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Friday, October 18, 2013

Update your kitchen this Diwali

Updating a kitchen can be expensive. However, the kitchen is typically one of the busiest rooms during the holidays.

A few simple yet inexpensive updates can take your kitchen from worn out to "wow." Follow these kitchen updating tips below to help you - and your kitchen - sail through the holidays with style.

Evaluate your china plates and serving dishes :

Take a good hard look at your everyday and special occasion dinnerware. Is it scratched or chipped? Usually there is no need to replace the entire set; inexpensive decorative salad plates or glassware can dress up most everyday dinnerware.

Inventory your pots and pans :

If you plan to entertain, now is the time to plan your menu and see if you need any additional cookware or appliances. Most dishes can be made without fancy appliances, so to save money, plan your menu around your existing pantry and cookware. Only purchase something if it's an item that you will continue to use.

Replace your dish-towels, cloth napkins and hot pads :

These are the items in a kitchen that most quickly show wear and tear. Since they are the most inexpensive to replace, there is no reason to use that worn out hot pad on your holiday table. When you purchase cloth napkins, buy an extra two or three to have on hand to replace those that get stained.

Consider the lighting :

Many times we make do with whatever lighting is available, but adequate lighting is elemental to having a bright and functional kitchen. Replace worn-out appliance bulbs our outdated overhead lighting. Inexpensive fluorescent lighting works well in a kitchen, and the newer fixtures look great, too.

Organize that messy drawer :

This will be the drawer that guests will always open when looking for a fork or serving spoon. Pretty drawer liners (think scrapbook paper!) and organizing trays can be purchased on a dime.

Do a "Diwali" cleaning :

Before the holidays hit, invest in one day of thorough cleaning of all surfaces, inside and out. Clean out the fridge, oven and pantry, washing the drawers and shelves and discarding outdated food. Vacuum out kitchen drawers, wash the windows and curtains and/or shades, and dust the tops of cabinets and the fridge.

Wipe down or clean cabinet fronts :

It's amazing how many spills and splatters congregate on cabinet fronts. Use a soft cloth dipped in a mild degreaser or diluted dish soap then rinse with a moist sponge. Don't forget to wipe under the edge of the counter tops and along the bottom edge of cabinet doors where grime tends to hide.

Create a yummy ambiance :

Scented candles that release a pie, cookie or yummy holiday cooking smell can do a lot to enhance your kitchen's vibe. You can place these candles at the safe place which is out of reach from your kitchen even by providing refreshing fragrance.
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