16 Space-Saving Tips for Bakers With Small Kitchens
Your spices are lost deep in the cabinets, your Silpat is hidden underneath layers of baking sheets, and where is that measuring spoon?! Listen, we’ve been there. It’s tough. It’s called tiny kitchen problems, and while all your baking tools may fit (sort of), making a small kitchen functional for hardcore baking is another story. We tackled the living room, but this next post of our small space series is focused solely on how to organize and fix up your small kitchen to suit your baking needs. Read on for our space-saving tips below!
1. The Hang of It: For a pretty, bohemian display, hang your large cooking utensils, pots and pans that are normally hard to find in the cabinets. Fair warning: Your takeout delivery person might miss you, because you’ll def start cooking and baking more often. (via My Domaine)
2. Pastel Oven: If your tiny kitchen is mostly white, bring in brightly colored accent pieces — like this blue pastel oven — to create visual interest. (Photo via Vintage House Daylesford)
3. Go Bright: Rugs aren’t just for the living room. Create a pop of color in your kitchen with a bright rug in front of the sink. It will make cleaning all those mixing bowls that much better. (via Apartment Therapy)
4. Behind Closed Doors: Use hooks behind cabinet doors to hang up your KitchenAid pieces. Also, clear containers work wonders to help bakers easily see which ingredients are where. (via Julie Blanner)
16. Above and Beyond: Take advantage of storage space above your kitchen cabinets. Put items that you don’t use as often in decorative boxes and simply pull out a stepping stool when you need to grab something from up high. (via New York Times)
Bakers, what does YOUR ideal kitchen look like? Share your space-saving tips for the kitchen below!
It can be intimidating to step out on your own and build a business from the ground up. As part of our collaboration with Office Depot, we're talking with Selfmade alum and solopreneur Colette Lawrence, the faith-based motivator and relationship builder behind The M.E.E. Movement, about ways in which women in business can find success.
B + C: How did you know M.E.E. Movement was your business to start?
The M.E.E Movement represents motivation, empowerment, and encouragement for women. It is what represents me. I did not know at first that it was my business to start, but then the thought of monetizing what I loved came to me. It scared me, however. I registered the business in July 2020 and have been slowly building my wings since.
B + C: What's one strategy that's helped you start your business?
Thinking through and researching what the requirements are to start my business, and then asking questions of people who are in the business. Not all advice worked; however, it helped me to figure out what I needed to do and not to do.
B + C: Did you always know life coaching would be your entrepreneurial path?
(Smiles) No, I did not. I 'stumbled" on it. I knew that people were always coming to me for advice and I found that I loved having conversations with them, especially with women, young and old.
B + C: What was your most valuable takeaway from Selfmade?
My most valuable takeaway was the first day of training: Get out of your own way. There were a lot of great moments and important takeaways from every presenter. However, getting out of my own way, pushing past doubts, was for me my most valuable takeaway. Doing something that I had never done before took courage. If I do not focus on what is happening with me mentally then I cannot deliver to my clients successfully.
B + C: What's one piece of advice you would give to female entrepreneurs on the brink of starting?
Get out of your head. You have something to offer. You have what you need to succeed so go ahead and do it.
B + C: How do you stay motivated?
I stay motivated by listening to music and listening to motivational speakers, and sometimes someone will just reach out and talk about the impact that I made in their life. That adds the extra juice or sauce I need to pummel through the day.
B + C: What's your best organizational tip?
Keep a diary and journal. It's the best way for me to keep organized and it also provides a source motivation as I record not only my "losses" but my wins as well.
B + C: Who inspires you in the entrepreneurial space?
Shirley Toliver – She motivates and empowers and makes me always want to show up.
B + C: What has receiving the Office Depot scholarship to Selfmade done to help you start or grow your business?
The scholarship was a blessing in that all the areas that were covered offered valuable information that I needed, from social media to HR. As a new business owner, I needed to know this to increase my own personal awareness in what it takes to run a successful business. The candidness of the presenters made it easy to see myself in their shoes and helped me to realize that I can also get there.
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