Small, But Quaint

I have always wanted to be a homemaker. An awesome, stay-at-home mom who keeps the house very tidy and very cutely decorated, while also being super involved in church and her kids’ schools, also being an amazing hostess with cute get-togethers or parties.

But, I’m not. Sometimes, I get jealous of my married, Mormon, Provo-based friends. They have finished school, or quit school to be full-time housekeepers. They do Pinterest parties, host a ton of parties with a lot of homemade food, create cute crafts for their kids. Not me.

My husband is a full-time student with a part-time job, and I have a full-time job…sometimes, it’s more than a full-time job teaching pre-teens. Which means, sometimes our house is the least of our priorities. A lot of times, dishes gets stacked, clothes lay around the bedroom, and homework and papers are spread all over the living room.

There are some marathon cleaning weekends and we have Sunday to relax in a clean home. But, by Tuesday, another hurricane has visited our humble apartment.

Yesterday, I finally took the initiative to do some deep Spring cleaning. It started with just worrying about the dishes (as we had no clean ones to make dinner with). But, then, I started scrubbing our oven till it sparkled. That moved to the counters, the walls, the floor, everything.  3 and a half hours was spent on our tiny kitchen. Then, I moved on to the rest of our 450-ish square feet apartment. Even the blinds and ceiling fans got vacuumed and dusted!

Our apartment is small, humble, without many decorations. We used what we had or received for our wedding. We are very conscious about saving money for important things because we realize our apartment is a temporary place for a year or two.

But, for all is petite-ness, plain-ness, and lack of space, I do love my apartment when it s clean. It makes me feel at home and like I am a goo house-wife. So, here is my favorite room: my kitchen.

Sorry for the blurry picture.

See how small, but quaint my kitchen is? If you open the fridge, no one can get past. The color scheme is black, white, red, orange, green, etc.

This is on the wall connecting the kitchen to the living room. Justin and I both love food, so it was the perfect wedding gift for us.
Look how sparkly my oven is! I scrubbed and scrubbed and scrubbed the range and the burners. How pretty!


Probably one of our best purchases! It was only about $150. We love our breakfast bar…it fits perfectly in our kitchen and we use it as both a table and counter.


My theme of lives being fairy tales is not only prevalent on my blog, but even in my apartment!


Mom made these curtains for me. They match almost perfectly with the pattern on my apron.

As you can see, we love to cook, so not all our food fits in the above cabinet. We had to have these shelves for our baking stuff.

Small counter space. But it looks so good when it’s clean.

Now it’s your turn. What is your favorite room in your house? How do you manage to keep it presentable with your busy schedule? I want to hear about and see your favorite room in your house! We could all use some advice from each other and inspiration, so share a picture and description on how you were an awesome housekeeper with this room.

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Tayler is a work at home mom. She does free lance articles and dabbles in graphic design and virtual assisting for bloggers. She spent 3 years as a history and English teacher. Her passions are her husband, two children, history, reading, nature, and her Savior, Jesus Christ.


  1. Your kitchen looks great! I too used to live in a very small apartment ( I think my kitchen was smaller than yours and had half the counter space) with no cabinets so I used a bookshelf as a pantry!

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