Here are my personal thoughts and opinions on taking the heat and finding routes to relax in the kitchen:

– First and foremost; keep it clean! A clean kitchen means cooking times do not need to be stressful. Trying to find a clean knife or chopping board when you are trying to cook a quick meal is stress you can avoid.

– Try to organise your counter tops so your space for preparing food is large enough and safe. You do not want to be knocking food on to the floor and breaking plates.

Lots of pots of utensils that are ready to use!

– Keep heavy jars and bottles as low as possible; you do not want to be dropping them on you or breaking glass.

– Keep children out of the kitchen every time you use boiling water or an open grill or frying pan. Tell them they can talk to you from the doorway. Maybe buy them a chair and place it a safe distance so they feel included whilst you are ‘stuck’ in the kitchen. Every time you leave the kitchen; make sure they come with you.

– When use any knife to cut or chop; make sure the blade is always pointing away from you. If it slips; it will not head towards your fingers, hand or stomach!

– Do not let the draining board drain you! Wash up at least twice a day or keep that dishwasher full; a tidy kitchen is a relaxed kitchen!

Just look at that empty draining board!

Watch this space for more ideas and opinions to relax in the kitchen…

The kitchen is one of the most important rooms in our house and life. We spend a lot of time here; so let us relax.
Cooking and keeping the kitchen clean and organised does not need to be a source of stress.


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