Yesterday we talked about making space in the house for a parent to move in.
Today, we’re talking about making room.
There’s a difference.
When Dad first moved in, he had a space. He had tubs and tubs of his belongings, all in his room of the house. As he started unpacking, we started looking at ways to make life more enjoyable for everyone. Ways to blend our lives, and make our house one that Dad could feel at home in.
I tackled the kitchen first, because that seemed like it’d make a big difference. This post will focus on the kitchen. Tomorrow we’ll look at the bathroom, and on Monday we’ll learn about storage.
Making Room in the Kitchen
Dad prefers to eat slightly differently than we do. When he was still working, he got up and ate a quick breakfast before heading out on his mail route. He didn’t eat lunch, and then he ate whatever I made for dinner.
Now that he’s retired, he still prefers his quick breakfasts. He eats later in the day than we do, so it works out nicely. He enjoys cold cereal and frozen meals for breakfast, still doesn’t usually eat lunch, and still joins us for dinner.
To accommodate these differences, I chose to make some room for Dad. We have two fridges upstairs, so I make sure there’s always room for Dad’s milk and coffee creamer in one of them. I cleaned out a freezer on top of one fridge, and now he has room for his breakfast meals.
Dad’s a coffee drinker, and we’re not. At first it was strange to see a coffee pot on the counter, but now we’re used to it.
These changes were simple for me to make. As a result, Dad’s more comfortable. He really appreciates knowing that he can bring home the groceries he wants, and that we’ll have a spot for them to go.
How have you made space in the kitchen to accommodate multi-generational living?