If your kitchen doesn’t live up to your expectations, update it for comfort and pizzazz by following the steps below.
- Take stock of the purpose of your kitchen. Is it for cooking, baking, eating and storing food? If so, move all items unrelated to the purpose of your space (such as papers, magazines, tools, etc.) to other, more appropriate rooms in your home.
- Identify the main categories of items that will be kept in your kitchen. For example:
- Cookware – frying pans, saucepans, pots and lids.
- bakeware – Cookie trays, tart pans, cake pans and muffin pans.
- accessories – coffee maker, toaster, food processor, bread maker and blender.
- kitchen tools – vegetable peeler, egg slicer, thermometer, corkscrew, manual can opener, box grater, cutting board, rolling pin, strainer and sieve.
- Utensils – spoons, forks, spatulas, flip-flops, whisks, pastry brush, and grilling utensils.
- Crockery, glassware and cutlery – plates, bowls, cups, glasses and cutlery.
- pantry items – spices, herbs, dry goods (flour, noodles, etc.), canned and bottled items (soups, Worcestershire sauce, etc.), and vinegar and oils.
- Refrigerator and freezer items.
- under the sink items – Trash can and cleaning products.
- pull out cabinet organizers make it easy to keep things together and provide easy access to items in the back of your closet. (Available at many home improvement stores.)
- Steel extendable shelves double space in your shelving area. (Available in Bed, Bath and Beyond).
- wall shelving systems free up counter space and make it easier to grab necessary utensils when cooking. (Available at Stacks and Stacks, IKEA, or home improvement stores.)
Please come back soon to see the next installment of the cleaning plan.