You may not have realized this, but your kitchen is basically the heart of your home. Stop and think for a moment about what goes on in the kitchen. Every single family member interacts inside the kitchen, making it far more than just a place to cook a meal.
No matter how large or how small your kitchen is, your whole family probably gathers there from time to time. If you have a larger kitchen you may even dine within that particular room, which makes it a family meeting place and more.
Is your kitchen family friendly? Take a look at the placement of stuff and think about the family members you have in your home. Are knives up high out of the hands of little ones? Are items little ones need in their reach? Are common utensils and ingredients easily accessible? Here are some tips for creating a family friendly kitchen.
Cooking With Kids
Just like making sure things the kids need are within their reach, and items that could harm them are out of their reach, parents should spend time in the kitchen with their kids. Where do you think they will learn how to cook, and how to use kitchen safety? It’s from you.
Cooking with kids will depend on ages. The younger they are, the less intricate you want your meal plans to be. While ants-on-a-log may be ideal for a 5 year old, older children may be interested in baking and other fun things in the kitchen.
A Fun Place To Eat
You want to make your kitchen fun and inviting. A stuffy kitchen may compete with plates on laps in front of the television. Make sure your kitchen colors are bright and inviting. Decorate the table with something fun and family friendly, like placemats from the kids’ favorite movie.
Keep fresh fruit out in a bowl as a centerpiece, which will not only attract little hands, but also promote healthy eating. And remember, lived-in homes get dirty sometimes, so cleanliness is of top priority!
Your Meeting Place
When it’s time to talk about report cards and other major family matters, your kitchen table is probably the place you go to talk it over. That means you want a table, or island, fitted to your family size. Oh, and comfy chairs.
You might meet there more often for meals, but a dining table is always the best place to gather when you need to talk to the whole family at once and want to make sure everyone is paying attention.
A Place For Creating
The kitchen isn’t just a place for creating meals. It’s a great place for creating crafts as well. If you have kids that like to get hands-on, you may find the kitchen is a great place to help spark their creativity.
Spend time in the kitchen making homemade play dough, which is best used on the kitchen table so it doesn’t get stuck in the carpet. Create noodle art and more, because food is sometimes for fun too!
Ready For Entertainment
Last but not least, your kitchen may often be an entertainment area. Your dinner table can be the best place for family game night, or maybe you like to have friends over and meet around the table for book club or snacks.
You also want to make sure that your kitchen is in tip-top condition if you decide you want to sell your home. Your kitchen is one of the two rooms in which buyers will make their judgments about whether to purchase or not. That means you want to make sure you have a neat and appealing kitchen.
You may want to remodel your kitchen, whether you are selling or staying. According to the Gilmans Kitchens & Bath blog, remodeling your kitchen can be an important investment. However, to ensure you get the best kitchen possible, avoid a DIY project and have a professional come in and do the work for you.
Now you’re probably more prepared to spend a little time in the kitchen with your family. Enjoy it!