We all eventually reach that point where it’s time for a bit of a re-do in the kitchen, whether that’s a complete makeover or just freshening up what we already have. Whatever it might be, kitchen projects can be a great joy, as long as you plan, plan, plan!
Here are a few tips:
Edit the Cupboards Make it easier to store and get to things you really need in your kitchen on a daily basis. Get a couple of sturdy storage containers, fill them with anything from waffle irons to large platters or china you only use once a year. Store it all downstairs, in the attic or in the garage or maybe it is time to put them outside on the curb. It makes no sense to reach around these nearly useless items 360 days a year when you can use that valuable space for things you use all the time. You’re not throwing them away. You’re just giving them a place of honor somewhere else. This is perhaps the most simple of kitchen projects, but by far the one that has the most potential to make your kitchen a much more refined work and lifestyle space.
Prep the Pantry While you’re in the neighborhood, it’s also time to peek into your cupboards to see what’s been going on. If you have 2-year-old spice containers, boxes of crackers or cereal that have been opened but unfinished for months, rock-hard brown sugar, odd cans of something you can’t even remember buying and don’t think you’ll ever use, it’s time to find them a new home too. Do consider donating the wholesome canned goods, however. But yes, time to reduce the clutter by ridding yourself of things you can no longer use.
Defrost the Freezer Clean out the ice cube bin, defrost, edit and get ready for ice cream treats and the frozen freezer packs you should always have on hand for packing a picnic cooler or snacks for the road. Consider picking up a half dozen of these handy, reusable freezer pouches, and always have them at the ready.
Stock up the Freezer Now that the freezer is ready to go, it’s time to fill it up! Like squirreling away nuts for the winter, summer’s always full of activities you don’t want to miss out on. What to do? Plan a day for preparing some bulk dishes, such as meat or vegetable Lasagna, or maybe a Chicken Enchilada Casserole . Then freeze them in individual portions or 1-quart containers. Whether you’re out on the lakes, at the park or just lying in a hammock, it’s nice to know you always have some great homemade meals stashed in the freezer, ready to thaw and enjoy when you really don’t feel like cooking.
Sharpen Those Knives You don’t have to spend a fortune on a motorized knife sharpener to get your knives sharp. This is another easy one, as far as kitchen projects are concerned. There are very useful ones most everywhere for under $20. A sharp knife is actually less dangerous to use and requires less effort. You’ll be much happier in the kitchen, and happy is good. Here’s our article on how to best keep your knives sharp.
Organize the Small Stuff Tired of fishing through the drawer, looking for the right utensil, your favorite knife, and a corkscrew or bottle opener? Consider mounting a magnetic knife holder or a decorative crock for your favorite utensils. You’ll always know where they are because you’ll always see them. Come on! It’s a kitchen after all. Make it useful and functional.
Setting the table for an enjoyable summer starts in the spring. We hope you’ll try a few of these rainy day kitchen projects. We know they’ll pay off.