Center Around the Family Kitchen

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Create a family-centered kitchen in a few easy steps with the help of MR Direct.

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Using comfy bar stools and decorative accessories makes the space more inviting to family, as well as dinner guests.

Many families have hectic schedules with calendars filled with sports practice, music lessons, evening meetings and weekend camping trips. But, amongst all the chaos, the kitchen has proven to be the central meeting place of a home for decades. Why not make it more accessible to this trend? With the following advice from MR Direct, making the kitchen more welcoming and beneficial to every family member will seem very easy:

Message Center:
Creating a message center using chalkboard paint, bulletin boards or dry erase boards provides a clear space for communication. Having a designated wall or corner that is visible to passers-by will make getting important messages to family members a breeze. For the young artists of the household, this can double as an interactive doodle wall to show off their skills.

Central Island:
If the kitchen is large enough, an island in the middle of the main kitchen work area is a great gathering space for meals, conversation and homework. Using comfy bar stools and decorative accessories makes the space more inviting to family, as well as dinner guests. And, incorporating a kid-sized counter on one side of the island provides a safe place for the little ones to partake in activities.

Low Maintenance Materials:
With busy household comes messy accidents. It is inevitable that cushions will be ripped, wood will get warped and counters will get scratched. To cut down on repair costs, choose a low-maintenance counter such as laminate or solid surface and commercial grade seat cushion fabric. These products are easy to clean and withstand wear and tear better than other materials.

Organize the Pantry:
Cleaning the pantry is a daunting task, but it is necessary. Ridding the cabinets and pantry of expired and unused food will make room for organization. Using labeled jars and containers will make the search for specific items easier. Inexpensive baskets are also a good way to organize snacks and allow each family member to have their own bin for their favorite goodies.

Open Layout:
Finally, having an open floor plan that creates a flow from the kitchen to other rooms in the home makes the space easier to gather everyone. When guests take over the house, having additional rooms attached to the kitchen for seating and lounging will still connect everyone even if they are not cooking or eating.

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Paul Best
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