Whether moving into a new home or just moving into a newly remodeled kitchen, moving is a long and tiring process. You spend weeks, sometimes months, planning and obsessing over the smallest details of your move so that there are no surprises (or shocks!) on moving-back-in day. However, there are a few things you can do even before the move to make sure that you have your new kitchen up and running in no time at all. We have selected 5 tips to assist you with this process.
Before the move sort and select
Remove all the stuff out of your kitchen cupboards and place them in the center of the room. Take a deep breath and throw out unnecessary items that you haven’t used for years – yes, wedding china, we’re lookin’ at you. Pots with missing handles, broken dishes and chipped glasses go into the “toss” pile. Items that are in good condition can be donated to charity. That extra toaster you didn’t need, the popcorn popper that you never use, the pasta measuring tool that has never seen the light of the day in your home are all perfect for the donate or sale pile.
After the move, think about how you want it to look and get organized
A new kitchen is like a blank slate and offers you the perfect opportunity to completely change the way it looks, the way you cook and eat food. Dumping your stuff in the nearest cupboards may get the job done faster, but it is going to cause you trouble in the long run. A well-organized kitchen makes cooking easy and fun for years to come. Paint it now, if you’d like, before you begin moving forward. Designate specific zones for preparation, cleaning, baking, cooking, storage and so on. Make a note of how you want to arrange your stuff and what goes where.
Organize your dishwasher and sink area
The counter should be kept clean and as free of objects as possible. This is where your design comes in and should be able to help you utilize storage space in a way the utilizes countertop space. Your daily glasses, plates, coffee mugs, dishes and dish towels should be stored in cabinets closest to the dishwasher and sink. This makes it easier to put them away after washing. Your cleaning supplies and dishwashing products should go under the sink.
Organize your Utensils
Cooking utensils, pans and spatulas are best stored in cabinets next to the store and oven. The spices, oils, and seasonings that you need on a daily basis should also be stored somewhere nearby and easily accessible. Remember to label the tops of your cans so that you can easily locate the one you need.
Organize your Baking Supplies
Knives and chopping boards should be stored near your prep area. If you do a lot of baking, store flour, sugar, baking powder, measuring cups and spoons, mixing bowls, and rolling pins near the baking area. Separate shelves for snacks and goodies, canned goods, cooking supplies etc. so that you can easily tell when you are about to run out of some item you may need to replace.
For the first few days after moving, you can choose to label all your drawers and cabinets with sticky notes so that everyone in your family gets used to where things are stored in your new kitchen. You can take them down once everyone is familiar with the new space. That’ll make house, your home.