Right back at the beginning of the Home series, I talked about the impact your living environment has on your health and wellbeing. So far, your entrance way, dining area and living rooms have all been under the microscope and have hopefully now enjoyed some tender loving care. This week, the focus has now turned to your kitchen. Which regardless of your skill or enthusiasm for cooking, can become a place that you enjoy spending time in.
In modern homes, the kitchen has become the hub of the home. It is no longer is a room that is tucked away from the central living spaces. Where females of the home would spend hours, each day beavering away to provide soul food for their families. It is now the norm for the kitchen to be the hub of open plan living spaces. Where male and female, young and old spend time preparing food to nourish their souls.
I’m no budding master chef, but even I know that a great kitchen needs to be all about the layout and storage. Because, it is this rather than the shiny gadgetry that will enable your kitchen to function well. Yes, I too have read the many articles which state that the kitchen is the biggest sink hole of money. When you walk around show homes it’s easy to see why those comments are made. This does not mean that we all must spend the big bucks, to have a kitchen that we love. Some imagination, planning and elbow grease is what’s needed to make your kitchen a better place. Are you up for the challenge?
It’s time to cast a critical eye over your kitchen and take a photograph of this space. This will help you see the space as it really is. Then, take some time to ask yourself the following questions, which hopefully will give you a great starting point for your kitchen revitalisation.
- Does this space suit your design style?
- Who uses this space & what for?
- Does your kitchen have excellent work space flow?
- Are there different work area’s in your kitchen that enable more than one person to be in there at the same time, doing something different?
- Is there enough suitable storage that enables easy access to the things you use most in your kitchen?
- Are the most used appliances in your kitchen in good working order?
- Is there enough quality task lighting?
- Does your kitchen have effective ventilation?
- Is the paint work in good condition?
TIME FOR ACTION
Now, it’s time to get stuck in and give this space some tender loving care. Reinventing it into a space that you are happy to have as the hub of your home.
- Remove everything from the space that you can, and give the area a thorough clean.
- It’s time to unclutter your kitchen. Sort through everything that was emptied out of this, only keeping the utensils and appliances that you regularly use and are in good working order.
- If you don’t have a clear picture in your mind of how you would like this space to look. Spend some time in your favourite interiors stores, in magazines or on Pinterest getting some inspiration.
- Now it’s time to address any alarm bells that were set off, when answering the above questions. When doing this remember that it’s not about just throwing money at the project. It’s about thinking outside the square. Seeing what can be re-purposed from the things that was already there, or from somewhere else in your home?
- Once you have done all you can with what you have already have, it’s time to compile a wish list of things you would love to acquire when the time and budget allows.
- Take a photo of your newly transformed kitchen and compare the before and after pics.
- Celebrate your achievements.
- Share the before and after photos on the Unclutter Your Universe Facebook and Instagram pages or add your comments in the section below.
Next week it’s all about the bathroom. If there is anything about the bathroom that you would like me to discuss. Drop me a line at [email protected]