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Kitchen Remodel Ideas

The kitchen is often the main focal point of a home. If your kitchen is outdated, you might be thinking of a kitchen remodel. There is no need to hire an expensive professional, however. With a little time and patience, you can do your kitchen remodel yourself. If you are careful, you can actually remodel your kitchen and save a lot of money in the meantime. Here are some tips and ideas for your do-it-yourself kitchen remodel: Update Instead of Demolish Instead of ripping out all of your cupboards and cabinets, consider updating the existing cabinets. Sand them down and stain or paint them and replace the hardware to give your cabinets a fresh and updated look. You might be surprised how much difference a fresh coat of paint can make. Salvage To save money and stay environmentally friendly, consider getting your cabinets and building materials second hand. You could salvage some of the materials from a building that is abandoned or being torn down, or from a business or apartment complex that is closing ...

 


Keeping a Chaos Free Kitchen

As one of the most frequently used rooms, it’s no wonder the kitchen is often the most cluttered area in your house. So is it possible to get your kitchen free of clutter in only 15 minutes? It is if you have a plan. Begin by giving the area a quick look to get an idea of what you have where and what needs to be put away. When you’re ready to begin, start at one end and work your way around the room. Stay focused on the item you’re currently handling and don’t get side tracked when you see something else. To keep you on track, split your kitchen up into sections, making sure you’ve identified three sections in which you will spend 5 minutes (and use a timer if you need to, to help keep you moving forward). Counter space is the first thing to consider. It’s likely cluttered with appliances, mail, empty containers, non-spoiling food (such as spices and cereal), etc. The general rule is that if you don’t use it daily, it doesn’t need to be display...

 


Kitchen Workstation Series #4: Leftover Station

In this series we teach you how to organize a kitchen that will work for you, not against you, by setting up work stations. Leftover Station: After a meal, you'll need a place where you can wrap it all up, so grab storage containers to put away all the leftovers. There are many good ways that you can store your leftovers for later. Whether you use plastic containers, plastic bags, or just put the food on plates and cover with plastic wrap or foil, you will want all those items conveniently located somewhere between the dinner table and the sink. If you take them out and have them ready, you'll be packing away your leftovers much faster and easier. There are many storage bins you can install inside a cupboard or pantry door to stock boxes of storage bags, plastic wrap, and tin foil so it's easy to access. If you use plastic containers, you'll want a shelf or bin nearby to keep them in. You want to grab a container and spoon in the leftovers right from the table before you set the casserole in the si...

 


Kitchen Workstation Series #6: Odds and Ends Station

In this series we teach you how to organize a ketchen that will work for you, not against you, by setting up work stations. The Odds and Ends Station: Some stations aren't part of the cooking, exactly, but many families find their life centers around the kitchen in other ways, and a station needs to be set up. You may want a coffee or tea station if that is your ritual in the morning. Many people also use their kitchen to sort mail and keep the family calendar, or a grocery list, or a to do list, or just to keep messages so they know where everyone is going. Everyone has supplies for washing dishes like soap and sponges. And many people also use thier kitchen's storage space to store other cleaning supplies, such as the mop, broom, buckets, scrub brushes, dusting rags, and all the polishes and other sprays. Designate one place to hold everything so you're not running from room to room just to polish a few mirrors or wipe up a floor. Get a few buckets or carry-all type containers to keep items for speci...

 


9 Ways to Organize Your Pantry

If you haven't organized your pantry in quite some time, the best way to start would be to take everything out and start from scratch. This way you can take stock, toss items that are out-dated, and donate items that are still good but you know you won't use. Give the pantry a good cleaning, and then begin. You should now be looking at just the items you plan on putting back in your pantry. #1: Plan Your Strategy How do you want your pantry to look? Of course, you may not have a huge walk-in style pantry, or even a full size pantry closet. We may be talking about a row of cabinets or even shelves. Whatever you have in your kitchen to store your food and other kitchen items, for this purpose, is called a pantry. The good news is, even without a fancy pantry, you can have great storage and a very functional pantry area. Start by looking at magazines, on Pinterest, and around the web for unique designs. But, most importantly, look for inspiration to create an organized pantry for your particular needs...

 


Kitchen Workstation Series #3: Baking Station

In this series we teach you how to organize a kitchen that will work for you, not against you, by setting up work stations. Baking Station: A baking station will be your best friend if you are someone that likes to bake. Keep your electric mixer, bowls, rolling pin, parchment paper, measuring cups, and spoons all together in a cupboard near your work station. You'll want quick access to utensils when you need to scrape a mixing bowl or measure out some flour so keep your mixing spoons, rubber spatulas, and other baking utensils in a canister on the countertop so you can grab them quick. Before you begin your baking project, go ahead and move the baking powder, baking soda, flour, and sugar from the pantry to your baking station. That's where you're going to want them. Of course, you'll want your pie pans, cake pans, cookie sheets, and cooling racks handy, too. Timers are another necessity when it comes to baking. Set up your baking station by filling it with all the things you keep reaching for when...

 


Kitchen Workstation Series #1: Food Prep Station

The first step to organizing your kitchen is to develop work stations. Having your kitchen organized in this way results in making your kitchen work for you, not against you. When you can take the fewest steps to get to what you need, all the cooking and cleaning becomes much easier... and even can be enjoyable! Let's take a look at arranging your kitchen stations for the most convenient way to work. Food Prep Station: The most convenient set up for your food prep station is next to the sink. You will want to keep your knives, cutting boards, and colanders for rinsing in this area. What else do you need at a food prep station? Paper towels are handy, you may also want to keep bowls to put the prepped food in as you go. Try keeping a 'scrap bowl' to hold the peelings, rinds, fruit pits in to take out to the compost bin or other wet garbage. And, dont forget, you'll need a good selection of cutting boards. Choose a variety that you can keep track of for use with poultry, meat, produce, and bread and ...

