It’s easy to feel overwhelmed with ideas and to-do’s when you’re moving into a new space. Walk into any home decor store or open up any interior design magazine, and you’ll instantly be met with hundreds of items and decorations you can use to inspire your home decor journey—but how do you know where to start?
When you’re putting together your new place, it’s important to take it one step at a time. The most crucial thing is to make sure you have all your essentials covered before you spend too much time (or money!) on the decorations and aesthetics.
One of the most essential rooms you’ll need to stock up is your kitchen—after all, that’ll be the space that nourishes and fuels you for the rest of your home. From ceramic non-stick pans to a great coffee maker and quality set of cutlery, there are a number of essentials every kitchen needs, whether you’re stocking your big dream kitchen or working with a small studio space.
When it comes to buying high-quality cooking supplies and pots and pans, don’t put too much pressure on yourself to buy every specialty appliance you lay your eyes on. Investing in quality cookware like ceramic non-stick pans is the key to making your kitchen appliances last longer. Start with a few basics that will allow you to cook your favorite easy meals while taking up as little space as possible.
If an entire set of ceramic non-stick pans and pots of various sizes is currently out of your budget, simply stick with a small-medium and large size of each. If you can, shell out a little extra to make sure it’s a non-stick set—that’ll not only make your cooking less frustrating, it’ll help you avoid having to replace your pots and pans every few months. A lot of easy one-pan recipes and ingredients will specifically call for ceramic non-stick pans, making it even more important to invest in these materials.
Cookware also includes things like spatulas, baking sheets, serving spoons and other cooking supplies that you’ll need for your basic meals. You can find many of these in sets.
Plates, bowls and platters are some of the easiest things to find for your kitchen, but it’s important to make sure you’re buying high-quality pieces that won’t break easily, stain or become damaged under the pressure of heavy meals.
From porcelain to plastic to ceramic and much more, there are a variety of materials you can choose for your serveware, but it’s ultimately most important to choose a set that is sturdy enough to last you for years to come.
Quality Cutlery – Including a Good Set Of Knives
Cutlery is one of the easiest things to shop for, since you can often find everything you need in one set. Spoons, forks and butter knives are an obvious must-have, but there are a few more important things you should consider when checking things off your cutlery to-do list.
Investing in a quality set of knives doesn’t have to cost you an arm and a leg – however, it is important to buy a set that comes recommended and will give you the most quality for your budget. Working with a sharp, high-quality set of knives not only makes cooking easier and quicker, it helps ensure you aren’t going to injure yourself when trying to cut, for instance, a big vegetable with a tiny knife.
Safety and Cleaning Materials
When heading out for your first shopping trip to buy things for your kitchen, it can be easy to place so much emphasis on the big things – like cookware, plates, bowls and cutlery – that you forget about the little things that will keep your kitchen safe and hygienic. It can be helpful to think through what a normal cooking and/or cleaning session looks like for you and walk through all the materials and supplies you’d need in your head.
For cleaning supplies, you’ll need to pick up some dish soap, anti-bacterial wipes, dishwasher pods or liquid, sponges, scrubbing brushes and towels that you can use to clean the counters (and your hands, once you’re done washing them). Don’t forget to pick up some oven mitts and hot plates that will protect you and your countertops from hot dishes and pans!
A Pop of Personality
Once you’ve covered all the essentials from ceramic non-stick pans to cleaning materials, it’s time to play with the look of your kitchen and have a little fun with the aesthetic! You can add small pops of color to your kitchen by choosing fun mugs, plates and towels or shell out for an extravagant backsplash.
Your kitchen will ultimately become a place where memories are made with your friends and loved ones, so don’t be afraid to invest in quality appliances, supplies and decorations that will create the warm, exciting kitchen of your dreams.