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Kitchen Upgrade: 10 Simple Kitchen Hacks That Make A Huge Difference

Kitchen Upgrade: 10 Simple Kitchen Hacks That Make A Huge Difference

If you start thinking about your kitchen like it is a playroom, you open up many entertaining and efficient options for yourself. No matter if you have a huge roomy kitchen or you have a small and cozy one, there are numerous interesting ways to improve it. Applying all sorts of different hacks is a smart way to increase your overall efficiency, and even allow you to play with your food a little bit – who says it just needs to be used for nutrition?

Food preparation is actually a form of art, and it should be treated as such.

Use the Inside of Cabinet Doors

03 Cabinets

    This is the one obvious thing that everyone seem to miss.The fact that the manufacturer that made your kitchen cabinets didn’t mention you could use the doors for storage too doesn’t mean you can’t utilize this hack. By installing a rack or just a couple of nails on the doors themselves, you’ll be able to organize the lids of your pots neatly and store them properly without taking up much space.

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    04 Tablet

      There are all sorts of smart kitchen tools and devices you can use to make your meals faster, but equally tasty, and you should definitely invest in at least some of those. My suggestion is to start with a tablet and a tablet holder. Trying new recipes will look completely different – you won’t have to check your notes every two seconds, because there are all sorts of tutorials that run in real time, so you can cook along with them, without pausing or rewinding all the time.

      It’s More than Just a Cutting Board

      05 Cutting Board

        People who have a small kitchen know that the biggest problem is the work surface – or better put, the lack of it. This very simple hack I started applying recently is probably the cheapest and the most efficient solution to this problem you could ever find. You just need to open the closest drawer, place your cutting board over it and voila – a new extension of your work surface just appeared.

        Frozen Dairy Products?

        07 Frozen Dairy

          Dairy products are delicious and necessary for a proper nutrition, but coincidentally they also become inedible in a very short period of time. Also, some cheeses tend to be on the expensive side. Fortunately, there’s a simple hack that will solve these problems for you – the next time there’s a sale on milk or cheese or some sort of other dairy product sale, you can get a larger amount and simply freeze the items. When stored in your freezer, dairy products can last anywhere from a month to six months, depending on the type of product.

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          Light It Up

          06 Lighting

            A huge percentage of kitchens have improper lighting, which is a major oversight, but, on the other hand, it’s completely understandable – it somehow never climbs to the top of your priority list. However, this can really damage your eyesight and overall efficiency, especially if you spend a lot of time in the kitchen preparing meals for a big family. It’s a common misconception that this is an expensive investment – you should explore your options because there are all sorts of simple DIYs you can utilize. Basically, a quality lamp could make a huge difference.

            Ice, Ice, Baby

            08 Seasoning

              The internet is overflowing with different ways to use ice cubes. Don’t you hate it when you try to chill down your drink but it becomes watery instead? It’s quite simple really – instead of making ice cubes out of water, make them out of that drink you want chilled and this works with absolutely everything!

              Other than drinks, this works with food, as well. I’m sure you have a favorite seasoning, but the thing with them is they only last for a season – obviously. Take an ice tray, fill it with your favorite combination of herbs and pour some olive oil over it. The next time you want to achieve that particular taste in a meal, simply extract one cube and that’s it.

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              Play with Cookie Cutters

              09 Cookie Cutter

                If you have problems with your kids who avoid certain types of foods, you should try to change your approach. It’s quite important for their development to ensure that they consume all of their required nutrients, and screaming and yelling usually just has a contrary effect. By using cookie cutters, you can easily shape that undesired food item into flowers, stars or hearts. This simple hack will make your children fall in love with all sorts of foods they found to be icky in the first place.

                Straws for Pips

                Cherry

                  Many delicious and healthy deserts can be made out of red fruits, but the problem with them is in their core – literally. Cleaning them and trying to get rid of pips can be extremely time-consuming, which is why you should turn to straws. Make sure to get firmer ones, so they don’t bend too much and simply pull them through a cherry – it’s a lot faster and a lot more efficient, especially if you want your cherries to stay in their original shape.

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                  10 Lemon

                    This could be another time-taking and expensive issue. We are all aware of how important it is for a kitchen to be impeccably clean. Instead of trying to find a cleaner that’s efficient but cheap, you should make your own. With a balanced mixture of lemon, baking soda and vinegar, you’ll be able to have a spotless kitchen.

                    Organization Is a Powerful Time-Saver

                    01 Magnetic

                      In order to get everything done properly, you need your space and you need to know exactly where every item is. This is more of a piece of advice than a hack, but it can be considered as one if you consider how much time you can save simply through setting up an organised kitchen system. You should use jars and bottles of all sorts, label them properly and have a special place for each of them. Also, consider implementing magnets in your kitchen, because they are an efficient way to organize your spices and your knives. Implementing a pegboard is also a great idea – it can hold anything from a pan to a ladle.

                      Once you start applying these hacks to your kitchen, you’ll be able to see how clever they are. Perhaps it’s not a bad idea to take it slow and implement them one by one – if you do them all at once, you won’t be able to recognize your kitchen.

                      Let me know how it goes!

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                      Ivan Dimitrijevic

                      Ivan is the CEO and founder of a digital marketing company. He has years of experiences in team management, entrepreneurship and productivity.

