelf and I can get to it easily enough. However, I'll have to get it down when making coffee. That may get old ... or I may just have to ask Rob to do it. He can reach it just fine.
The more I rearrange and cook in our kitchen, the more I love it. Having such a small space forces us to be inventive and get rid of underused items. The pot rack provides hanging space for things I use all the time – can opener, corkscrew and measuring spoons (I just found a set at Beachy's Bulk Foods in Arthur that has larger spoons, up to half a cup). I feel like everything I need is at an arm's length.
Photo is my own, from this morning. Forgive the flashiness - it was still dark outside. And now you understand why I want to paint, right?