Ten Tips to Creating a 21st Century Kitchen
By Kathleen Alessandro
What’s a 21st century kitchen you ask? Well as we are keenly aware, we are in the midst of a total re-think of how we eat, how we work, how we maintain healthy families and how we balance it all. Studies have shown that one of the most important acts for a positive family life is having dinner together. So how can we take the kitchen back from being the dumping ground for paperwork, backpacks and sport equipment and remake it as a comfortable center of nutrition, conversation and the heartbeat of the home?
Start with these ten steps:
- Make the kitchen a clutter free zone – it is only a place for preparing, storing and enjoying nutritious food and a “meeting place” for family members.
- Create a list of the most nutritious foods that you and those in your household enjoy eating; post it in a place where people can add to it so that this growing list helps develop your weekly shopping list.
- Take fifteen minutes and align the weekly family schedule with the menu plan (work/school lunches or how many nights a week everyone is together for dinner).
- Don’t get pulled in by infomercials - Give up on gadgets. Buy tools that last and multi-task (check out busycooks.about.com).
- Donate old worn pieces of equipment hiding in the back of your cabinets.
- Set aside daily kitchen de-clutter time and tasks for everyone in the family.
- Look up – hang pots and pans from overhead pot hangers
- Make a “health snack zone.” Put these foods where everyone can get to them easily.
- Create a lunch-creation station. Include wraps, sandwich bags, lunch packs, napkins, plastic utensils etc.
- Invest in a vacuum sealing machine. Food can be portioned, frozen or kept in dry storage. If you buy bulk this is a “must-have”!
Take a weekend and create your 21st century kitchen – whether you live on your own, with someone else or have a family – your kitchen will be more efficient, more comfortable and all around easier for creativity and maintaining healthy meals, comfortable conversations and family memories.
Kathleen Alessandro is President of Dearborn-based ENERGIZED SOLUTIONS
- Doing more with less in the 21st century www.energized-solutions.com. She is also part of the panel of experts at the Smart Women’s Café, an online community.
Kathleen is a co-author of Focus, Organization, Productivity; Exploring Productivity; and Insights on Productivity Dawson Publishing.