If you’re like most families, you probably spend a good percentage of your time in the kitchen. This is one of the central hubs of any home, making it worthwhile to spend some time creating an efficient design that works for your needs. Whether you’re moving into a new home or simply looking for ways to make your life easier, it’s worth taking a look at redesigning the kitchen. The best kitchens will provide you with ample workspace, easy access to the gadgets you use most, and a warm, inviting atmosphere. No matter what size of kitchen you may be working with, the following are a few ways to get started.
One of the most common problems in the kitchen is simply having too many objects on the countertops. Create extra space by clearing away any appliances you don’t use with frequency, and reorganize shelves and drawers to make utensils easy to find. More frequently used items should all be kept within close range. It may be easier to purchase dividers for drawers that can help you group your utensils and gadgets according to size and frequency of use. Free up overhead cabinetry by placing plates and bowls in drawers, and use sliding shelves to provide more space.
Break Down Kitchen into Work Stations
If you have all of your ingredients in one section of the kitchen, and all of your pots, pans, and utensils tucked away together in another section, you may want to rethink this system. One way to make your kitchen far more convenient is by grouping similar items together. For example, if you like to bake you could create a baking station in the kitchen. This could include measuring cups and spoons, baking trays, and common ingredients all on one shelf for easy access. Creating a chopping station with your knives and cutting boards in one area will make cooking more convenient. A beverage station is an easy way to allow family members to come into the kitchen and grab a quick drink without getting in the way of the cook.
Buy the Right Accessories
There’s nothing wrong with purchasing new gadgets and accessories to use in the kitchen. Yet be sure that you’re purchasing the right ones to make your life easier rather than creating more clutter. Appliances that do double-duty or accessories that can be tucked away into an existing kitchen nook will make your kitchen more convenient. This could include tools like water coolers, which provide both cold and hot filtered water on demand.
Built-in chopping blocks or griddles can also make life easier in the kitchen, creating a worktop that doesn’t require any separate surfaces to get the job done. With an instant hot water tap, you can do away with the need for a separate kettle and reduce the time it takes to boil water while cooking. Look for tools like these that can streamline your cooking process.
By breaking your kitchen down into activity stations and purchasing the right accessories to complement your lifestyle, you’ll be able to make it an attractive, efficient centre of your home.
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