10 Steps to the 5-minute Kitchen Redesign
Every Monday morning my husband, the chef, leaves for work early. I have a ritual of standing in our kitchen imagining how it could be cleared for the week. It’s a small kitchen, so we have limited space and it gets worked hard.
Here are my 10 tips for redesigning your space:
- Fresh kitchen towels. All the towels from the prior week go into the laundry, and I pull out a couple of fresh folded waffle weave or flour sack towels to use for the week.
- Make sure all the hand washing is done and put away. You know those lingering few items that can’t go in the dishwasher? Wash them and put them away.
- Wipe down counter top appliances and put them away as well. Either place them in an appliance garage, or in a pantry. I only leave out the coffee maker because it is used daily.
- You know those spices and oils that sit out near the stove? Put them in a cool location away from the heat. They will keep their flavor longer. And they won’t collect dust.
- Dish soap and scrubbies can be placed under the sink to keep soap scum off the counter and sink itself. I leave out the hand-soap and paper towels so that every square inch of counter is useful.
- Fresh fruit or vegetables on the counter? Place them in a bowl or on a plate so they won’t stain the counter and can be moved easily for more counter space.
- Any yellowed artwork or clippings on your refrigerator? Clear them off and save them in a file somewhere else. Time for new art and inspiration or just a wonderfully reflective surface of the refrigerator that brings more light into your kitchen.
- All newspapers, magazines, mail and cardboard are recycled at our home on every other Wednesday. I use every Monday as the day to separate and place everything in a separate bag for the next garbage pickup day. All the bags go out to the recycling bin.
- The miscellaneous. There are always one or two things that are sitting on the counter because they need replacement or attention. Like a battery or a screw or some sort of adapter. Resolve those issues every week and they won’t end up sitting on your counters for months.
- Give the space a fresh element, even if it’s from your refrigerator drawer like oranges or apples. Squash and herb plants are a great solution as well. And every grocery store has bunches of fresh flowers just waiting for a good home!
Now that all the decks are cleared so to speak, I can think about breakfast, lunch, and dinner preparation in our clean and cleared out kitchen space. Whenever we restyle or reset a room, we clear the space first to help rethink the functionality and flow. This works for kitchens as well.