They say that the kitchen is the heart of the home. So, ensuring your heart is functioning correctly is important to the smooth running of your family space. A dysfunctional or awkward kitchen space can leave you feeling restricted, making you want to spend less time in what should be an integral space in your home. But, it doesn’t have to be that way.
So, with that in mind, here are some of the simple ways that you can work to improve your family kitchen. And none of them will break the bank!
When it comes to the modern kitchen appliances are certainly king. From the microwave to stand mixers, it seems there are hundreds of gadgets littering our precious counter space. And worse, we use most of them once in a blue moon. Most of our modern contemporary furniture folds away effectively, so it needs to be the same for all of your appliances too.
Appliances which can be put into cupboards, fold-out of a drawer or whatever inventiveness you come up with, can be the best way to improve the overall aesthetic. If nothing else, it works to give you some much-valued counter space!
Work on the Layout
The layout of the kitchen area can have a huge impact on the feel of your kitchen. You may have a fairly decent size kitchen, but the chosen layout restricts movement and makes it feel much smaller.
If you have the budget, then try and work out the perfect way that your layout can help save space. Perhaps it means moving the countertops to the opposite side of the room, to take better advantage of the space a corner provides. Or you may find that reducing the number of counters entirely is the best option to give you much more needed space.
Of course, you may not have the available money to change the layout outright. Some counters, cupboards and the kitchen sink may have to stay in place. Instead, you can move the furniture around in order to try and save space in that way. The dining table, for example, can really change the feeling of space in a room depending on where you place it. Move it more towards the conservatory, get yourself an extending table or a similar solution to try to make the space work more for your family.
Set the Lighting
Lighting is one of the most important factors in a home. It can improve the feeling of a drab space, making it feel light and bright instead of drab and dreary. If you put enough thought into a room’s lighting then you are far more likely to find it becomes a nicer space to exist in.
In a kitchen space, in particular, it is long past the time when people should be using the same old fluorescent lighting to light the kitchen. Instead, try something new like pendant lighting or ambient lighting which you can adjust depending on the mood of the room. Choose lighting which is both stylish and bright. Or something which is interestingly designed for a little bit different.
Create Good Storage
An extra drawer for drinking cups, your daughter’s favourite spoon and the several-hundred bibs you own is likely a dream of many a family. The fact is that raising a child comes with a lot of gadgets and miscellaneous items in the modern-day. Finding a place for all of this, then, is vital. Storage in the kitchen is exactly what you need in a family home. So, work out the best ways to add this extra bit of space to the heart of your home. You will wonder how you ever did without it!
If you need storage solutions at a low price, then consider using items in different ways than for what they were intended. Magazine files can be used to keep things tidy in your cupboards, for example.
Set a Cleaning Schedule
There is nothing worse than knowing your kitchen needs cleaning. The pots are unwashed, the sides as splashed with pesto, and you don’t even want to think about how long it has been since you mopped the floors. You are in desperate need of a cleaning schedule.
Family life is hectic and it can be especially hard to adapt to when you have small children. A baby makes things like cleaning dishes seem unimportant. Or, often, like a mountainous task which you can’t possibly even comprehend completing in your current state of mind. That is why you need to give yourself somewhat of a schedule.
This doesn’t have to be something which you stick to religiously. It can be as simple as ‘wipe the countertops down on Thursdays.’ This way you’re not forcing yourself into something which seems too exhausting, rather it is just a little nudge to clean the kitchen bit by bit. So, on the whole, it becomes a much cleaner space to exist in.
Ultimately, the improvements you put into place in your kitchen depends entirely on the space and budget that you have. Some solutions are simple, a cleaning schedule for yourself costs nothing.
About the Author
Natalie Wilson is a freelance wellness and lifestyle writer. She loves researching and writing about new wellness trends and topics, as well as keeping up to date with the latest news. When not writing, you can find her taking long walks in the countryside with her dog or browsing her nearest bookstore. You can connect with her on Twitter @NatWilson976.
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