With an ever-increasing number of cookery shows and the rising popularity of celebrity chefs, it’s easy to get caught up in the latest cooking fads. For example, purchasing fancy branded crockery or investing in the latest stylish food mixer. Those are the items that end up cluttering your work surfaces or gathering dust in the cupboard. They leave a sizeable hole in your bank balance, and your food doesn’t get any better.
Rather than copying someone else’s dream kitchen, think about what would really work for you. Focus on function.
How Do You Use Your Kitchen?
For many of us, the kitchen is much more than a place to prepare food. Often it’s the hub of the whole house. It’s the place we gather as a family, to drink coffee and eat meals. Our kids do their homework on the kitchen table, and our pets find a cozy place to nap. We leave each other messages on the fridge or display our latest achievements.
How do you use your kitchen? Make a list of its various functions. This is a good starting point. If you’re clear on its various uses, you can go ahead and make improvements.
Get Rid Of Anything That Isn’t Useful
Regina Brett advises us to ‘get rid of anything that isn’t beautiful, useful or joyful’. This is good advice, especially in the kitchen. Clutter, as well as being visually unappealing, slows processes and gets in the way of everyday functions. Creating an efficient kitchen often starts with having a sort out and moving things around. Go through everything cupboard by cupboard and discard anything that is no longer useful. Give it to friends, recycle or bin it.
There is no list or rules to advise you when going through this process. It’s a very personal choice. For example, if you’re a coffee aficionado, that large coffee machine on the counter will be vital. If you’re not and it’s just in the way, it’s time to ditch it.
Invest In Equipment And Accessories That Will Work For You
Before investing in new appliances, tools or machinery, ask yourself how it will improve your life. This could be by saving time, bringing pleasure, expanding meal choices, etc. Then ask yourself, whether you intend to use it and if so, how often. If you’re unsure, wait a few days. Are there any other areas you could invest in to bring greater benefits?
There’s nothing wrong with buying new appliances; you just need to ensure that they are useful. For example, if you love home cooked food but are short on time, opt for labor-saving devices such as a convection microwave. This will prepare a roast chicken in a fraction of the time and will also brown it for you. Always shop around and read reviews, such as recent countertop microwave reviews. Dishwashers and slow cookers will also provide you with more time.
If your kitchen is multifunctional, think in terms of zones. For example, you’ll have a zone for cooking and preparing food, an area for washing up, an area for eating and homework, etc. Ensure each zone is as efficient as possible. Large overhead lights will make eating and homework easier, whereas countertop lights will work best for preparing food.
Ensure you have adequate storage space if areas are used for different purposes. Tables with built-in drawers make setting the table a breeze and will remove clutter when the table is being used for something else.
The next time you’re deliberating over whether to buy the latest kitchen accessory, spend some time considering whether it will be useful, what benefits it will bring, and if there’s anything else that will provide greater benefits. When it comes to the kitchen, focus on function.
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