You may look at your kitchen as a place to cook and eat, and that’s it. While those things are certainly important functions for a kitchen, it can be a lot more than just the basics. Your kitchen impacts your dental health and overall health more than you think, from your water quality to how your pantry and refrigerator are stocked and organized. If you’re looking to create a healthier setting for your kitchen, these steps can make sure that your place to cook and eat is organized to promote a healthier lifestyle.
Put A Plan In Place To Make Your Kitchen Shine
You’re walking in your kitchen and you decide that now may be a great time to give it some love and care.
With 2021 coming in, many are looking to start the New Year anew, and that just doesn’t mean yourself, it also applies to your home, especially the kitchen. The thing is, many see the kitchen as a place to just cook and eat, and not much else. However, the kitchen can be transformed into a sense of place that can really make it stand out from the rest of your home.
Before you embark on a plan to remake your kitchen, however, you must first have a plan of action as to how you’re going to make it happen, and also a plan as to how you will make your kitchen healthier. Take a look around your kitchen and see what needs to change and plan it. If you’re looking for a renovation of your kitchen, contact contractors and get a good quote for how much it will take to transform your kitchen.
A plan for a healthier kitchen also extends to your meal habits. For the New Year, consider planning out your meals ahead of time, and keeping the week’s; menu on a whiteboard or chalkboard so the family can see what’s for dinner. Keep space open on your board so that family members can write their suggestions for what to include on the night’s dinner, or make a suggestion for diner night themselves.
Having a healthier kitchen requires having a great plan that will transform your kitchen it a vibrant and healthy space.
Create A Beautiful Design With Your Food
You want to make your kitchen more than just a place to cook and eat, but you’re at a loss as to how you want to do this? The answer may lie with your fruits and vegetables.
Not only are fruits and veggies good for you, but they can also bring vibrancy and life to your kitchen. The colors of fruits and vegetables can really spruce up a kitchen and add color to it and creating a beautiful and super-cute design on your kitchen counter will give your kitchen that “WOW!” factor.
Fruits and vegetables aren’t the only foods that can bring out a kitchen that’s looking a bit drab. Organize your appliances so that it will give off a chic, fun look to your kitchen, and make it feel homier. The best part about this tip is that it doesn’t cost you a dime to reorganize your countertop to help make your kitchen stand out. Well, maybe the grocery bill for the fruits and vegetables.
Bring The Outside Into Your Kitchen
When you thumb through home magazines, you see kitchens that feature an assortment of plant life that brings vibrancy to the kitchen.
This is called “bringing the outside in,” and it’s something you should consider doing if you want a healthier kitchen. That is, of course, if you have a kitchen that brings in a lot of sunlight, and some kitchen may not. That reason is also why you may want to invest in a renovation of your kitchen, to bring in more sunlight that will make it brighter and cheerier! Not only that, but you can grow certain herbs within your new sunny kitchen. Growing your own herbs is not only healthy, and will give your home a sense of place, but it will also save you money as you won’t have to buy those herbs at a store.
Improve Your Water Quality
Water is an important function of your kitchen, which is why you should do everything that you can to keep and improve your kitchen’s water quality. Unfortunately, up to 85% of U.S. households have hard water, which can leave unsightly stains on glassware and your cast iron pans. Even worse, hard water can cause things like hair breakage and hair fall, dry skin, and may even affect your teeth. A water softener system can help to restore your water quality. Consider installing a water purification system to your kitchen and bathroom faucets, too, to help keep germs away.
Choose Non-Porous Countertops
In addition to your table, one area of the kitchen that you will be using a lot is your countertop.
With the countertop getting so much usage, you should invest in making sure that you have one that is non-porous. Kitchen countertops are used for everything, from storing things to preparing food, and if you’re renovating your kitchen, what you should want in a new kitchen is for the countertop to be sturdy and strong so that it will last you for a long time. No one wants a porous countertop that may need to be replaced in a few years, so request the contractors renovating your kitchen to build your a countertop that will be long lasting.
Invest In Appliances That Make Healthy Eating More Convenient
You may be reading this headline and wondering what does appliance has to do with healthy eating?
Well, simple, it has everything to with eating healthy. Having the right appliances and keeping them working will keep your food fresh, and reduce the risk of having them spoil. Your food will also taste better, which will make it more practical for you to store healthier foods like fruits and vegetables knowing that it will stay fresh longer. If you have appliances that need repair, don’t hesitate to contact a specialist that specializes in appliance repair services to make the needed repairs to your appliances.
