I had a teeny nook like that in my old apartment; I kept my baking sheets there.
Do I think we can really do it all? It depends on your definition of "all". I'm confident that I can do MY version of "all".
For me, it looks like this:
My house is clean and presentable, although probably still messy with kids' toys. That's okay; I have kids.
My family and I eat a good, mostly whole foods, diet. This includes me making our bread, yogurt, growing kombucha (which I'm in the process of doing for the first time
) and cooking from scratch whenever I'm able. It also includes shopping at smaller local stores, as opposed to grocery giants, whenever I can. (I have a great butcher.
I make useful things for my family. I just finished (in the middle of winter
: ) DD1 and DD2's "winter sets" of hats, mittens and scarves. I let DD1 pick out her own yarn and she really enjoyed watching me make her things out of it. Next year, DD2 will be old enough to pick her own yarn as well.
I'll be sewing a dress for DD1 for her birthday; she picked out the fabric for it.
I think the greatest thing about being able to make some of their clothes is letting them pick out fabrics and yarns and things. The colors they put together kill me sometimes, but DD1's stuff generally ends up suiting her just wonderfully.
I'd love to be able to make MORE of my kids' clothes, but that's not in my definition of "all". I know it's outside the realm of my possibility; for now, anyway.
Here's something that's important to my picture of homemaking, that I don't think we've talked about here. Anticipating my family's needs. For example, seeing that DH has two pairs of socks that are starting to wear thin, and either replacing them or darning them, before he needs to ask me to do it. Or, seeing that DD1's room is getting a bit out of hand and picking her toys up for her, before that happens and she gets overwhelmed. Knowing that DDs are going to want to play in the yard all summer long, but that our yard lacks shade...so, ordering a gigantic number of sunflower seeds to make a forest for them
Things like that, that we kind of do under the radar, that no one might notice at first, or for a while. But, you know, they'd notice if these thigns DIDN'T get done.
If DH had a ton of holey socks, or if the girls were sunburnt from playing out of the shade, or if there was no bread to make a sandwich with on a Sunday afternoon...
I think those are the types of things that are most important to me, and to my vision of doing it "all".
Add to my vision my full time job, owning and operating the business DH and I started together 8 years ago.... Yeah, it's a full plate.
: I love every dish on it, though