Are you having a hard time finding motivation to cook at home? Have you eaten out more than you have wanted to? It can be exhausting to make food every night, especially if your kitchen environment isn’t the best. If you need help, here are a few tips that can turn your kitchen experience into something more enjoyable.
It’s hard to feel excited about cooking when you can’t find the right frying pan or thermometer for the job. If you feel this way, it’s time to do some organizing! Having a place for every kind of item: serving dishes, mixing bowls, and pots and pans can help you feel more at home in your own kitchen.
Put things where they feel intuitive—such as pots and spices by the stove or serving plates closer to the dining room. You also might want to invest in some shelves or bins for different products to develop a more thorough organization system—but the most important part is that you organize your way.
There may be some kitchen devices that can also make your life easier. Crock pots or pressure cookers provide great meals that are hands-off. Organizing trays can make it easy to find spices or other ingredients you need to make quickly. Adding lights to strategic places in your kitchen can streamline your cooking process.
Check online for useful amenities that you can add to your kitchen prep experience. There are a lot of products that can help you feel more at home in your kitchen, and save you a lot of time in doing so.
Make a Menu—and Plan Leftovers!
If you don’t have a map, it can be easy to get lost. The same can be said about menus and nightly dinners. Having a plan can save you a lot of money and get you excited about the food you are making.
Create a menu at the beginning of the week. Fill it with family favorites, add a new dish, or ask a family member what they would like to have during the week. There is also no shame in planning for a “leftovers night” once per week so you do not have to cook something elaborate every night.
Transforming your kitchen into a user-friendly and intuitive experience is a gradual process, but if you put in the preparation, you can cut your time spent in the kitchen. Cooking nightly meals doesn’t have to be a pain, but it can be tolerable—maybe even fun.