You, me and the kitchen sink

5 June 2010
This is one last Kitchen Sink post.  It is from Liz, who sent the photos and info some time ago but it didn't arrive at my end.  Anyhow, I'm delighted to present Liz's kitchen today - another small, cosy and efficient kitchen by the look of it.  Thanks Liz.

She writes:  "I am 25 and live in Portland, Oregon, USA. I am still at a very mobile stage in my life and have lived a lot of different places in Portland, but this apartment is by far my favorite! I will be so sad when I have to leave it. Here is my kitchen sink right after I've washed a big batch of dishes! I love doing dishes by hand, and this is a great sink for it. The window over the sink faces south, so it's always full of light and allows me to look over my backyard and the garden that I share with my upstairs neighbor. My apartment is part of a big Victorian house and I am on the ground floor, so I also have a backdoor (to the left of the sink) that goes straight into the backyard. I love doing dishes and looking out over my garden and the one in the adjoining yard. Right now it is early spring in Portland and you can see I have just cut some of the first flowers for vase on the windowsill. I have lots of hyacinths, tulips, lilies, and daffodils blooming along the back fence right now.

You can see my little compost bucket just to the left of the sink, I have a big bin in my backyard, into which go kitchen scraps from my apartment and my neighbors', my boyfriend's apartment a few blocks away, and from the kitchen at my office. You can also see the plastic bag full of more bags to be washed- I always reuse produce bags and take my own with me to the store. The white holiday lights stay up year round, as standing at the sink after dark blocks the light from the ceiling lamp- the holiday lights give a lot of extra light to help me see what I'm doing, and I think they're very attractive too! The white cleaning rag over the middle of the sink is cut from an old towel- old pieces of towel are used only for cleaning countertops, the stove, etc. to keep them separate from the ones used for the dishes. This kitchen is such a pleasure to work in, it's small but pretty with lots of storage place, and the big two-basin sink which I really appreciate!

I keep a blog on my own efforts towards simplicity, sustainability, and healthy living. The link is I also wrote a cover story last year for Mother Earth News magazine about my upbringing on a self-sustaining homestead. The link to that article is You have to click separately on the image gallery link for the photos."