When you move, there are so many things to do not only BEFORE you move, but AFTER you get there as well! No matter how many times I have moved, I can't honestly tell you what is best for YOU when it comes to setting up your new home. However, I can share what has helped me when I have moved. So here are a few helpful tips to set up your new kitchen space!
Keep things as Before – During my last move, the size of my kitchen changed dramatically as well as the layout and even some features. At first I was freaking out about how I was going to make it work. My old kitchen was much larger and had 3 built in Lazy Susans (wonderful invention I must say) and my new kitchen had these huge deep drawers that I have never had before. I decided the first thing I would try to do is set up things like my old kitchen as much as I could. So the cupboard where I kept my plates was set up in a similar fashion, my flatware and utensil drawers as well. Glasses were by the fridge (as they were in my old house) and cleaning things were under the sink. Once I did some of those things, the other things fell into place. It made my kitchen feel more like my old one and I found that I actually had more cabinet room than I thought I had. Those deep drawers? Great for heavy casserole dishes and all sorts of things! Now I don't know how I lived without them! Sometimes doing things the same way gives us a safe and homey feeling!
Keep things Handy – Another thing when you are setting up a new space, is to keep in mind to position things where they are needed. Storing oven mitts, pots and pans by the stove, or dishwasher soap by the dishwasher, glasses by the fridge--whatever works for you. In my new kitchen some cabinets were in an area that I didn't have in my old kitchen and it worked out to put baking things in that cabinet. Pie plates, cake pans, silicon mats and my big flour and sugar canisters. It really works well when I need to direct one of my grown kids where to get the candy sprinkles at Christmastime when we are making goodies in the kitchen!
Keep things Safe – This will be different for different households. I no longer have small children in my household, so having some cleaners and soaps under my kitchen sink is safe. I only kept dish soap for years under the sink when the kids were little and all the cleaners were in a linen closet up higher for years. In your house--you may need to do something different in that area or lock up those cabinets! Also, keeping canned goods or combustibles by the stove top is a no no. Now, my spice cabinet is to the right, above my stove, but not directly above so they won't get spoiled by the heat. Sharp knives are kept is specific areas as well. You get the idea. Safety in the kitchen is important.
Keep your Cool – This one you may or may not need to follow, but for me, it's something I need to tell myself to do all the time--CALM DOWN. When you move into a new place, it's going to be different. Even when it's a new and improved different, it can be unsettling when you have been used to doing things a certain way for a while and it will take an adjustment period. My last move was the hardest for me in this area because the kitchen in my old house was the biggest kitchen I had ever had up til then, and I loved that room more than any other in my old home. So, during my adjustment period, I had a tendency to say things like "I hate this kitchen!" or "I wish I had my old kitchen" or "I will never get used to this...!" quite frequently. Finally, I realized that all that drama is an energy stealer and I started to look for things I liked about my new kitchen, then I finally settled in. Things take time. It's okay to take the time to adjust. Feeling like you never will isn't true--because you will. Keep your cool and the best way to set up your new kitchen will come to you as it should. I promise.
Until next week!
Jen Lush, Administrative Assistant and Realtor Mother