Reasons to Simplify your Kitchen
Updated: Feb 13
Each one is different, but in nearly all homes the kitchen is likely to be the hub of activity and the room that has the most traffic running through it.
We can spend a considerable amount of time here each and every day. It's primary purpose is for storing, preparing, and often consuming the food that nourishes us and keeps up going. But it's also the place to make a cup of tea or coffee, a natural gathering place for conversations with friends and family, a quiet place for homework and art projects and often ends up as a collection place for all sorts of things. It serves as a home command centre for the family - all activity seems to run through it.
Given its significant role in our lives, it's no wonder the kitchen can contain a lot of stuff. But too much stuff can prevent it from being utilised properly for its primary purpose, and working at its best to support us and our family.
A simplified space with room to cook and that is easy to maintain makes a big difference in your life. I know this because it's what I did in my own home, and from helping hundreds of other women in their homes.
If you have ever visited a kitchen showroom or flicked through an interiors magazine and felt a bit of kitchen envy, its probably more the simple, uncluttered space that is the attraction, rather than the expensive appliances, worktops or units. There is a reason why display kitchens only have minimal appliances and items on the surfaces. It's the space and cleanliness that makes them so inviting, but you can give your own kitchen the same feel by decluttering.
The kitchen is a busy area of the home, and it is very easy for the clutter to creep in, bit by bit, without you really noticing - even if you don't cook. Their flat spaces are inviting places to dump our stuff as we enter our home and pass through the kitchen. Without regular attention, its easy to let all sort of things pile up an interfere with your ability to cook a meal or just enjoy being in your kitchen.
Junk mail, groceries, school bags, contents of emptied pockets are mixed amongst the everyday collection of dirty plates, mugs and cooking supplies. When a space in our home becomes a collection site for 'stuff' more and more things begin to make their way to it. Kitchen worktops too often end up serving this purpose.
Kitchens are one of the more difficult places in the home to keep clean, tidy and uncluttered, but it is definitely possible and worth the effort.
Here are some reasons to simplify your kitchen.....
Sets your day off in a positive way
A stressful start can often set the tone for the rest of the day. Our morning routines should energise us, rather than drain us. But mornings can be hard when we have so much to do and limited time to get it done in before we have to rush out of the house for work or school runs.
Kitchens can be the area where the stress starts (especially if you wake up and still have yesterdays mess to deal with). We rush around trying to make breakfast, pack lunches, make sure we have every we need for the day at work or school, whilst trying to get a couple of sips of tea or coffee down us before we rush out of the door - leaving the kitchen looking like a bomb has gone off.
The day has barely begun and we already feel stressed and overwhelmed. That's no way to start your day and it certainly does not allow you to make the most of it.
Simplifying your kitchen will make your mornings easier. A clutter-free kitchen means less stress, less anxiety and less time needed in the morning - which will benefit everyone. Your mornings will run more smoothly and you will feel more in control of your day, rather than the day controlling you.
You will be healthier
Simplifying your kitchen will give you more space and inclination to cook. A cluttered, chaotic and untidy environment is likely to deter you from cooking healthy, nutritious meals on a regular basis, and so you are more likely to reach for the quick, processed, ready meal or take away which will affect your health and energy levels. The kitchen and dining area are essential in creating and maintaining our good health as our energy levels are dependent on our ability to absorb nutrients from food.
Cluttered and chaotic environments - such as messy kitchens - can influence snacking behaviour.
When you feel in control of your kitchen (and your life) you are more likely to be intentional about what you are eating, and also to implement good habits such as meal planning.
Your home will be healthier
Because the kitchen is one of the main areas of the home, keeping it clean, tidy and clutter free will set the tone for other areas of your home. A messy kitchen also attracts germs and dirt. There is a difference between messy and dirty, but a cluttered kitchen is much harder to keep clean.
Reduce stress and overwhelm
As well as the morning routine stress that a cluttered kitchen can cause, cluttered surfaces (all over our home) also contribute to physical stress. There is a direct link between high-stress hormone levels and a high density of household objects. Clutter increases stress as physical objects compete for our visual attention and the more physical distraction in our environment the more stress that we feel.
Save you time, energy and money
Simplifying and decluttering your kitchen means less time spent looking for things and less time cleaning and tidying.
You're more likely to go and get another clean plate or mug from the cupboard rather than to quickly rinse one that is already out when you have cupboards full to choose from, ending up in piles of washing up.
An organised kitchen makes it much easier to find what we need when we need it, and reduce wasting money on buying things we already own.
A disorganised kitchen can sap so much of your time and energy, both of which can be better spent doing other things.
Calm kitchens and dining areas are an opportunity for families to spend quality time together on a regular basis. Meal times at a table create valuable down and connection time in our busy lifestyles.
If you have children, I believe its also important to get them involved in tidying up after a meal - which is hard to implement when there is too much chaos around and you can't give clear instructions to enable them to help.
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