By Samantha Grose, designer for JP&CO and Optima Homeslove your kitchen

It’s almost Valentine’s Day! Instead of fighting the crowds and waiting in long lines to get into a restaurant this year, why not try cooking a special V-Day dinner at home? If the thought of that is daunting, it could be that your kitchen (not your cooking skills!) are to blame. If you’re not truly comfortable in your kitchen, then of course you won’t want to be in it! Here are some of my favorite tips for making your kitchen fun, user-friendly, and…YOU.

  1. Clear the clutter!

It’s not spring yet, but it’s definitely not too early to cut down on clutter. Before you make any changes to your kitchen, begin by getting rid of things you don’t use or need. When was the last time you used that apple corer or your sandwich maker? Do you really need to hold onto chipped dishes or duplicate items? And seriously, how many coffee cups does a single home need?

  1. Sort your spices
sort your spices

Does it feel like bushwhacking through the jungle when you open your spice cupboard? If your spices are hard-to-find and chaotic, of course you’re not going to want to cook. Consider a magnetic spice board like this one from IKEA or a spice drawer organizer, like this one from the Container Store. Here’s a pull-out spice drawer I designed for a Minneapolis-area home:

pull out spice drawer

 

  1. Use your vertical space
hanging pots and pans in kitchen

If you have a modest-sized kitchen, it’s easy to feel short on space. Think vertically! Consider installing a hanging pots and pans rack, like the one shown above. Just be sure you can still reach everything comfortably. You can also install vertical hidden shelves, like these:

twin cities area home with vertical hidden storage

If you’re in the mood for a DIY project, Classy Clutter has a fantastic (and super cute) tutorial on creating your own sliding vertical shelving unit.

classy clutter sliding vertical storage unit for kitchen

Photo courtesy of Classy Clutter

Want more? Contact me OR stay tuned for next week when we give you even more ideas for making little changes to help you LOVE your kitchen.

Samantha Grose, Associate AIA, Allied ASID Designer for JP&CO and Optima Homes

Author: Samantha

Samantha Grose is both Associate AIA and Allied ASID. She is the lead designer for Optima Homes and JP&CO. She takes a unique approach to design creating spaces that are casually sophisticated and timeless in design, where you and your family can live comfortably. She has worked extensively throughout the TWIN CITIES area having completed many new homes and large scale whole house remodels.

Samantha received her BS from the University of Minnesota majoring in both ARCHITECTURE and ART. She is deeply committed to a creative approach giving you highly functional spaces with an aesthetic appeal for everyday living.

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Written by Samantha

Samantha Grose is both Associate AIA and Allied ASID. She is the lead designer for Optima Homes and JP&CO. She takes a unique approach to design creating spaces that are casually sophisticated and timeless in design, where you and your family can live comfortably. She has worked extensively throughout the...
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