Turn on any real estate or home improvement show and you hear the phrase “the kitchen is the heart of the home”. It is always declared from a brand new, spanking clean kitchen with prepared food everywhere but not a dirty bowl or cooking pot in sight.
The fact is your kitchen can become a depressing point of your home because there is always something that needs doing, something that isn’t as clean as it could be and a dinner to be cooked. How can you get to the point where you put a meal on the table at dinner time without existing in a halo of chaos and jobs to be done that make relaxing impossible?
Invest in a few mod cons.
Some kitchen appliances are expensive and messy and contribute little to your home, fresh fruit juicer anyone? Others are vital time and energy savers. A hand held blender to make a quick soup or homemade sauce for pasta can be more useful. Think about what cuts out effort for you, not something for the sake of it that you then have to clean around all the time.
Change your old kitchenware around.
That grainy chopping board that’s so hard to clean. That tin opener or knife that takes an age to get the job done. That pan that always gets eggs stuck to it.
Pick out the top three items in your kitchen that are slowing you down and draining your energy and replace them.
Don’t stress about getting expensive replacements, just something that works better will free up your time and improve your kitchen.
Have a separate drink and snack area.
Nothing causes more aggravation in a kitchen than people messing the place up just to make a hot drink or a sandwich. Constantly wiping down and being distracted doesn’t help when you are trying to free up time for bigger jobs either.
Instead of this constant hassle get a large tray or board and put that out as a work surface for members of the household to make a mess of. At the end of the day, you can clean it up in one go. Also if you have guests come round, unexpectedly you can only move the tray rather than have to start cleaning up a whole day’s worth of mess.