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Whether you’re moving into a new place, moving out of home for the first time, or simply ready for a complete overhaul, stocking a new kitchen from scratch can be a daunting task. Though you have a lot to organize, this is also an exciting time – you get to design your perfect kitchen setup. If you do it right, it will serve you for years to come.
To help you on this noble quest, we’ve gathered six tips that will set you off in the right direction.
1. Pick the perfect cookware
The best induction cookware can be used on induction, electric, and gas hubs, making it the most versatile cookware on the market. So, even if you haven’t yet upgraded to an induction stovetop, it’s worth investing in a stylish induction cookware set.
These pots and pans are strong and durable, with top-quality non-stick surfaces. As a bonus, they also tend to be the prettiest pots and pans in the store, meaning you can use them as a design feature in your kitchen.
2. Plan your prepware
Here, you don’t need to go crazy. In fact, it’s best to take on a minimalist mindset when it comes to prepware. You could go out and pick up the fanciest mixing bowls, measuring cups, chopping boards, chef knives, and kitchen scales. However, if you’re not an avid baker and you don’t care how many grams of cereal you eat in the morning, many of these items will just be pointless cupboard fillers.
Take some time to analyse which items you use most. Some people may only need one cutting board. However, if you like to cook as a family, you may need a full set. Plan out your prepware, and don’t be tempted by all the shiny items in the kitchenware store – you can always come back another time if you realize you really do need that paring knife.
3. Sort your storage
If you want your kitchen to be organized and beautiful, it’s essential to get your storage right. Having jars, canisters, and tubs for spices and staples like oats, rice, and legumes is a great way to keep your pantry in order. Eco-friendly storage containers can extend the life of perishables you keep in the fridge. Then there are the subtler details like drawer organizers to keep utensils in order and shelving and hooks for storing cookware and other regularly used items.
4. Hunt for Cutlery and Crockery
Here, you have some options. If you’re on a budget or have eclectic tastes, it can be fun to pick up mismatched cutlery, crockery, and glassware from thrift stores. Alternatively, you can select a new set that makes you smile when you look at it. Just be sure to go with sturdy options that will suit your day-to-day needs.
5. Position your appliances
As with prepware, it’s best to be conservative with appliances. Otherwise, it’s easy to end up robbing yourself of bench space. Choose only what you need, and be sure to position each appliance in a spot where it’s not in the way or at risk of falling. Observe your habits over the coming days, and move the appliances around as needed. Perfecting their placement can have a surprisingly significant effect on how easy and enjoyable your time in the kitchen is.
Overall, your best bet is to start by stocking your kitchen with the bare essentials. From there, monitor your use and jot down any items you wish you had. In this way, you can create the perfect, clutter-free kitchen from scratch. Good luck!