1 small refrigerator/freezer, a hand-me-down from my sister
1 electric oven with a 4 burner gas stove on top
4 cabinets on top and 3 on bottom, and 2 cutlery drawers
1 23" sink that has seen better days
44" of counter space on one side of the sink (dairy), which holds a toaster oven and a plastic dish drainer
15" of counter space on the other side of the sink (meat), which holds nothing because it's too small
That's it. No island, no dishwasher, not even a microwave. There simply isn't any room. And because I have to fit all my pots, pans, utensils, gadgets, paper goods, and non-refrigerated foods into those 7 little cabinets, I have to keep the number of pots, pans, utensils, and gadgets to an absolute minimum. No food processor, no blender, not even a blech. Again, there simply isn't room.
Keeping kosher makes this a lot more complicated. A kosher kitchen must have two sets of pots, dishes and utensils; it must have storage space for an additional two sets of Passover things; and it must withstand the extra cooking that is required by large families and by frequent Shabbat and holiday meals. I have long given up having guests over for meals. It is possible, but not very enjoyable, to cook large meals in such a cramped kitchen. Serving multi-course meals is also difficult, because I must constantly shuffle things around to keep the used dishes out of the way while I prepare/serve the next course. And washing stacks of dishes by hand after a big meal is a drag.
That's not to say that we don't eat well around here. We do, thank God. But it does require an extra bit of planning. And because it is important for Jews to always have hope, I have not given up hope that one day I, too will have the luxury of two sinks, a larger frig, more counter space, and (yes, Raizy, dare to dream!) a dishwasher of my very own. Ani Ma'amin.