Eating healthy and reducing stress are more connected to your kitchen than you know. On today’s Joy of Nesting, we’re talking about how an organized, updated kitchen affects your sense of wellbeing and health.
How an Organized Kitchen Affects Your Well Being and Health
The best advantage of having an organized kitchen is that it can make it easier for you to eat healthier. According to experts, a clean and orderly kitchen can help you avoid food waste, prevent impulse buying, and encourage mindful eating.
Here are some tips on how an organized, updated kitchen will help you eat healthier.
Toss What You Don’t Need
Get rid of foods that don’t fit into your healthy eating plan like sodas, processed foods, and high-calorie dairy. If they’re not in your kitchen, you won’t be tempted to eat them.
The ‘Out of Sight, Out of Mind’ Rule
Keep unhealthy foods out of view and in hard-to-reach places, such as the back of the pool house or upstairs guest room.
I like storing chips and other contraband in my garage which isn’t my favorite place to go. This way, I’m less likely to snack on them after dark.
Make a Plan
Before you go grocery shopping, make a list of what you need and stick to it. This will help you avoid buying unnecessary items and save money. Also, plan your meals ahead of time and use leftovers wisely to avoid wasting food.
Store food correctly
Use clear containers, labels, and dates to store your food in the fridge or pantry. This will help you see what you have, use it before it expires, and keep it fresh and safe.
How an Updated Kitchen Supports Your Wellbeing and Health
Another benefit of having an updated kitchen is that it can support your health by providing you with the tools and appliances you need to prepare healthy meals.
An updated kitchen makes fresh produce prep and cooking more enjoyable and efficient, which motivates you to cook more often and experiment with new recipes.
Here are some ways to update your kitchen to support your health:
Invest in Quality Cookware
Having good-quality pots, pans, knives, cutting boards, etc., can make a big difference in your cooking experience. They can help you cook faster, easier, and more evenly, as well as prevent injuries or accidents.
Choose Smart Appliances
Consider upgrading your appliances to ones that are energy-efficient, multifunctional, and easy to use. For example, you might want to get a blender that can make smoothies, soups, sauces, etc., or an air fryer that can cook food with less oil and fat.
Add Some Color and Plants
Adding some color and plants to your kitchen can make it more inviting and cheerful. You can paint the walls or cabinets with soothing colors, or add some accessories like curtains, rugs, or artwork. You can also grow some herbs or vegetables in pots or window boxes and use them in your cooking.
How a Well-Organized Kitchen Can Reduce Stress and Increase Joy
Finally, having a well-organized kitchen can reduce stress and increase joy by creating a sense of order, calmness, and satisfaction in your life.
A well-organized kitchen improves your safety and hygiene by preventing accidents or illnesses caused by clutter or spoiled food.
Here are some benefits of a well-organized kitchen for your mental health:
Save Time and Energy
When everything in your kitchen has its place and is easy to find, you can save time and energy that you would otherwise spend looking for what you need or moving things around. This can make meal preparation faster and smoother, leaving you more time for other activities.
A well-organized kitchen can also help you save money by avoiding duplicate purchases or food waste. By knowing what you have and using it wisely, you can reduce your grocery bills and make the most of your budget. These are huge!
Reduce Stress and Increase Joy
A tidy and orderly kitchen can also bring you peace of mind and happiness by eliminating sources of frustration or anxiety.
You’ll enjoy cooking and food prep so much more when you have a clean and comfortable space that allows you to focus on the tasks at hand. And hosting parties or sharing meals with others is easier and more enjoyable with a well-organized kitchen.
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PS – Don’t forget to check out my other kitchen articles like the 30-Day Game Plan for Your Next Kitchen Remodel too!