Buying appliances for your kitchen – old or new – can sometimes seem impossible. There are so many options and brands and most of us have no idea what will be best. We have a few tips for your appliance shopping trip that will help you make the right decisions and be happy with them. You should always remember that you have to live with the appliance and be happy with it. Follow these tips.
Be realistic about your situation. Buying a huge dishwasher if you live alone and hardly cook is a waste of money. Having fancy gadgets and appliances that you will never use because you hate cooking is also not a good idea. Take a look at yourself and your kitchen behaviors. Decide what you absolutely need and make notes of what will be most comfortable for you to use. Appliances are difficult to return and you should be sure about what you want and need before you leave the house.
Avoid impulse buys. If you followed the first tip, you should have an idea of what you want. Make a list of the features that you want in your appliance, for example, energy-efficient, stainless steel, etc. This way, you can compare different brands based on the features and make an informed decision.
Measure your space and keep the access in mind. It happens time and again to even the most intelligent people. They buy this wonderful new appliance without considering the space where it will be used. It either won’t fit in the space allotted to it or they won’t be able to get it in the house. Before going appliance shopping, take measurements of the space where you want the new fridge to stand. Also consider the doorways, stairways, etc. that the delivery guy will have to battle with to get it there.
Read the fine print. Ask the sales person questions and read up on the user manual and instructions. If it is 100 pages long, in Spanish, or you don’t understand a word, rather move on. No appliance should be more complicated than university calculus unless it is made for the space program.
With these tips, you should not find yourself regretting your purchase but rather enjoying the new appliance.
A kitchen is one of the places that people tend to spend a lot of time. If you are the cook in the house, you might occasionally find yourself getting the urge to change things, throw things out, or make changes that will make things easier or more functional. This article lists a few of these changes that you can consider. Some might require more work and might be more expensive and others can be done in a day. Have a look and see if they strike your fancy.
Herb garden – There are so many ways that you can go with a herb garden. You can hang pots, build a wall for them, etc. Having your own herb garden makes cooking so much more enjoyable. No need to run to the shops every time you want to cook. Planting and caring for your herbs can also be therapeutic and it will create a great atmosphere in your kitchen.
Cupboard pantry – If you don’t have space for a walk-in pantry, don’t worry. Use your cabinets as a pantry. You can store bottles, jars, cereals, appliances, and much more in a cupboard pantry without giving up too much space in your kitchen.
Kitchen island – A kitchen island is great for many reasons. Some already built kitchens may not allow for this, but new kitchens can incorporate it in the plans. An island can separate the stove from the rest of the kitchen. It can add an extra sink to the kitchen. It adds more surface space and if you can make it have extra storage, you have a winner. You can use the island for extra drawer space for pots and pans or a spice drawer.
Chalkboard wall – This is an ideal way to get rid of the fridge magnets and tons of sticky notes of to-do lists, shopping lists, recipes, etc. You get a specific type of paint that makes your walls like a chalkboard. This is an easy change to make and will help you declutter the kitchen.
Hopefully, some of these ideas have set the wheels turning in your mind. Adding any of these will make your kitchen space more practical.
We hit the Internet and some gadget stores to find the coolest and most innovative kitchen gadgets for your kitchen. We bought a few for ourselves on this research expedition. We came across quite a few awesome things and we are sharing only a few today. We hope you enjoy them and get one or two of these to quirk up your kitchen.
A keyboard waffle iron – We thought this was really clever. This waffle iron is made by Uncommon Goods and is a great way to get your day started.
Melon scoop – This is a heaven-sent invention. My kids and I love melon but it is always a struggle to get the flesh separated from the skin without wastage or getting someone’s fingers cut. This scoop makes it easy and safe and even children can use it.
Hockey stick BBQ set – If you or your husband loves hockey and loves a good BBQ, this will be an excellent gift. The set has all the BBQ essentials and their handles are made of repurposed hockey sticks. You will be doing BBQ in style and doing your part for the environment.
Mini ice cream sandwich press set – This is a great gadget for summer! Your kids will love you and you will have deliciously cool snacks in no time. The set has 3 presses of different shapes. You build the sandwich and use the presses like cookie cutters to make mini ice cream sandwiches. Awesome!
Corn Kerneler – This cool gadget allows you to strip the kernels and have a nice bowl gadgety thing to catch them. This gadget will change how you eat corn and will make your life so much easier.
We discovered many more fantastic and creative gadgets, but we will have to share those with you another day. Go find yourself one of these gadgets and have some fun in your kitchen!