Whether you cook three times a day or just once in a blue moon, simplifying how your kitchen looks can make your life easier and less stressful.
The kitchen has always been the site of gatherings. The next time you host a party in your home or attend one, take a look at where everyone goes. You will find out that many people will congregate in the kitchen. Consequently, you will want your kitchen to be neat and tidy. This makes it presentable for company and easier to find things when you need them. When your kitchen is streamlined, you will optimize your ability to find and use the tools you need whenever you are cooking or serving.
Part of streamlining your kitchen is to make your home easier to keep clean. The fewer appliances, dishes, and utensils you have in your kitchen, the less amount of time it will take for you to clean the room. You do not want to have to keep moving rarely used appliances out of the way to clean behind them or try to find somewhere in which they can be stored. The less time you take to clean your kitchen, the more time you will have for the things that you would really rather be doing.
A streamlined kitchen is also an efficient kitchen. If your cabinets are only filled with cooking and serving essentials, you will be able to find things with greater ease. When a recipe calls for you to use a measuring cup, you will be able to quickly lay your hands on the needed item without delay. Making efficient use of your kitchen space requires you to get rid of unnecessary cookware, serving pieces, and especially appliances.
Take stock of every item in your kitchen. Start with the drawers and the utensils inside. You might have gotten a great set of fondue forks at your wedding, but ask yourself when was the last time you used them. If any item you come across has not been used within the last six months, it will only collect dust and you should get rid of it. The one exception would be for items of extreme sentimental value such as a set of china or a special holiday serving dish.
Once you have gotten rid of the items you do not use you will find that you feel more relaxed in your kitchen. Clutter can cause stress in people without them realizing it. A neat and clutter-less kitchen will allow you to more thoroughly enjoy your cooking space.