Life is busy and it revolves around a centerpoint in the home: the kitchen. They’re not just for cooking! We don’t just eat there, we gather, work, study, craft and so much more. It’s a ‘flex’ room – something with a blank canvas that can adjust to meet your current need. This is especially important for smaller homes, where the kitchen must double as other types of spaces. Whatever the reason, let’s think about your kitchen in a whole new way.
Make the most of your favorite kitchen space with these non-traditional tasks:
Most kitchens can provide a distraction-free space for students who need to get homework or projects done. No TVs, no cellphones, no worries. It’s also the best ‘homebase’ for sending the kids off to school, as it’s usually near a high traffic exit. Their lunchboxes and backpacks are ready to go right after breakfast – just in time for the school bus.
Sometimes the best space for spreading out is your kitchen island or counter. Countertops that are made for rough and tough baking can easily handle the messily fun chaos of crafting. This also includes any class projects the kids might bring home, from paper mache volcanoes to styrofoam solar systems. Why mess up another room in the house when your kitchen is made for the job and goes unused?
Step out of the office and join the rest of the family by turning a kitchen bar or island into a mobile, temporary office. You can keep getting work done while still being a part of the household. It’s also a nice compromise when you have deadlines looming but don’t want to stay in a stuffy office a minute more. Plus, getting away from the office can give you a brand new point of view for tackling a tough project.
You’ll find that your kitchen might be the most relaxing and quietest space in the house, especially when everyone else is in the living room or bedrooms. The quiet times outside of mealtimes make it a great space to relax, whether you like to read, meditate, knit, stretch, or something else. If you want to go analog and escape from digital devices, try turning your kitchen in that space.
Pull out the board games, card games, and other fun family activities and bring them to the kitchen. In the kitchen, your gaming can come with drinks and snacks without the worry of spills on the carpets or furniture in other rooms. Getting everyone together for more than just quick meal times is the best way to bond.
Keep an eye on the kids (or pets) while you’re in the kitchen — use a spare cupboard to store kitchen friendly toys. This way, you can choose toys that are fit for the kitchen that’ll also keep your little ones (pets or kids) entertained while you get things done. Or maybe you’re the one who wants to do the playing while someone else works. That works, too!
Those are the top ways our customers find new happiness in their kitchen. Do you use yours in a unique, new way?
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