For some, the kitchen can be an uncomfortable place to be in. It is often the room in the home with the most activity, the most mess, and rather than being a place to enjoy the creation of food it can easily become a place of stress and frustration. And this can be a problem as there is no way to avoid using a kitchen in your day-to-day life. Fortunately, you can easily make changes that will get you back to enjoying your time spent in the kitchen.
1. GET IT ORGANIZED
Working in an organized kitchen is a real joy. Which makes the opposite a complete nightmare. Clutter can cause a spike in the stress hormone cortisol according to an All Recipes article on how to love your kitchen more. And if there is one room that clutters easily it is the kitchen, especially if you have a family. Fortunately, all you have to do is dedicate around 30-minutes a week to de-cluttering the counters and cooking surfaces, and another 30-per week to organizing your cupboards and fridge. And if you keep this habit up, soon having an organized kitchen will be part of your routine.
2. KEEP IT CLEAN
Aside from being pleasant to work in, a clean kitchen can prevent food-borne illnesses, maintain the shelf life of your kitchen appliances, and keep you safe. Make it a habit to clean as you go, and make sure to wipe every surface clean with a kitchen cloth and a water-diluted hydrogen peroxide mix. A guide published on HomeServe Living notes that diluted household bleach solutions, along with soap and water, will help kill germs and viruses, notably in hotspots like food prep areas and on taps. Make sure that you wipe clean any spills or food splatters on your oven and the surrounding areas, with Reader’s Digest recommending that you do so immediately as the spill will be still warm and easy to remove. As for the kitchen floor, make sure to mop it daily and give your kitchen a thorough cleaning at least once every other week.
3. STOCK UP ON ALL THE RIGHT TOOLS
Having all the right tools ensures efficiency and safety. It can also save you from the irritation that comes with, say, using a dull knife or having everything stick to your supposedly nonstick pans. Kitchen tools should be an investment that last you a long time. For instance, rather than using cheap knives that will blunt and break easily, Food Network writer Tamara Green recommends buying a good quality chef’s knife. This is because it is the most used utensil in the kitchen and as it is easier to sharpen it will be much safer than a knife with a constantly dull blade. A good quality knife will also give you a sense of pride and ownership in the kitchen, making the cooking experience much more enjoyable.
4. SET THE AMBIANCE
Ambiance is a mood setter, and can directly impact how often you stay in your kitchen. That said, give your kitchen a makeover that’ll suit your personality. Repaint it with your favorite hues, install adjustable lighting, or turn it into a hi-tech kitchen if you wish. In short, do what you can to turn it into your own space. Add as much personal touch as you please, even if that means adding unique lighting fixtures or wall decor. The key takeaway here is to make the kitchen a place you’d want to spend lots of time in, but without sacrificing functionality and safety.
5. INCORPORATE AN URBAN GARDEN
Growing greens indoors has been shown to stave off stress, elevate moods, and improve your cognitive function. With that in mind, start growing your own herb garden in your kitchen with the help of AVA Byte, a compostable plant pod that grows just about anything with a push of a button. In this way, you'll have both a mood booster and stress reliever right in your kitchen. Not to mention, our article on ‘Urban Herb Garden: Save Money, Boost Your Mood, and Eat Your Decor’ details that there are many benefits to growing your own indoor herb garden, such as having a ready supply of fresh herbs that will help you save money.
A kitchen should be a place where you can relax and enjoy the preparation and cooking of meals. If you find that your kitchen is causing you stress we hope our tips will help.
About the Writer: Jonileah Button is a culinary arts graduate with varying levels of experience in the kitchen. She started as a cook in a restaurant, and soon worked her way up to sous-chef for various four-star hotels. She retired in 2019 and is planning to open her own restaurant in 2021.