How to make your kitchen flow
Last Updated on Friday, 14 December 2012 02:48
Written by bkshowplace
Saturday, 15 December 2012 08:30
We’ve all been in this situation before: You are on vacation at a time-share at the beach, or a cabin in the mountains…or you’re visiting some friends and cooking in their kitchen, and you can’t find the utensils, pots, pans, spices–ANYTHING you’re looking for. It’s all in the wrong place. Drawers are too big, too small, pots and pans seem to be far away from each other, and the glass ware is above the refrigerator–WHO DOES THAT? Right?
If you’re grinning, and nodding your head with awareness, It may be that you have the same sense of annoyance with your own kitchen. What we’re talking about is the concept of “flow”.
We all work differently in the kitchen, and we all have habits. The way we “flow” from task to task can either make cooking and cleaning a pleasure or a pain. If you’re a family, it can make meal-time and clean-up a dreaded task or a time of ease and sharing. When considering kitchen redesign, consider this:
- Where do you keep your most used appliances? Are they cluttering much-needed counter space because there is not a large enough space to store them?
- Are your day to day dishes, cups and flatware mixed in with serving spoons, special occasion china and flatware, making it a mess to sort through?
- Do you find that you’re often turning around, bending, stooping, bumping into appliances, drawers and cabinets because your kitchen area has no rhyme, reason or flow, or because your space just doesn’t seem to make sense?
- What are your kitchen activities? Think on this. When you cook, what are your first, middle, and last steps? Do you clean as you go? Do you need ample counter space for prep work? Do you enjoy having a wine rack close by so you can enjoy wine with friends as you cook? How often do you use spices, and how organized are they? How many meals do you cook, or do you often grab and go, or reheat leftovers?
- Is your kitchen the command center of your home? Do other members of your family assist in cooking and cleaning? Would optimizing your kitchen’s “flow” make them more likely to help, or make this easier?
These questions and considerations are the “tip of the ice-berg lettuce” for making changes for the better!
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