Your kitchen is often the heart and soul of your home. It's where many homeowners spend a significant amount of their time - preparing meals for friends and family, trying out new recipes or just gathering their loved ones for a glass of wine and a conversation. Doesn't it make sense to keep the kitchen as up to date as possible?
Here are some tips to make your kitchen the very best it can be:
The last thing you want in any room is clutter. Having too much stuff - especially stuff that you don't use - can make your kitchen feel overwhelming, not to mention add frustration to the cooking process when you have to spend 15 minutes digging through a mountain of assorted pots, pans, and cutlery to find your pasta strainer.
Take a day and go through all the cabinets, drawers and closet space in your kitchen. The goal is to get rid of anything that you don't use on a regular basis; tools that you use weekly should stay readily accessible in the kitchen, tools that you use once in awhile should go into storage and tools that you haven't used since the first "Harry Potter" hit theaters should get boxed up and donated.
One you've eliminated the extra clutter in your kitchen, set up an organizational system that makes sense for you. Keep the pots, pans and tools that you use more often towards the front of your shelves so you can easily grab them when you need them. Have separate spaces for different types of kitchen tools (like one drawer for serving utensils, one drawer for everyday eating utensils, and one drawer for special occasion cutlery) so you know exactly where to find things when you need them.
Spending time decluttering and organizing your kitchen might take some dedication at first, but the amount of time it will save you in the long run will make up for it a thousand times over.
2. Invest In New Gadgets
If you're a person who really enjoys being in the kitchen, investing in new gadgets can not only make the cooking process more enjoyable for you (and up the quality of your dishes), but it can also save you time and energy while you're preparing meals, leaving you more time to relax and enjoy the people you're cooking for.
Functional tools, like a garlic press or a vegetable spiralizer, will save you tons of time on prep. If you're a baker, investing in a stand mixer can make your doughs and batters come together better and give you a much smoother end result. If you don't have a ton of time to cook during the week, a Crock-Pot will allow you to throw a few ingredients in, leave it all day and then come home from work to a hot, home-cooked meal.
When you're investing in kitchen gadgets, it's important to spend some time really thinking about what you need and what you'll actually use. A high-tech blender is certainly impressive, but if you're not the kind of person who's making smoothies on a daily basis, it's just going to take up space on your counter and create more clutter.
Identify your needs, then invest in gadgets that are going to fill those needs and make your life in the kitchen easier and more enjoyable.
3. Do Some Redecorating
If your kitchen has had the same look for years, a few simple decorating updates can make it feel like a whole new space, which can a) make you want to be in the kitchen more and b) inspire a new energy that you bring to your cooking.
When it comes to redecorating, you don't have to do anything drastic like invest in new granite countertops or replace all of your cabinetry. Small changes like a fresh coat of paint, new bar stools for your island or new decorative accents can completely change the look and feel of your kitchen.
If you're looking to make some changes to your kitchen, these tips will help you maximize your space and get your kitchen experience on point. So get in there, make some changes and start cooking!