When we asked you, our lovely readers, which room in your house caused you the most stress, the majority of you said the kitchen. And to us, that makes plenty of sense.
This room is often considered the hub of the modern home. It gets a lot of traffic, and it's become not just a place for cooking and eating, but also acts as catch-all area for a family's comings and goings, a storage space, mail center and general hangout for everyone.
And while we love long conversations over meals and making many other memories in our eating space, we aren't exactly fond of the stress that we feel when we're looking for a specific baking ingredient in a messy fridge or the fact that our countertops are cluttered with gadgets and appliances, even when they're not in use.
Although this space may never be a calming oasis, it is possible to dramatically reduce headaches caused by kitchen chaos. We’ve come up with seven ways to de-stress your kitchen as a step towards having a tension-free home. Click through and let us know some of your tips for creating a calming environment. And be sure to check out our de-stressing living room and bathroom ideas as well.
When you're sitting down to eat, you definitely want to be comfortable and relaxed. Buying chairs that are good for your posture (and your derrière!) are an important part of that. Although those metal stools may look swanky, chances are you won't want to sit on one for a leisurely meal.
If you're like us and all your mail ends up in the kitchen, create a mail organizer that allows you to keep track of everything. You'll be surprised by how much counter space you'll get back. Include slots for incoming and outgoing letters and make sure to have a nearby recycling bin to immediately toss junk mail.Check out this DIY version for some inspiration.
Okay, some things really do have to soak to get completely clean. But if there are dishes and cups that can be cleaned right away, do it. Don't let them sit overnight or you'll just add more to your chores the next day.
How many times have you opened the fridge and couldn't find the one thing you want? A refrigerator is not something that should cause you anxiety. Keep the things you use often in the front, toss expired or wilting food right away, and take advantage of those storage bins.
Warm colors can create a cozy ambiance in this area, and will make you want to stay awhile. According to the San Francisco Chronicle, reds, apricots and yellows also induce appetites.
There are certain things like the coffee maker and toaster that you may use every day, so they should be kept out on your counter or stored close by. But other things, like your George Foreman grill you haven't used much since college, can be put away to make more room -- unless of course you're grilling up a storm every night.
When you put your food away in the cabinets or pantry, make sure the labels are facing forward. This way, you'll save time and find what you're looking for easily.
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