Zoning Your Kitchen for More Organized Activity

12 Jan

Our home is our haven from the busy lifestyles, and it is a place where we can relax and simply enjoy the company of our loved ones. However, even if we consider our home the best place to relax, there is still one area of the house that has a lot of activity – the kitchen.

The kitchen is one of the busiest areas of the house not only because we prepare food, cook, and clean dishes there, but also because lots of other activities take place there as well, such as homework, snack time, browsing the internet on our computers, reading the paper, etc.  Because the kitchen is, in many ways, the central hub of the home, there is only one way to make everything flow seamlessly – it’s time to zone your kitchen.

Assigning zones in your kitchen will help organize things.  Zones will set specific functions for each particular area of the kitchen, so activities appropriate for a certain zone can only be done there and will not, therefore, disrupt other activities that are going on simultaneously in other parts of the kitchen.  By creating, many activities can be accomplished in the kitchen at once, and everyone can maintain their sanity.

Some common zones inside the kitchen include the prep work zone, the cooking zone, the cleaning zone, and the storage zone. The prep work zone is where we prepare our food for our meals, so it normally has easy access to water, food, and utensils. Where we cook our food is in the cooking zone, usually where the stove and oven are located.  The cleaning zone is basically where we clean our dishes, so it must include sink and dishwasher areas.  Finally, the storage zone is where we keep our food and kitchen essentials, and it is usually made of up cabinets, drawers, and pantries.

Other zones inside the kitchen include a dining zone, a home office zone, a serving zone, a baking zone, and a kid’s area. These zones are sometimes incorporated inside the kitchen, but are secondary options due to space limitations.  For instance, if you have a larger kitchen, you can add a dining zone, a home office zone, or a kids’ area, but if you have a smaller kitchen, sticking with the basics of a prep work zone, a cooking zone, and a cleaning zone may be best.

Keep in mind also that kitchen zones that are similar in function are best situated beside each other. A prep work zone may be perfect between a cleaning zone, so you can easily clean mixing bowls, and a cooking zone, so you can continue preparing other food items while you cook. A serving zone can sometimes be used as a dining zone if only your immediate family members will be eating the meal.

Once your kitchen is divided into different zones, you can rest assured that your kitchen activities will be done in a more systematized, interference-free way.

Jennifer Fields
Oklahoma City & Edmond Real Estate Agent


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