Making your kitchen more efficient isn’t that different from hacking your workday — decide what you actually do, and trim the resistance to doing it. Here’s how you can upgrade your kitchen with a pen, a few hours, and fairly cheap upgrades.
To be honest, the heart of my own kitchen’s recent reboot was not cheap — it was a total gut and remodel, with contractors and drywall and all that fun stuff. Putting the root-level changes aside, it was also a chance to empty out our cabinets and drawers, pack up all the dry goods and spices, and rethink where we wanted everything to go. You can do this too: piece by piece, or en masse across a free weekend day.
Armed with a copy of Cooking for Geeks (specifically its chapter on “Organize Your Kitchen Like a Programmer”) and a bunch of advice from foodie friends and design blogs, here’s how I was able to improve by moving things around, buying cheap after-market upgrades, or scribbling with a dry-erase pen.
Or, you know, you can jam it all into four hours of French-press-fuelled mania on a Saturday night, as shown in the clip above. Your call.
Issue One: Everything is Just Kind of Everywhere