4 Myths Keeping You From Getting the Most Out of Your Kitchen.
Is the fire gone from your romance? Are you ready to spice things back up and rekindle the passion? No, I am not talking about your love life. I’m talking about your kitchen. Do you hate your kitchen? Are you finding yourself lusting over your neighbors, or are you having a love affair with take out?
I believe that everyone should love their kitchen. It’s a place where memories are made, and where family and friends gather. But, something happens along the way where your kitchen becomes just another room. Life happens. Kids come, jobs change, and you’re just not happy with the best room in your house.
So what do you do? If you watch one of the hundreds of remodeling shows on HGTV, you would think you would have to spend tens of thousands of dollars to get your dream kitchen. But, take heart! You can spice up your kitchen with just a few little things, and with little cost, by debunking a few myths.
Myth 1. “I have to spend thousands of dollars to get my dream kitchen.”
Unless you have money coming out of your eye sockets, or just want to be trendy, then read no more. But for the rest of us normal schlubs, we have to work with what we’ve got.
This is easier than you might think. First, clean it. Yes, clean your kitchen from top to bottom. It might take a while, but you will be amazed out how much cleaning will revitalize your kitchen. Afterwards, upkeep is just a few moments a day.
Next, organize it. This is as simple as putting your most used spices within reach. Also, keep your cutlery handy. Try to keep everything within a reasonable reach of your stove and prep area.
Myth 2: “My Kitchen is too Small.”
Hogwash. The phrase, “Size doesn’t matter” most assuredly applies to ones kitchen. Why would someone want a huge kitchen anyway? It only means you have a lot more cabinets to keep organized, which leads to more clutter. So in reality, you’re only creating more work for yourself.
Now, I am not against big kitchens as long as they function by the “3-5 Steps” rule. This means that everything you need for cooking…sink, fridge, pantry, stove and prep area, must be within 3-5 steps of each other. This rule makes any size kitchen functional to the cook. Plus, keeping your kitchen clean and organized will add depth to your kitchen you never thought it had.
Myth 3: “My Kitchen Needs to Look Like a Professional Chefs”.
No it doesn’t. Why? Because it is your kitchen. You make it into what you want it to be. Fill it with family photos, art deco, or whatever else you want. Mine is pretty plain Jane. I have some photos, a little art, and a place for my ipod.
Myth 4: “My Kitchen Needs to Look Like a Model Kitchen”.
Unless you are planning on selling your house, then no. A kitchen is meant to be lived in and to look like it is being lived in. Trust me, my kitchen told me this. (Or I could have been hallucinating from eating one too many red hot chili peppers.) Clean and organized, yes. Perfect, no.
The point to all this is, with a little imagination and elbow grease, you can have your dream kitchen with very little money. Always remember, make your kitchen a place you want to be in. Spend as little or as much money as you want, just as long as you are happy.
Below you will find pictures of my kitchen.
What do you do to make your kitchen functional? Thanks for reading.
Keep on rocking!
Rock Star Dad