Kitchens are the one constant in our lives. It would be wonderful if they were the aroma-filled rooms of books and movies or the warm and welcoming hub we like to remember from grandmother’s day. But so often they’re the chaotic centre of family life, the room where everyone congregates and dumps their keys, phones, mail, bills, school bags and homework notes. The pressure to keep the kitchen tidy and workable often dents the pleasure of having family and friends keeping you company while preparing meals. In Focus this week, we explore kitchen options that may make life easier.