Keep Your Pantry And Fridge Organized
To make a kitchen healthier, it has to be organized.
There is nothing nerve-racking than an unorganized kitchen, both in your cabinets and in your fridge. Having an unorganized kitchen can make preparing meals longer as you will spend a certain amount of time hunting down the ingredients needed to make your dish. It can also make eating healthy impractical, given that you won’t be sure which ingredients are where in your kitchen.
As you embark on a New Year, do a deep clean of your pantry and fridge and throw out any items that look old or you don’t use anymore. Then, reorganize your pantry and fridge to make it easier to obtain items from both. By doing this, you will cut down on cooking time as you won’t have to go on a scavenger hunt for items and make your kitchen friendlier and healthier for your family.
Make Your Kitchen Cooking-Friendly
The main function of a kitchen is to prepare meals, but if your kitchen is set up to a point where it’s inefficient, it could very well throw off the balancing of your cooking.
Take a look around your kitchen and see if it’s cooking-friendly, and if it isn’t, then you may need to embark on a kitchen renovation to make it more compatible with fixing meals. Now, when we mention a renovation, we don’t just mean rebuilding the kitchen. A kitchen renovation doesn’t even have to involve tools or knocking things down. A renovation can mean simply reorganizing the things in your kitchen that will make it more friendly to cook.
Maybe your knives are in a spot where it’s hard to reach them? Or your blender is on the opposite side of the kitchen that requires a bit of a walk to reach? These things can make a kitchen inefficient and hostile for cooking, so reorganize and move them to a place where you can easily reach them, which will save you a lot of time in the kitchen preparing meals.
Make Your Kitchen More Comfortable
Being comfortable in the kitchen will go a long way to making it healthier.
It is a known fact that you will be doing a lot of standing while you’re in the kitchen, so you will, naturally, want to make sure you’re wearing comfortable socks and/or shoes while you’re preparing dinner. Also, you may want to invest in a soft floor mat for areas where you’re going to be standing the most. Tile looks incredible in a kitchen, but it isn’t the most comfortable flooring to stand on, especially for long periods of time. So head to a department store and by a cost-friendly mat that you can place in the areas in your kitchen where you will be on your feet the most.
Also, you may want to buy a nice apron that will protect your clothes from unexpected splashes of water or oil. You don’t want to mess up your clothes while your cooking, and aprons can go a long way in protecting them.
Repair Leaks ASAP
You walk into your kitchen and you see water on your floor. This is the result of leaks in your plumbing. You should make sure that the plumbing in your kitchen is taking care of instantly. Those leaks can cause water damage to your kitchen and also damage the air quality within it with mildew and other germs released in the air. To control leaks, call plumbing services that can come out and rectify the problem. Also, invest in stainless steel clamps for your pipes, which will help stop the leak in your home before it gets worse.
Bring Light Into The Kitchen
A dark kitchen can be drab and uneventful, which is why you should bring light into the kitchen.
Having great lighting is needed to make great meals, but you may not want the lights to be so bright when you’re eating. INvest in inexpensive mood lighting so that you can adjust the lighting in your kitchen so that you can set it for bright when you need to cook and dim it some once you and your family is at the dinner table eating. Your kitchen lighting can be so much more than an on-and-off switch, it can be a thing that will perfectly set the mood within your kitchen and make it healthy.
In conclusion, going into 2021, you may want to look at your kitchen in a different light than you look at it now. Yes, it’s a place for cooking and eating, but as we explained earlier, your kitchen can be so much more if the time and effort are put into making it a space that can bring your home to another level.
Making a healthy kitchen is essential to making that space a sense of place, and a third of homeowners who made renovations to their kitchens lived healthier than before. The tips outlined above will go long way into creating a space not just for cooking great meals, but for being a place that the family and friends can hand out in. First, make sure that you have a plan in place to create the healthy kitchen of your dreams, then go forth and execute it.
Make sure the water quality within your kitchen is good and soft and isn’t hard. Hard water can create spots on your dishes that will be hard for them to cleanout. If you use your countertop often (and more often than not, you will), choose one that is non-porous and that will last you for a while. Make sure that leaks are repaired ASAP and that your pantry and fridge is organized so that it will be easy to find ingredients and make it cooking-friendly.
By following these steps, you will be able to transform your kitchen into a happy, healthy one that will be great for the health of your family.