Kitchen Design Gallup NM
Santa Fe, NM
Santa Fe, NM
Rio Rancho, NM
Make Your Kitchen More Efficient
If you’re not eating as healthfully as you should be or cooking seems more like a chore than a fun and simple way to provide nourishment for you and your family, your kitchen’s design and organization may be to blame.
I’ve never given much thought to kitchens. My husband is the predominant cook in our household, so my biggest concern when we built our new home and designed our new kitchen was making sure the wallpaper and porcelain tile coordinated with the cabinets and countertops. Two years and one new baby later, I found myself paying for this oversight in planning.
Not surprisingly, as a full-time writer and a new mother with my husband who cooks speaking the first six months of my daughter’s life overseas, I found myself pretty strapped for time, and it didn’t take me long to realize that extreme organization was the answer to a lot of my new mom troubles, including my inability to find time to make healthful meals for myself.
One of my biggest problem areas was the kitchen. It was beautifully decorated, but it just didn’t work in real life. Sure I had all my pots, pans, and cookie sheets in a cabinet next to the oven and stovetop, but they were all piled on top of one another in cavernous cabinets. And even when I wanted to make something as simple as a bowl of soup or a dish of spaghetti, I had to empty half the pantry closet to find the ingredients because they were all piled on top of and behind one another. Often, it just seemed easier to toss a frozen pizza in the oven.
Bottom line: My kitchen was in need of a makeover.
If you can relate to this kind of scenario, you may benefit from a change as well. And it’s not just about saving time; it’s about making it easier to cook with fresh and healthful ingredients, so you won’t be drawn to the simple boxed pizza in the freezer drawer or worse, perhaps, dialing for take-out.
Where Do You Start?Susan Serra, a certified kitchen designer based on Long Island, New York, and founder of TheKitchenDesigner.org, says you must consider several factors if you want to make your kitchen more organized. “Take a look at what you have stored,” she explains. “Do you need the items you have? Are your cooking and prepping habits centered around how items are stored? And if your cooking utensils and appliances were in an accessible area, would you enjoy using them more?”
Serra says kitchens are increasingly more broken up and divided into work areas. It makes sense, she points out, but you also have to make sure, for example, that a center island used for prepping meals has baking items close at hand and easy to find. “What you want to strive for,” she says, “are accessibility and efficiency.”
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