modern kitchen

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.

baking tray in kitchen
Photo by Kari Shea on Unsplash

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?

chopping veges in kitchen
Photo by Mike Petrucci on Unsplash



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.

  1. Does this space suit your design style?
  2. Who uses this space & what for?
  3. Does your kitchen have excellent work space flow?
  4. 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?
  5. Is there enough suitable storage that enables easy access to the things you use most in your kitchen?
  6. Are the most used appliances in your kitchen in good working order?
  7. Is there enough quality task lighting?
  8. Does your kitchen have effective ventilation?
  9. Is the paint work in good condition?
range hood in kitchen
Photo by Annie Spratt on Unsplash


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.

  1. Remove everything from the space that you can, and give the area a thorough clean.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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?
  5. 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.
  6. Take a photo of your newly transformed kitchen and compare the before and after pics.
  7. Celebrate your achievements.
  8. 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]

Jenni XXX

  • Kathy Marris

    I’ve found the best way to declutter your kitchen is when the kids leave home and you can discard (gift) anything you don’t use or want, like pots, pans, crockery and cutlery. It’s worked for me on two occasions! But yes we do tend to collect a lot of kitchen gadgets that are unnecessary. #TeamLovinLife

    • The trick is not to replace items, that have been gifted to others. Sounds like it’s time to do a once and for all purge and find new homes for the stuff you no longer use.

  • I think you might have linked up last week’s post to our Lovin Life linkup Jenni – about dining spaces.

    I had weightloss surgery last year and cooking for me is no longer a big deal as I don’t get much joy from eating or food preparation. It’s a bit depressing really (and confronting as food has been my crutch since I was a 15yr old anorexic!). My current kitchen is functional. It’s an okay size and got more cupboard space than my previous apartment, though I probably do wish I could appreciate it more. #teamlovinlife

    • Deborah, it saddens me to read that you don’t enjoy food, and have battled with this for such a long time. With my qualified social worker hat on, I urge you to talk to your GP about this so that she/he can support you to find a wonderful counselor who can help you to address this. Jenni xxx

  • Alicia-OneMotherHen

    My kitchen cupboards need an overhaul, most of the stuff is just crammed in there and even one of the doors doesn’t close properly! I think it is time I went through and give away things that I haven’t used in a while that are just taking up space.

    • It sure does seem like your kitchen cupboards need some urgent attention, why not make a plan to tackle it this weekend. You will feel so much better once it’s done.

  • My kitchen gets me through! I live in a small unit with my partner, and whilst I’m a ruthless declutterer, let’s just say that he’s not. His last purchase a few months ago was this huge juicer that’s been used exactly twice (on the first 2 days after he bought it), and now sits on the floor in the pantry cupboard as it’s too big to fit on any shelf or in any other cupboard. Sigh. That said, considering how small it is, we do really well with it. I’m always hankering for more bench space, but I’ve got what I’ve got! I love living here, so I’ve done my best to make it look lovely and keep it as free of clutter as I can.

    • I feel for you Linda, I to have a male collector of stuff in the house. We are apartment bound next year, and I’m dreading the battle to get him to unclutter. Are you able to put up some shelves above the bench to give you some more workable room?

  • My blog post this week is the last for a while. Thank you linking up….and I shall be back!! Denyse xx

  • I love my kitchen and all of my appliances. Our ventilation is broken and I could do with more pantry space. Most of all I just need more cash to fund it all!

    • Often, problems with a pantry are more about organisation rather than needing more space. I find that taking some time to move things around will fix the issue.

  • We just moved into our new (to us) home and I’m trying to learn to love the newish kitchen. It’s not my style and is rather impractical in many ways but we don’t want to fork out money right now and it is rather spacious, so I have room to play in the interim. Hubby desperately wants a dishwasher (he does all the washing up) but the cupboards aren’t standard so it’s a 2k plus exercise and I’d rather wait and give the kitchen a complete makeover.

    • If I were your hubby I would be pushing for a dishwasher to. I would suggest getting a kitchen planner in now to make a big picture plan with you, that can be tackled in stages, but still make this space workable right now. Having lots of space to work with is a huge bonus, as it will give you so many more options.

  • Nicole Renzi Roder

    Wow! Now that is a decluttering plan! I’m not sure I have the patience to take every item out, but I really do need to declutter! #mummymondays

    • Making the time to do it all at once is the easiest way to tackle this big job, & once you get started you will be surprised that the smallest of results will encourage you to power through. Focus on the end result, have a picture of your goal to spur you on. Just think, once it’s been done, it will be so easy to keep clean and tidy.

  • I need to get onto this. I have at least 4 more weeks before I can do anything at all but the more that I lie and can’t do anything all I can see is the things that need doing lol …

    • Sounds like the perfect time to plan your unclutter. Make lists of things that you know needs addressing and spend some time looking online and in mags for some inspiration. Fingers crossed you are up and about soon.