The kitchen is a crucial part of the home – but in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, it seems that many people have rediscovered just how joyful the use of their kitchen can be. Over 90% of people intend to cook as much or more than they did during the lockdowns of 2020, indicating a significant increase in interest with regard to cooking at home. Of course, the kitchen is never the first port of call for renovation or redecoration – and it may be that your kitchen is not performing at its best. Here are four ways you can rethink your kitchen in order to get the most out of your cooking space.
Rethink Your Kitchen Layout
Your first consideration should be your kitchen’s layout. How do you feel about the workflow in your kitchen space? Are you tripping over yourself to throw vegetable waste while cooking? Do you find yourself tracking back and forth across the floor to retrieve, prepare and cook ingredients? Think about the placement of your oven and preparation services with respect to your fridge and sink. There could be a more optimal way to layout your kitchen to save you sweat and improve your workflow.
Refresh Your Kitchen Equipment
Spending money on new cookware and appliances can be difficult to justify when you already have them, and they seem to be working just fine. However, the difference between old and new cookware can be like night and day when it comes to cooking, leaving you to wonder how you ever managed with food constantly sticking to pans. If your pans are all at the end of their life cycle, you should get new induction cookware to increase the quality and efficiency of your cooking process.
Keep Your Kitchen Organised
Clutter is the enemy of a functional kitchen. Get into the habit of cleaning and putting things away after use, and keep objects that don’t belong in the kitchen out and off surfaces. If you’re struggling for storage, there are some unique ways you can create space – including the use of metal bars and s-hooks to hang pans above your hob or metal racks to store mugs and glassware. If you have space for more storage, bear in mind your kitchen’s layout before making any major decisions. You might prefer to have more head-height storage than to lose more floor space to another unit.
Make Your Kitchen Comfortable
Your kitchen can also be a social place to enjoy your home-cooking after use. The seating offers a lot by way of décor as well as comfort, serving to enhance your kitchen’s aesthetic while increasing its potential uses. Rather than introducing a bulky dining room table to your kitchen, consider investing in bar-stools and a countertop island at which to sit.