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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


Reduce, Reuse And Recycle Your Food Waste

19 Dec

Food waste is a no-no in many homes. They say the average American throws out $500 of food each year. That is one reason why reducing, reusing and recycling food waste should be a must for every household.

If you are still unaware of what you can do to your food waste aside from throwing them in the garbage, there are a number of ways on what you can do in order to reduce, reuse and recycle your food waste. Here are some practical ideas on what you can do to your food waste:

  • Shop only what you need. One of the main reasons why you have food waste is because you have a lot of extra foods left uneaten that becomes spoiled in your food storage or in your refrigerator. To avoid this, create a list of the ingredients that you only need for your next two days and shop only the ingredients that you lack in your pantry. That way, you only have to store what you need for today and tomorrow.
  • Cook only what your family can eat. Do not oversize the portions of what you cook. If you think your family can only eat a certain portion of food, then only cook your food in that measurement. If some of your family members will not be able to eat at home, cook only for those who are dining at home. That way, you can avoid leftovers – because there is no guarantee they will heat up what you cooked when they get home.
  • Recycle your fruits. If you do not want to eat fruits that are already soft, recycle them. Create smoothies or juice it so you do not have to throw them away. You can also create pies or other pastries in different fruit flavors.
  • Cook with your leftovers. Do not throw leftovers. These can still be used as ingredients for another great meal!
  • Use the older food first and the new stock later. Following this system will enable you to reduce food waste since you can use all of your food up before buying replacements.
  • Compost your food waste. If you no longer can recycle your leftovers in your home, your garden will still love it. Create a compost bin for all your food scraps so you can turn it into garden food later.
  • Use your freezer. Foods store in the freezer will help to prevent mold or rot so if you have foods left, freeze it!

Jennifer Fields
Oklahoma City & Edmond Real Estate Agent