The Wizard of Oz was right when it said, “there’s no place like home.” But really, I’d like to add to the wisdom by saying there’s no place in the home like the kitchen!
“The home should be the treasure chest of living.”
When I lived in the city, I followed the city-slicker philosophy of “if it’s not needed every day, it’s not needed.” Which works absolutely fantastically until you move to your first home, step into the kitchen that’s the size of your ex-apartment, and think, “How do I fill this?”
A revelation: All these years, I had been minimalist cooking – who knew?! My knifes faded into the corner while my spatula was swamped in the drawer.
A second revelation: It was time to visit the kitchen utensil store.
Faced with the challenge of turning my bare kitchen into a blossoming kitchen, I made a mental list of Kitchen essentials for new homeowners that looked a little like:
Kitchen Appliances for New Homeowners
- Vegetable Peeler
- Potato Masher
- Knife sharpener
- Garlic press
- Rolling pin
- Pizza Cutter
- Bottle opener
- Ice cube trays
- Corning Ware
Phew! That really was quite the mouthful, isn’t it? Good thing they’re all on the same aisle.
You might have noticed that I’ve left baking out of the picture. Great observation! That was for the sake of breaking things down into easy-to-manage chunks, so now I present you with …
Baking Utensils for New Homeowners
- Measuring cups.
- Measuring spoons.
- Set of bowls.
- Mixing bowls.
- Wooden spoon.
And the list goes on … depending on how much of a baking enthusiast you are.
For now, I’m going to move on to one of the “blank spaces” that bothered me the most in my new kitchen: the utensil drawer.
Filling Your Utensil Drawer
- steak knives
- serving utensils
- salad serving spoons and forks
- cheese knives
- Food trays or serving platters
Once again, that looks an awful lot like a lot to take care of, doesn’t it? Worry not; you can gather half of the list (if not more) by picking up a convenient kitchen utensil set with almost everything you need in one ultra-heavy box. So, be sure to take the car or order to your new home!
But we’re not there just yet, there’s still a few more kitchen items to pick up, such as …
Extra Kitchen Essentials for New Homeowners
- Kitchen towels
- Kitchen sponge
- Kitchen scrubber
- Hot pads
- Oven mitts
- Kitchen timer
- Plastic cutting board
Your kitchen is already starting to look a little more “kitcheny” after that, right? Now it’s time to move onto some optionals that you’ll really want to consider.
Your kitchen is a happy place where you prepare and enjoy delicious meals. That’s why it should be equipped with appliances, tools, and gadgets that ensure safety, comfort, and your peace-of-mind.
We all have a few kitchen mishaps now and then, and to prevent them from becoming kitchen nightmares, there are a few kitchen safety products you can (and will want to!) invest in.
Consider adding a fire blanket and small fire extinguisher to your list of kitchen essentials for new homeowners. They can tucked away in cupboards near the stove so that you can keep your décor and peace-of-mind intact.
As well, I think Non-Slip Kitchen Rugs are scandalously underrated for their practical safety benefits, especially if you’re trying to teach your little ones how to wash up.
Kitchen Wrap up …
And there you have it! Everything you need to help your kitchen earn its rightful place as the heart of your home. Next, all that’s left to do is put all of the above-listed items to good use – enjoy!
What do you think?