 


Top 12 Ways to Create the Perfect Outdoor Kitchen

Outdoor kitchens are the new must-have in outdoor decor but what makes it go right up and over-the-top? A little charcoal grill sitting on a slab of cement just doesn't do it anymore. Picture your dream kitchen in your house and use your imagination to figuratively tear down the walls. Let's take a look at what you might create: Man-Size Grill - Show a man a barbecue grill catalog and you might as well quit talking because he probably won’t hear much else that you have to say. There is something ingrained in a man who grills that makes them want the biggest, most fantastic "make-your-neighbor-jealous" grill known to man. Shop around for the best features and match them to the best price. There are a wide range of options, so keep shopping until you find the one that's right for you. Pizza Oven - Custom built pizza ovens are becoming more and more available to the cook-out aficionados. Many of these are gorgeous, some coming direct from Italy. They make such amazing creations that you can expect a...

 


Kitchen Workstation Series #5: Washup Station

In this series we teach you how to organize a ketchen that will work for you, not against you, by setting up work stations. Wash Up Station: Have you thought about what kitchen items you should store in which cabinets? Using cabinets that are conveniently located will make your kitchen run much more smoothly. For example, use the cabinet above your dishwasher to store items such as dishes and glasses, and use the nearest drawer for silverware. If you find you have extra head-space in your cabinets, use kitchen organizer shelves to utilize this extra space for small juice glasses, coffee mugs, or even tiny dessert bowls and such. By keeping the items you use most often close to the sink or dishwasher, you'll be more likely to get the dishes washed and put away simply because it's easier. If you have to cross the kitchen with piles of dishes and glasses to put away, you'll probably end up putting that chore off until later. Of course, you'll need a variety of cleaners, soaps, scrubs, and sponges and d...

 


Refrigerator Organization Tips

When you think about it, one of the most often used areas in the kitchen is the refrigerator. So, it makes sense to organize this space just like you would your pantry and cupboards. You can even go further than that; think about your refrigerator like your clothes closet and use the same organizing techniques you would for scarves, jewelry, gloves, or other small items. Let's take a look at the basic arrangement and then move into some clever ways to best utilize the space you have. The Best Basic Arrangement: Start by grouping similar things together, such as lunch items, snack items, fruits, vegetables, dinner items, leftovers, and condiments. If your refrigerator has adjustable shelving, use this to your advantage and organize your refrigerator to your individual needs. If you end up with one tall section and only a couple items in it, use stacking bins to take up the rest of the room so the full height and width of the shelf is utilized. The lowest drawer is typically the coldest part of the refri...

 


Tips for Organizing Your Spices

There is a lot to be said for an organized array of spices and seasonings. When you're cooking, it saves time and trouble to be able to reach in and grab what you need. And, it really helps eliminate those 'spice disasters,' such as putting paprika instead of cinnamon in your oatmeal. Begin by doing some research on how you want to go about designing your spice area. You may choose to keep them stowed in a cabinet, on the counter in a neat display, on a magnetic strip, or in a creation all your own. However you choose to arrange them, you will want to have your plan and any equipment you need before you start. Designate Area and Choose Equipment: The first step is deciding where and how you want to store your spices. If you have ample counter space you might decide to keep them out in the open. But, if you are short on space, using a small cabinet or a section of a larger cabinet might work well. A great way to store your spices is inside the door of your pantry or cabinet with a narrow spice rack. Y...

 


Creative Ways to Organize Your Kitchen

It is truly amazing the things we throw away every day. Many of these simple items we think of as garbage can be used in clever ways to store all sorts of things. And the best part is you don't have to spend a dime! Here are a few of our favorite ideas for turning trash into useful containers for your kitchen organizing projects. Wine Boxes = Gift Wrap Storage You can get sturdy cardboard boxes that wine and other liquor is shipped in from your local big store or liquor store for no cost; just ask. You'll find most stores are happy to get rid of them. Otherwise, they have to break the boxes down and dispose of them, which is just more work for them. Leave the dividers intact, and cut the flaps off the top of the box. You can decorate the box if you like or just use as is. Now your wrapping paper has a place to sit pretty and upright like it should. You can also store ribbon in the other divided sections and even store scissors and tape, too. You know the box is sturdy because it was used to hold ...

 


Kitchen Workstation Series #2: Cooking Station

In this series we teach you how to organize a kitchen that will work for you, not against you, by setting up work stations. Cooking Station: This is the station where you will want to keep your pots, pans, spatulas, big spoons, and hot-pads close for easy access while cooking. Use your oven's storage drawer, along with the nearest cubboards. If your choices for storage are very limited, look into buying clever organizers specifically designed for cooking equipment. There are also storage options that hang or mount to the wall or inside the cabinets or on the countertop. You may also consider a small rolling cart to house your cooking equipment. The good thing about rolling carts is that you can easily move them out of the way when you're not using it. And don't forget your favorite seasonings and spices need to be handy while cooking. If you have room in a cupboard near the stove, install a 'Lazy Susan' organizer. You'll find inexpensive plastic styles that fit most cabinets. A small rack can easi...

 




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