Kitchens & Spaces

Mary Berry Ditched Her Dining Room for a Larger Kitchen — Food News

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This past weekend at the Cheltenham Literature Festival, Mary Berry of Great British Bake Off fame revealed that she has "given up" her dining room table because she prefers to eat in the kitchen. According to Independent, she explained that she only ever used her dining room table for Christmas, so she took the extra space to make a larger kitchen.

"Most of us, I think, live in the kitchen," the 82-year-old said at the literature festival. "I do. The homework of my children was done there, my husband would refit a picture in there, and so it's worth thinking about making it a special room which really works for you."

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6 Things That Make Your Kitchen Look Messier than It Is — Organizing Tips from The Kitchn

Whether you're sprucing up for company or just trying to maintain a tidy home on the reg, there are several things that can actually hinder your efforts. Kitchens are a notoriously tough room; no matter how often you scrub, sweep, and organize, if you do any of these six things it will still look messy.

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6 Things That Make Your Kitchen Look Messier than It Is — Organizing Tips from The Kitchn

Whether you're sprucing up for company or just trying to maintain a tidy home on the reg, there are several things that can actually hinder your efforts. Kitchens are a notoriously tough room; no matter how often you scrub, sweep, and organize, if you do any of these six things it will still look messy.

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The Best Kitchen Organizing Hacks on the Internet — #SummerOrganizingGoals

The problem with organizing the kitchen is that it's full of stuff, and that stuff tends to be all different sizes and shapes, so there's no magical solution that will work for everything. Challenging! So it's no wonder the internet is full of ingenious hacks to tackle different areas of the kitchen. Here are some the best ideas out there right now.

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The Right Way to Organize Your Kitchen This Summer: Don’t Listen to Marie Kondo — Organizing Tips

Does everything in your kitchen spark joy? No? Well, you know what? Who cares! Your kitchen is an everyday workhorse filled with gadgets big and small that make your life easier (thank you, garlic press, for existing). Yes, you want it to be functional — and it can be annoying when your cabinets are overflowing or you have to walk halfway across the room to grab a knife mid-recipe — but even if your kitchen needs some organizing help, Marie Kondo doesn't have a place here. Not now and not any of these upcoming weekends. It's summer! Wouldn't you rather hit the beach than spend the weekend upending your kitchen and waiting for your pineapple corer to spark joy?

But if your cabinets really are overflowing — and your pantry's got a clutter problem — you're going to need to address them. Here's how to do it without wasting an entire summer Sunday.

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5 Good Habits to Adopt in the Kitchen This Summer — Happy in the Kitchen

Bad habits are hard to break, but maybe that's because we're thinking about them all wrong. What if it's less about breaking a bad habit and more about making space for something better? Here are five ideas for small, simple changes you can make to help you feel better about yourself and your kitchen this summer.

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