By making organizational, aesthetic and functional upgrades to your kitchen, you can make cooking a more rewarding and enjoyable experience. Here's what you need to know about turning your cooking space the ideal place for making delicious meals.

Why Enhance Your Cooking Space

The way your kitchen is set up, including the way it's organized and how it looks, can affect the way you move around in your kitchen. If your kitchen is not properly set up, spending time there will be more of a burden and less of a joy. Fortunately, you can make the kitchen a much more enjoyable place to spend time by making changes to the look and feel of the space.

How to Make the Most of Your Kitchen

Get Organized

Organizing your kitchen is one of the first and most important things you can do to make your kitchen a more enjoyable place to spend time. The better organized your kitchen is, the easier it will be to find things you need. You'll waste less time looking for things you can't find, and you'll make better use of the items you already have.

Declutter. Kitchen clutter can build up over time! Get rid of anything in the kitchen that you haven't used in more than a year or two. This creates more space for the things you really need, and makes it easier to find them. Go through your utensils, plates, pots, pans and any drawers where you keep miscellaneous kitchen tools. Items that only get used once a year, during holidays, should be removed from the main kitchen areas and stored somewhere out of the way.

Place frequently used items in easy-to-reach places. You'll spend less time digging around for the things you use most, and finding items will be intuitive for even those who don't normally use your kitchen.

Install a modular utensil organizer. Utensils have a way of getting very messy over time. Installing a modular organizer makes your utensil drawer less messy. You may have multiple tiers of utensils - with some used more often than others. Consider using separate drawers for lesser used utensils, to keep your utensil space even more organized.

Use clear storage containers. When organizing your pantry or cabinets, use clear storage containers or wire storage containers for loose items like little boxes of food, bags of rice and so on. Clear containers make it easy to browse through your pantry and find what you're looking for.

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Make It Beautiful

Making your kitchen a beautiful place to spend time can make the experience of using your kitchen more rewarding and enjoyable.

Paint. A fresh coat of paint makes your kitchen look brand-new! Be sure to choose paint that's glossy and easy to clean - glossy, semi-gloss or satin paints work well in most kitchens. Neutral colors are popular in kitchens - white and gray make your kitchen feel clean, while blue-grays and green-gray colors add a touch of charm.

Replace little features a bit at a time. One week you might replace your old, beat up oven mitts and kitchen towels. The next week, you might buy a new toaster oven. When you're ready to make a big change, refinish your cabinets. By making these changes, your kitchen will gradually become more enjoyable until you're happy spending time there.

Extra tip: With Prepdeck's various design options, you can find the perfect fit for your kitchen's aesthetic.

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Buy the Right Tools

It's important to have the right tools in your kitchen! Here's what to invest in.

High quality pots and pans. Trying to cook with poor quality pots and pans can be frustrating - especially when the food burns to the inside of the pans! Invest in quality pots and pans that distribute heat evenly and cook food beautifully.

Food processor. A food processor makes cutting and blending foods easy and fast. For someone who doesn't like the monotony of cooking (particularly slicing, dicing and mixing), a food processor can make your cooking routine quicker and more rewarding! Food processors come in a range of sizes, but to get the most utility out of your new appliance, invest in a large food processor.

Cooking Organization Unit. Prepdeck makes it easy to prepare ingredients ahead of time, so you're all ready to start cooking when you get home! Prepdeck makes it easy to divide foods by type and keep foods fresh. This way, you can prepare food the night before, and quickly get dinner ready with pre-prepared vegetables, meats, and cheeses.

Prepdeck also comes with a variety of utensils like a juicer, cheese shredder and slicer, so you can get rid of some of those old utensils in your kitchen drawers. Having these tools all on-hand in your Prepdeck will help you stay organized and allow you to get rid of extra tools you don't need.

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Following these tips and enhance your kitchen with tools like the Prepdeck, cooking can be a joy!