If your kitchen doesn’t live up to your expectations, update it for comfort and style 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 that are not related 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 – pans, pots, pans and lids.
- Baking utensils – cookie trays, cake pans, cake pans and muffin pans.
- Accessories – coffee maker, toaster, food processor, bread machine and mixer.
- Kitchen tools – vegetable peeler, egg cutter, thermometer, corkscrew, manual can opener, box grater, cutting board, rolling pin, strainer and sieve.
- Utensils – spoons, forks, spatulas, tongs, beaters, pastry brush and roasting utensils.
- Crockery, glassware and cutlery – plates, bowls, cups, glasses and cutlery.
- Pantry items – spices, herbs, dry products (flour, noodles, etc.), canned and bottled products (soups, Worcestershire sauce, etc.), vinegar and oils.
- Refrigerator and freezer items.
- Items under the sink – wastebasket and cleaning products.
- Take the organizers out of the cabinet make it easy to keep similar things together and provide easy access to items in the back of your closet. (Available at many home improvement stores).
- Steel expandable shelves double space in your shelf area. (Available in Bed, Bath and beyond).
- Wall shelf systems Free up counter space and make it easier to grip necessary utensils when cooking. (Available at Stacks and Stacks, IKEA, or home improvement stores).
Check back soon for the next installment of the Neat plan.