Like decorating the tree and the house for the season, I love preparing for our special Christmas Eve dinner - the meal as well as the table - linens, china, silver, place cards.
Unfortunately, I never find the same enthusiasm when it comes time to put the scene in reverse. Somehow the excitement I felt just a few days ago, as I unboxed china, searched in doors and doors for table linens, place card holders, and special serving piece, has been replaced with a feeling of drudgery. In my rationale for putting the task off until today, I have concluded that the reason for this delay and less-than-festive attitude could easily be resolved. If everything had a place - a designated place for every item - then I'm sure I would return the china, glasses, candlesticks, and everything else with a cheery smile on my face.
My solution to turn this gloomy face into a smile would start with storage.
But my fantasy storage is not 'in' my kitchen - I want a ROOM - not just
a pantry or a closet.
I'd design a clever little entrance - maybe like this...
or maybe even more grand, like this, where I can actually 'see' what is stored.
Certainly, glass doors would not be optional.
Oh, another grand idea - a ladder to help me reach those top shelves.
I'd make sure to plan some extra tall spaces for those items
that never seem to fit anywhere.
My trays would have their very own display niche, too. No more stacking!
My room would have a little sink for watering my plants and a sunny window
to make them smile. And, of course some extra counter space
for my "I don't know where to put this" / "I'll just set it here for now" items.
My table linens would not be forgotten.
No more standing over the ironing board pressing table linens. I'd have a special place just for a rotary streamer - maybe not in your fantasy,
but I really do enjoy ironing.
I would smile and wear strands of golden ornaments while I sat in my
fancy chair admiring my special room.
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