Whether you’re moving into a new home or have recently renovated, setting up your kitchen is always one of the more exciting tasks that awaits you. Getting the environment, equipment and amenities right can make a palpable difference to the quality of the food that you create. Just as importantly, getting the mix right can make a significant contribution to the ease and speed of the work, which will save you endless amounts of time and stress as you go about the daily ritual of preparing meals for your family. Here are a few tips that will get you on the path to your perfect kitchen:
Who Wares It Best?
A new kitchen is the perfect excuse to update the tools of your trade. Throw away those old, worn pots and pans and invest in new equipment to revitalize the daily food preparation. The best quality cookware will enhance your cooking experience by preventing food from sticking, distributing heat evenly over the surface for greater consistency and easy washing. Best yet, the good stuff will last you for years without scratching, wearing or staining, saving you money in the long run.
Islands in the Stream
If you have the space for it, a kitchen island can be your best friend. The extra counter and storage space will give you greater flexibility and freedom, as well as help to keep the kitchen looking tidier. If You don’t have the budget to build-in an island, there are plenty of portable options that can be wheeled in, out or around depending on your space requirements.
Clutter is one of your worst enemies in the kitchen and you need a functional kitchen. There is nothing worse than that claustrophobic feeling of having no counter space, no room to move and never being able to find what you need. If you’re tired of contorting yourself into the tiny space between the blender and the rice cooker just so you can chop a few vegetables, then there are untold thousands of handy kitchen space saving ideas online that can help you out. If you or anyone else in the family are handy with a hammer and nails, many of these are exceptionally DIY friendly and don’t have to cost you an arm and a leg. Give yourself some room to breathe, and you will take a significant amount of stress out of your life.
Get in the Zone
Believe it or not, there is an entire science around setting your kitchen up to maximize productivity. This involves dividing your kitchen up into five work zones: consumables, non-consumables, cleaning, preparation and cooking. The theory goes that if you store all your foods and items in or as close as possible to the corresponding zone, and align the zones themselves to optimize workflow, then you can drastically increase your speed and efficiency.
If your cabinets are a constant, chaotic mess, you will know too well how much frustration they can cause. Organizing your cabinets is an art unto itself and will revolutionize your life. Once you experience the joy of being to find and extract whatever you need quickly and easily, you will wonder why you never made the effort in the first place. Good quality containers and a clear labeling system will also help you establish and maintain a system for the long term.
Whether you’re upsizing, downsizing or remodeling your kitchen, you probably spend more time in the kitchen than any other room, so it really does pay to spend some time planning it out so you can cook with ease.