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With Tasty videos and those alike taking over social media, people are starting to realize that cooking does not have to be a complicated ordeal. We are slowly yet surely spending more time in our kitchens, experimenting with food, and rather enjoying the process of cooking from start to finish. Now, it’s only logical to assume that the place you spend a lot of time in is more comfortable once customized to your preferences. And, while it can be hard to adjust the kitchen in your old home to your liking, it’s rather convenient to start from scratch in your new place. You can organize a new kitchen so that it follows your cooking ventures without missing a beat, and here’s how:

Take action prior to the move

In order to organize a new kitchen properly, and make it as functional as possible, you need to get rid of any excess items. There is no way around decluttering, so you better start as soon as possible. Even before scheduling the relocation with your movers NYC, you should start classifying your kitchen belongings by their necessity. This way the estimated price that you receive will be far more accurate and lower.

A neat looking kitchen
In order to organize a new kitchen properly, you simply must fill it only with the items you use on a regular basis.

The simple rule of thumb to follow when it comes to decluttering is to get rid of anything that you haven’t used for over 6 months. However, when it comes to the kitchen, this time frame will get much shorter. It’s rather obvious when you come to think of it. While you use your heavy coat only when it’s super cold, and your bathing suit during the summer, you spend virtually every day in your kitchen, fixing something up. So, the one-time use items, utensils that you have long forgotten about, damaged pots and pans, broken plates, etc really shouldn’t inhabit your new kitchen.

An alternative option

If it so happens that certain items are too difficult to part from (due to their emotional value, for example), but do not have a role in your everyday use of the kitchen area, consider placing them in a storage space Manhattan. Whilst there, they will be safe and sound, ready to go home whenever you feel them missing.

Organize a new kitchen by creating a productive space

Moving to a new home is a great time to plan your ideal space in advance. If you start on time, you can try out various combinations by drawing them on paper. If you need a more accurate depiction, consider cutting out pieces of paper in dimensions that correspond with your kitchen furniture. That way you can switch and arrange in a matter of seconds until you find your ideal layout.

Things to take into consideration when creating your layout:

  • see that there is enough room for two people to function in your kitchen. If you plan on cooking with your significant other, for example, you will both need enough space to function, and not bump into each other.
  • think of the cooking process from start to finish, and make the room so that it can follow it. Namely, try to plan out your workspace so that it resembles a conveyer belt. You would first wash the food, cut it and then cook or fry it. With this in mind, the sink should be followed by the counters. The oven would be the last in line. You can put your dishwasher close to the sink so that you can fill it directly, and not stain your floors.
A highly funtional kitchen layout
A highly functional layout will make cooking even more enjoyable.
  • if you want to organize a new kitchen so that it is super functional, but have limited space to work with, consider custom made furniture and smaller kitchen appliances. You are not obliged to have a two-door fridge and a full-size dishwasher. Smaller options would do. You will just have to buy fresh food and wash your dishes more frequently, which is not all that bad when you think of it.
  • your workspace needs to be well illuminated. Install lights at the wall or cupboard above your countertops. This will ensure, amongst other things, that you actually know what you are cutting.

Utensil organization

Depending on the number of your family members, chances are that you will need no more than 5-7 forks, knives, and spoons each. This ought to be enough for you to function normally, and avoid piling up those dishes. Now, when it comes to big celebrations and house parties, you can still consider storing your dining sets in a storage unit, and take them when the occasion arises. The point is to keep only what you need on a weekly basis in your kitchen area. All the rest should find its place in other storage solutions.

A knife holder holding knives
Be creative and save space wherever it seems practical.

A neat hack you can use is to install a magnetic knife strip next to your counter. That way you will be utilizing the otherwise empty space, and saving up on the working surface. Also, if you don’t have too many dishes, consider hanging a dish dryer rack above the sink. Apart from saving additional space, you won’t have to worry about water spilling on the floor or counters. Just make that the rack is not a hazard to your forehead.

After you organize a new kitchen, make sure to keep it clean and tidy. And we have yet another cool trick for you to utilize. Instead of taking a whole day to clean your kitchen, and dread that moment days in advance, try to clean it bit by bit every day. This will help keep the kitchen clean at all times, while you won’t even notice the process. What you are now left with is a wonderful and inspiring kitchen ready to withstand your cooking adventures even Gordon Ramsey would admire. Bon Appetit!

About Author

John has been with Divine Moving and Storage in New York for nearly two decades. Starting as a young helper and climbing up the ranks to be a staple in our organization. John has the knowledge and experience to assist our clients with any move or storage related needs. You can reach John or any of our associates in NYC at 212-244-4011