Month: December 2020

How to Keep Your Kitchen Clean During the Holidays

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How to keep your kitchen clean during the holidays.

This holiday season is a little different from previous years. With the ongoing health crisis, millions of families are putting off holiday get-togethers in the hope that the delay will protect their loved ones from harm. However, that hasn’t stopped people from finding ingenious ways to share the holiday spirit from a minimum of six feet away. But let’s look at how to keep your kitchen clean during the holidays.

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How to Keep Your Kitchen Clean During the Holidays

All over the country, men, women, and children are putting on their gloves and masks before going to work in the kitchen. Holiday baking may look a bit different, but there’s still lots of love baked into every bite. Unfortunately, that does mean that we’re still forced to deal with kitchens that look like a bomb went off. Flour, baking tins, and a ludicrous number of spatulas have taken over, yet it doesn’t have to be this way. To help you keep your sanity this holiday season, let’s look at some great methods for keeping our kitchens clean through the chaos of the holiday baking season.

Clean and Organize First

Your kitchen may look relatively clean before you start baking. But that thin layer of dust and grime will come back with a vengeance once you get started. For the sake of your sanity, you should always start with a fresh kitchen slate. Wash your hands thoroughly. Then put on your gloves and mask if you’re going to be sharing your holiday treats with people outside of your household. From there you can scrub down your kitchen countertops. And finally you can quickly reorganize your cupboards to put anything you may need front and center.

Designate a Shadow

For households with children, designating a shadow is an easy way to help them feel involved while also keeping any messes in check. Whether they are a child or an adult, a good shadow can clean up messes as they occur and clean dishes as they’re used. It’s an incredibly important role that will make a night and day difference at the end of your baking.

Delegate as Much as Possible

For larger families, the assembly line approach to baking can be a lifesaver. Family members can be assigned to batter/dough, baking, decorating, and cleaning according to their skillset. If there are disagreements, then rolling a die or flipping a coin can typically be used to settle them. Very young children may not be swayed, so you might opt to give them their own smaller project, which may not necessarily make it into your goodie bags for friends and family.

Do a Full Wipe-Down in Between Projects

If you’re doing several larger projects, say pastries, candies, and cookies, then you’re unlikely to tackle them all at once. They have vastly different requirements regarding your oven and stove-top. Therefore, it’s best to tackle them one category at a time. If your cleaning shadow is a little behind, then this is the best time to give your kitchen another full wipe-down. If you have Neolith countertops, this step will be even easier as sintered stone isn’t as sensitive as quarried stone.

Have Plenty of Storage Containers Ready

During your initial reorganizing of your cabinets, take note of how many storage containers you have available. If you have any doubt that you have enough, send someone to grab more. The last thing you want is to have cooling racks covering every surface in your kitchen, leaving you with no space to work.

Basically, the keys to a clean kitchen during the holidays are:

  • Planning
  • Cleaning as you go
  • Keeping clean towels on hand at all times

Using these tips, you and your family can make it through the holidays knowing that all of your goodies were produced in a sanitary environment that didn’t require three hours of scrubbing afterward.

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Tips for Investing in Countertops

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Tips for investing in countertops.

Making the choice to get new countertops is a great investment into your kitchen and home. Countertops are often a focal point in terms of aesthetic in your kitchen. They also provide a lot of function when it comes to cooking and meal preparation. Below you will find some helpful tips before investing in countertops. Follow these tips for investing in countertops to ensure that you get your money’s worth out of your remodeling project.

Tips for Investing in a Countertop

Choosing countertops may feel overwhelming, especially if you aren’t skilled in interior design. However, you can definitely work your way through the process and still have a beautiful kitchen.

Size:

Like most people, you will likely have a budget in mind. Consider the size of your countertops and how much material you will need. This will help point you in the right direction in terms of what you can afford. You should also pay close attention to the shape of your countertops as that can help determine what you’ll specifically need to consider in terms of materials.

Installation:

Similar to size, installation is a factor in terms of budget. With that, consider installation costs and figure out how much you can spend overall. If you are handy and can install them on your own, that’s a huge reduction in cost that you can use to spend on your countertop materials. However, installation is a job for the professionals, so make sure you are fully prepared and equipped to complete the job.

Longevity and Durability:

Consider how you use your kitchen and how many people are in your home. If you have a multi-generational home with a lot of people, durability is key. Countertops that can withstand heat, scratches, and a lot of use are essential for homes with many people. Calacatta quartz is a beautiful material that is highly durable and can withstand a lot of wear and tear. Because countertops are a big investment, it’s important to find materials that can last a lifetime. Consider this factor when choosing your countertop material.

Kitchen Aesthetic:

Assess your current kitchen aesthetic so you can try and find a countertop that fits with your current style and theme. Countertops are often one of the first things people notice in a kitchen so keep that in mind when searching for the right color and texture. Because countertops already stand out, you can focus on finding something that blends well with your cabinets and backsplash. While you can add some flair by switching up your kitchen island, don’t go over the top with your countertop color.

Material Composition:

Because you will be eating, preparing meals, and cooking on and around your countertops, the materials are highly important. Avoiding materials that can be toxic or harm your family is necessary due to how much time families spend in the kitchen. Materials like quartz are ideal because they are made mostly of natural materials. Certain materials can also be at risk for mildew, mold, and bacteria. Finding materials that are non-porous and don’t easily crack is vital for the health and wellness of your home and family.

Maintenance and Upkeep:

Certain materials require a lot of cleaning and upkeep. Finding materials that are low maintenance and don’t require things like sealing are key. You likely already have a busy lifestyle, so finding a material that won’t find its way onto your to-do list will help you save time and money.

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