Kitchen: The hub of your home

Sunday News (Zimbabwe) - - Soccer Cricket Sport - Amanda Ncube

THE kitchen is the hub of the home. It is sup­posed to be or­gan­ised, en­tic­ing and wel­come to both home own­ers and guests. Whether you have just moved into a new space, or you are frus­trated by the cur­rent ar­range­ment which does not flow quite as smoothly as it could, re­or­gan­is­ing your kitchen can ra­tio­nalise your ac­tiv­i­ties and keep your kitchen look­ing wellordered and tidy. All you will need is some time, a bit of in­no­va­tive­ness and de­ter­mi­na­tion.

This week’s col­umn will pro­vide you with ideas to help you ar­range your kitchen for max­i­mum cook­ing and clean­ing ef­fi­ciency that will mak­ing muck­ing about in the space a lot more fun.

Re­or­gan­is­ing your kitchen does not mean dig­ging deeper into your pock­ets. All you need is to be in­no­va­tive and the first thing to do is to use what you have. This will help you de­ter­mine how to po­si­tion your item. There are items such as stove, sink, re­frig­er­a­tor and ta­ble which are not go­ing any­where. Such large items dic­tate where small items go. The only thing to do is to make sure that these items are cleaned in­side and out. By so do­ing, they can go a long way and make your space pre­sentable.

For your space to be or­gan­ised, po­si­tions should be cre­ated. This may not be a must do but do­ing it will cer­tainly make your space look ele­gant and help­ful to the users of your space. Men­tally as­sign sta­tions for all of the tasks that you do in your kitchen: clean­ing, stor­age, prep­ping, cook­ing, bak­ing and putting food away. This will also help you to or­gan­ise your items ac­cord­ing to tasks. The point is to or­gan­ise the kitchen so that there’s as lit­tle un­nec­es­sary move­ment as pos­si­ble.

Make sure your items are reach­able. Move things around so that what you need is in arm’s reach: Cut­lery and dishes should be near the sink; spices and cook­ing im­ple­ments, whether rub­ber spat­ula or skil­let, should be near the stove; put knives and chop­ping boards near your prep area; store sugar, flour, rolling pins, cookie sheets and stand­ing mixer near your bak­ing area. This again will min­imise un­nec­es­sary move­ment.

Canis­ters are great for stor­ing things. Your kitchen should al­ways be ready for its close up. It should be or­gan­ised. Ar­rang­ing items by size and colour as well as by how of­ten you use them can go a long way to­wards mak­ing your time in this room pleas­ant. — Ad­di­tional in­for­ma­tion from On­line sources.

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