A Sneak Peek of How an Obsessive-compulsive Mom's Kitchen Looks Like

May 24, 2015

Forty degrees Celsius.  It's official!  Summer is here and we're stuck at home.  Who in the world would like to get toasted under the scorching sun?  I don't know.  All I know is that this summer season in the middle east has just started and it's going to become even worse once the month of August kicks in.  In short, no outdoor activities for our family in the mean time.

That's  fine!  I prefer the hot and dry season of Abu Dhabi rather than the rainy season in the Philippines.  I don't like rain.  It stresses me.  Honestly, rain scares the hell out of me.  And it's all because of my traumatic "Ondoy" experience.  Good thing we are living in a place where rain only happens once in a blue moon.  That's enough to give me peace of mind.  Thanks God!

Since we're home bound (meaning either my sister or my husband can look after Rafa for a while), I took the opportunity to keep my self busy organizing our kitchen.  Don't get me wrong, I love taking care of Rafa.  It's just that I, being the wife and the only OC (obsessive-compulsive) person in our house, am expected to always keep the house clean and maintain it that way.

Our kitchen is pretty simple and minimalistic. All we have here are just the things which my husband and I deem necessary. Just the basics, nothing ornamental. (Wondering what the high chair is doing here? That's our little man's throne as he watches mommy/daddy cooks. He loves watching LIVE cooking show!)

I  never really knew I had OCPD until I accidentally stumbled upon this link where I took the test out of curiosity.  The result showed I scored the highest (86%) for obsessive-compulsive personality disorder.

"Obsessive–compulsive personality disorder (OCPD), also called anankastic personality disorder, is a personality disorder characterized by a pervasive pattern of preoccupation with orderliness, perfectionism, excessive attention to details, mental and interpersonal control, and a need for power over one's environment, at the expense of flexibility, openness, and efficiency."      - Wikipedia

Top:  The blue bag contains all tools.  Bottom (L-R):  Face masks (personal protective equipment for infection control especially that we have a baby in the house), Skyflakes container (used to hold all miscellaneous items like tapes, batteries, etc.), first aid kit (this item is essential in emergency cases that's why it is placed in a common area where everyone has an easy access to), and medications (I used a shoe box to hold all prescription and over-the-counter drugs for common illnesses)

Grocery items go into this cabinet.  Obviously, we love hot and spicy tuna!

My favorite and most frequently opened cabinet in the kitchen containing all my breakfast essentials - oats, sugar, milo, and skimmed milk powder.  We do have coffee and tea for visitors as well.

Our ref is being overloaded with too much magnets.  Blame it on my sister who loves collecting these kind of stuff.  Anyway, noticed that white piece of paper?  That's the guideline for storing/thawing breast milk.  I'm one proud breastfeeding mama!  To the right are just the condiments which you would usually find in every person's kitchen.

SPICES.  When I was still single, all the seasonings that I knew of were just salt and pepper.  After getting married to a master chef, I was introduced to basil, rosemary, thyme, paprika, turmeric, and many other spices I've never heard of.  Thus, this!  (All the jars in this cabinet originally contains Bonne Maman jams and jellies which we later reused to house the incredibly numerous spices that my husband uses for cooking.)

COOKWARE and BAKEWARE.  We don't own a set of stylish and matching cooking pots.  It was a mutual decision for me and my husband to just pick a few pieces which we consider necessary for cooking.  That way, we don't get to spend extra on things we don't really need.  It works for us.  Maybe because we're both minimalist and frugal, so style becomes the least of our priority.

UTENSILS and SILVERWARE.  I want our kitchen countertops to be always clean and free from any clutter that's why utensils and silverware are kept inside the drawers.  We used drawer organizers from Home Center to keep these items in order, not to mention it also helps in making things more visible and readily accessible.

GLASSWARE and FLATWARE.  My husband and I had only one criterion when we went shopping for these items -- it must be plain/simple.  We want our glassware and flatware to look generic in terms of design so that it will be easy to find a replacement in case we break a few pieces.

I hope informing you beforehand of my OCPD would help in making you understand the reason behind the photos of how our kitchen looks and why it looks just like that.

Wondering if you might have those OCD tendencies too?  Check out this 10 signs you might have obsessive compulsive disorder.

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