New Year’s Resolutions for the heart of your home

3 Jan

New Year's Resolutions

It’s that time of year again, New Year resolution time.
Is the kitchen’s lack of organization savaging your schedule? Is its cooking equipment not geared toward healthy eating? There are numerous ways that your space impacts your goals. Here are some ideas designed to help you keep the resolutions you’ve made by making some changes to your kitchen.

Kitchen Resolution No. 1: Cut my electric bill
One great way to do that in your kitchen is to replace your incandescent lights with compact fluorescent bulbs or LED fixtures.

Kitchen Resolution No. 2: Eat healthier
One of the best ways to eat healthier is to steam your food. This cooking style reduces the amount of fat you have to use, while keeping your food moist and delicious.

The challenge for many homeowners is to find room for a steam oven. This built-in steam oven by Miele solves the space problem.

Kitchen Resolution No. 3: Relax more
Whether it’s entertaining friends over a glass of wine or just enjoying a special vintage with your special someone at the end of a work day a built-in wine cooler is a welcomed addition to your kitchen design, consider the Subzero 424 Wine Cooler.

Kitchen Resolution No. 4: Spend more time with family
If your children are still young, specialized furniture like this Learning Tower can help you get closer by bringing your child safely and comfortably to counter height, you can pass along family traditions and your love for cooking or baking with ease.

Kitchen Resolution No. 5: Get organized
Interior cabinet accessories are great tools for helping you get your kitchen organized. Begin by determining which items you use every week and move the others out of the kitchen. The ones you use will be easier to find when you have them neatly stored in handy organizers, like this custom designed insert by Rosario Cabinets, Inc.

Kitchen Resolution No. 6: Invest in appliances that save money in the long run
Investing in a built-in refrigerator like the Subzero 650G might seem counterintuitive to saving money, but a food preservation system that keeps your meats, dairy and produce fresher longer can help you avoid the massive waste that so many people experience every year. In long run, the amount you save on groceries can easily offset the appliance investment, and keep your conscience clear.

Kitchen Resolution No. 7: Wake up earlier
For those of you who rely on coffee to get going in the morning, this built-in coffee system by Miele is a great kitchen appliance to consider. No, it won’t drag you out of bed, but it can make those early starts easier.

Kitchen Resolution No. 8: Get back to the gym
Exercising works your muscles, but requires protein to rebuild them. To cook your non-vegetarian proteins like poultry, fish, beef, pork and lamb in a healthy way, grill them. This built-in grill by GE Monogram is one of the many fine grills available on the market today.

Kitchen Resolution No. 9: Manage time better
One way to achieve that goal is to speed up your chores. A microwave with speed cook technology can help in this regard, like the GE Monogram Advantium with Speed Cook.

A microwave with a keep-warm setting can help your time management on those occasions when you are running late. A hot meal can still be yours that evening, letting you finish your task more efficiently and enjoy your dinner without the stress of returning to work afterward.

Kitchen Resolution No. 10: Save water
Choose appliances and fixtures that save water like the Bosch 800 Series Dishwasher. Look for the EPA’s newest designation, WaterSense. Sensor faucets are also a good green option to consider for your kitchen.

Kitchen Resolution No. 11: Take better care of my body
Anyone who loves spending hours in their kitchen baking or cooking knows that hard floors can take their toll on your hips, back, feet and legs. Be kind to them by placing a cushioned mat by Wellness Mats in front of your cooktop or range. Your joint’s will thank you right along with the folks who enjoy your tasty treats.

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