Bathrooms might be important in their own way, but the kitchen is the room of the house that no other can rival. From where the food is made to the place where everybody tends to gather for the day, kitchens receive plenty of traffic and fall victim to plenty of chaos. Despite the joy a good kitchen can bring, an unkempt and cluttered one can offer the biggest headache, especially for those who are in the process of moving and unpacking. Fear not, though– your kitchen is still your favorite! Consider these tips to reduce the stress associated with unpacking, stocking, and cleaning everybody’s favorite room.
The Order of Operations: Pack Last to Unpack First
When your movers are loading the moving truck, they usually place all of the boxes going to the kitchen in last so that they will be the first boxes that are unloaded and unpacked. This action avoids losing perishable foods and makes it easy to take a lunch break in the middle of unpacking. Seeing as this is the most important room of the home, it is typically unpacked completely first.
A Necessary Purge: What to Toss and Why
You might have noticed that you had a lot of junk when you were individually wrapping glasses and plates in newspaper. Moving presents itself as the perfect opportunity to part with fabricated movie promotion glasses, old plastic dishes that collected more dust than use, and really anything that you find yourself shaking your head at. This makes room for useful and new items and saves plenty of space in the cabinets as well as time unpacking. Take the time to purge before your move.
Maximize Your Food Storage
Not every home comes equipped with a pantry, but that is more than alright. Excess wall space makes for the perfect spot to install wire baskets to hold fruit, cereal boxes, and cans. Eliminating the junk drawer from your new home results in an extra spot for clearly labeled spices, something that improves kitchen efficiency and neatness. Countless other options exist, too, and allow for your creativity to ensue.
Keep Similar Items Together
Nobody enjoys maneuvering around the kitchen when cooking unless it is a simple trip to the fridge and one trip to a designated pantry or cabinet. This is effortlessly avoidable by keeping like items together, so baking pans should reside in one space and be in proximity to baking ingredients, including flour, baking powder, and sugar. Other like items include:
- Grilling utensils, including tongs, brushes, and spatulas.
- Pots with their lids.
- Storage containers, their lids, storage bags, aluminum foil, and plastic wrap.
Important Utensils to the Left; Unimportant to the Right
You might use a slotted spoon quite often, but the barbecue tongs probably receive about two months of use. As a result, place the utensils that you do use in one drawer or hanging rack close to the stove. The ones that do not get used as frequently should be placed together for when it is their time to shine. This stimulates kitchen efficiency and avoids fighting with a non-closable drawer after a long day of moving.