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                      Last Updated on July 10, 2020

                      How to Take Control of Your Life with Better Boundaries

                      How to Take Control of Your Life with Better Boundaries

                      We all have them—those hurtful, frustrating, offensive, manipulative people in our lives. No matter how hard we try to surround ourselves with positive and kind people, there will always be those who will disrespect, insult, berate, and misuse you if we allow them to.

                      We may, for a variety of reasons, not be able to avoid them, but we can determine how we interact with them and how we allow them to interact with us.

                      So, how to take control of your life and stop being pushed around?

                      Learning to set clear firm boundaries with the people in our lives at work and in our personal lives is the best way to protect ourselves from the negative effects of this kind of behavior.

                      What Boundaries Are (And What They’re Not)

                      Boundaries are limits

                      —they are not threats or ultimatums. Boundaries inform or teach. They are not a form of punishment.

                      Boundaries are firm lines—determined by you—which cannot be crossed by those around you. They are guidelines for how you will allow others to treat you and what kind of behaviors you will expect.

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                      Healthy personal boundaries help protect you from physical or emotional pain. You may also need to set firm boundaries at work to ensure you and your time are not disrespected. Don’t allow others to take advantage of your kindness and generosity.

                      Clear boundaries communicate to others that you demand respect and consideration—that you are willing to stand up for yourself and that you will not be a doormat for anyone. They are a “no trespassing” sign that makes it very clear when a line has been crossed and that there will be consequences for doing so.

                      Boundaries are not set with the intention of changing other people. They may change how people interact with you, but they are more about enforcing your needs than attempting to change the general behavior and attitude of others.

                      How to Establish Boundaries and Take Control of Your Life

                      Here are some ways that you can establish boundaries and take control of your life.

                      1. Self-Awareness Comes First

                      Before you can establish boundaries with others, you first need to understand what your needs are.

                      You are entitled to respect. You have the right to protect yourself from inappropriate or offensive behavior. Setting boundaries is a way of honoring your needs.

                      To set appropriate boundaries, you need to be clear about what healthy behaviors look like—what healthy relationships look like.

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                      You first have to become more aware of your feelings and honest with yourself about your expectations and what you feel is appropriate behavior:

                      • Where do you need to establish better boundaries?
                      • When do you feel disrespected?
                      • When do you feel violated, frustrated, or angered by the behavior of others?
                      • In what situations do you feel you are being mistreated or taken advantage of?
                      • When do you want to be alone?
                      • How much space do you need?

                      You need to honor your own needs and boundaries before you can expect others to honor them. This allows you to take control of your life.

                      2. Clear Communication Is Essential

                      Inform others clearly and directly what your expectations are. It is essential to have clear communication if you want others to respect your boundaries. Explain in an honest and respectful tone what you find offensive or unacceptable.

                      Many people simply aren’t aware that they are behaving inappropriately. They may never have been taught proper manners or consideration for others.

                      3. Be Specific but Don’t Blame

                      Taking a blaming or punishing attitude automatically puts people on the defensive. People will not listen when they feel attacked. It’s part of human nature.

                      That said, you do not need to overexplain or defend yourself. Boundaries are not open to compromise.

                      Sample language:

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                      • “You may not…yell or raise your voice to me…”
                      • “I need…to be treated with respect…”
                      • “It’s not okay when…you take things from my desk without asking…”
                      • “I won’t…do your work…cover for you anymore…”
                      • “It’s not acceptable when…you ridicule or insult me…”
                      • “I am uncomfortable when…you use offensive language”
                      • “I will no longer be able to…lend you money…”

                      Being able to communicate these without sounding accusatory is essential if you want others to respect your boundaries so you can take control of your life.

                      4. Consequences Are Often Necessary

                      Determine what the appropriate consequences will be when boundaries are crossed. If it’s appropriate, be clear about those consequences upfront when communicating those boundaries to others.

                      Follow through. People won’t respect your boundaries if you don’t enforce them.

                      Standing our ground and forcing consequences doesn’t come easily to us. We want to be nice. We want people to like us, but we shouldn’t have to trade our self-respect to gain friends or to achieve success.

                      We may be tempted to let minor disrespect slide to avoid conflict, but as the familiar saying goes, “if you give people an inch, they’ll take a mile.”

                      It’s much easier to address offensive or inappropriate behavior now than to wait until that behavior has gotten completely out of hand.

                      It’s also important to remember that positive reinforcement is even more powerful than negative consequences. When people do alter the way they treat you, acknowledge it. Let people know that you notice and appreciate their efforts.

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                      Final Thoughts

                      Respect is always a valid reason for setting a boundary. Don’t defend yourself or your needs. Boundaries are often necessary to protect your time, your space, and your feelings. And these are essential if you want to take control of your life.

                      Start with the easiest boundaries first. Setting boundaries is a skill that needs to be practiced. Enlist support from others if necessary. Inform people immediately when they have crossed the line.

                      Don’t wait. Communicate politely and directly. Be clear about the consequences and follow them through.

                      The better you become at setting your own boundaries, the better you become at recognizing and respecting the boundaries of others.

                      Remember that establishing boundaries is your right. You are entitled to respect. You can’t control how other people behave, but you do have control over the way you allow people to treat you.

                      Learning to set boundaries is not always easy, but with time, it will become more comfortable. You may eventually find that boundaries become automatic and you no longer need to consciously set them.

                      They will simply become a natural extension of your self-respect.

                      Featured photo credit: Thomas Kelley via unsplash.com

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