This article was published on July 4th, 2017
When you first move out, you will accept anything free for your new home, from friends, co-workers, and relatives. As you get older, settle into your career, and become established, it is time to start upgrading. Even if you’ve been slowly replacing and buying new things over the years, there comes a time to take a serious look in your cupboards and on your countertops to legit get into today’s modern time. As you come to enjoy home cooking and entertaining, you should have nice things. It’s not a treat; it’s what makes sense. Your kitchen is a reflection of you and your style. Knowing what to keep and what to throw away is essential for revamping your kitchen.
- Buy a matching set of plates, cups, silverware, cookware, and bowls. Nothing says: “I’ve been inheriting the remains of the day from friends’ and family member’s kitchen for years” than a mish-mosh of assorted kitchenware.
- Keep classic family pieces. Matching sets of kitchen utensils and such are great, but grandma’s silver chaffing dish is a classic piece that will never go out of style. Baking something? Mom’s classic 60’s vintage corning wear is a great tool and rare find in contemporary kitchen stores.
- Acquire matching cloth napkins and placemats. Stop using paper towels for everything from napkins to trivets. Cloth napkins and placemats give your kitchen and dining area and extra level of class.
- Make the switch to energy efficient appliances. Modern day microwaves, fridges, toasters, blenders, kettles, etc. are all better calibrated to do a more efficient job while conserving more energy. Your power bill will be less, and your kitchen will look so much better with new appliances.
- Think granite and stainless steel. There is a reason these two items are often found in kitchens nowadays. Granite is stain resistant and stands up to wear and tear like no other. Stainless steel appliances are easy to clean, don’t show scratches, and hold their luster.
- Purchase proper service wear. There’s nothing more adult than hosting your own dinner table with your own fabulous set of service wear. From salad tongs, to gravy ladles, to trivets, to serving forks, to gravy boats, to salad bowls—a good serving set will impress the masses and make you feel like a grown up.
- Put away, hide, or sell appliances you don’t often use. De-cluttering your kitchen and leaving clean, empty countertops will give your kitchen a more spacious, open feeling. This translates to your guests feeling welcome in your kitchen.
- Treat yourself to a matching set of wine glasses, champagne flutes, martini, beer, and shot glasses. Hosting a great dinner party means being prepared for anything and any drink order. Having the appropriate glass to go with whatever your guests are drinking isn’t just old fashioned. It’s classy and befitting of a hostess with the mostest.