As a busy working mom, I am often finding ways to make life easier by being more efficient. Sometimes it is difficult to plan ahead, and I admit, I have often failed at this. But I am human. Our family tries our best to work as a team. With work, school, sports, choir, Pathfinders, and band, things can get tricky at times. So keeping ourselves accountable and working together is key.
In general, anything that we can do to make our life more efficient helps to reduce stress. Here are some kitchen hacks that make things easier for our family:
- If you’re short on counter space, try hanging a pot rack from the ceiling. It’ll give you extra room to store pots and pans, and it’ll also add a bit of style to your kitchen.
- Don’t let your knives get dull – sharpen them regularly with a sharpening stone. It’s easy to do, and it’ll keep your knives in top condition.
- Get organized with a spice rack. This will help you find the spices you need quickly, and it’ll also free up space in your cabinets or pantry.
- Invest in a good set of baking tools – they’ll make all the difference when you’re baking cookies or cakes.
- Keep your kitchen clean with a daily cleaning routine. Wipe down the counters, sweep the floor, and wash the dishes – it’ll make a big difference in how your kitchen looks and feels.
- Make mealtime easier with a slow cooker. You can throw all of your ingredients in the pot in the morning, and dinner will be ready when you get home from work.
- If you’re short on storage space, consider using mason jars to store food. They’re perfect for storing dry goods like flour or sugar, and they look cute, too!
- Keep your fridge organized with labeled storage containers. This will help you find what you need quickly, and it’ll also help keep your fridge clean.
- Prevent kitchen disasters with a fire extinguisher. It’s always better to be safe than sorry, and a fire extinguisher can help put out a small fire before it gets out of control.
- Make sure you have all the essentials – a good set of pots and pans, some basic kitchen utensils, and some good-quality knives. These things will make cooking much easier.
- Get a dishwasher – it’s worth it! You’ll save so much time by not having to wash dishes by hand, and your dishes will come out clean and sparkling every time.
- Get a set of measuring cups and spoons so you can make sure you’re using the correct amount of ingredients. This will help you make better-tasting food, and it’ll also save you money.
- Use an oven thermometer to make sure your food is cooked at the correct temperature. This will help you avoid overcooking or undercooking your food, and it’ll also help prevent accidents.
- When cooking, use fresh ingredients whenever possible. They’ll taste better and they’re usually more nutritious than processed foods.
- If you’re having guests over, set the table the night before so you’re not rushed in the morning. This will help you entertain your guests more easily, and it’ll also save you time.
- Make sure your kitchen is well-lit so you can see what you’re doing. This will help you avoid accidents, and it’ll also help you cook more easily.
- If you’re short on counter space, use your walls! Hang a pot rack or install some shelves – this will give you extra room to store pots and pans, and it’ll also free up space on your counters.
- Keep a clean kitchen towel on hand to wipe up spills quickly. This will help you keep your counters clean, and it’ll also save you time in the long run.
- When cooking, use a timer to keep track of how long your food has been cooking. This will help you avoid overcooking or undercooking your food, and it’ll also help you stay on schedule.
- Put your shopping list on a whiteboard in the kitchen! When you run out of something, put it on the whiteboard right away. When you are ready to go shopping, take a picture of that list with your phone so you can cross-reference it while shopping.
These kitchen hacks will help you save time and energy, and they’ll also help you create better-tasting food. By using these tips, you’ll be able to enjoy your kitchen more and stress less.
So what are you waiting for?