Today I was reflecting on the day all of my things arrived in San Francisco. I was putting away things and remembering when I walked in my apartment and how much stuff I have accumulated in three months.
The first thing I unpacked was my kitchen. As my friends who were at my apartment prior to December when I finally had a dresser delivered can attest to, I lived out of boxes of clothes in the middle of the room for about a month. I had no interest in seeing any of my belongings other than my Vitamix and food processor. A girl’s gotta eat things that were chopped up by blades, you know?
When I went on my apartment-hunting trip in SF, I made a list (in my head, not on paper, which I should have done) of things I wanted. The top three were nice kitchen, parking and an in-unit washer and dryer. Despite paying over the GDP of Spain in rent annually, I only have one of those things. Oh, how naive I was. Spoiler alert: it’s the kitchen.
Even if you don’t have a nice kitchen, there are some things you can buy that elevate your kitchen – and make your life a lot easier when you’re cooking. If one of your New Year’s Resolutions (or goals, as the buzz word seems to be this year), is to cook more, you should invest in these not-so-spendy five easy kitchen upgrades. This also accidentally turned into a little mini kitchen tour.
- French Press
I’m kind of a coffee snob. I drink my coffee black so I don’t have anything to mask terrible coffee with, i.e. cream and sugar. My grandmother and mother would flirt with the French Press from time to time when I was growing up. I actually inherited my grandmother’s (aka I asked her for it because she hadn’t used it for years and gave it to me) because I was over making coffee in my dad’s Keurig. For the amount I enjoy drinking in the morning, the Keurig doesn’t cut it.
I rarely use cookbooks despite owning several. I’m pretty terrible at following recipes… I just like them for inspiration. But if you aren’t inclined to just wing it in the kitchen, cookbooks are nice to have. Plus they look nice in the kitchen and you can find out a lot about a person from the cookbooks they have on their counter. Mine say I used to be fat with a Magnolia Bakery Cookbook, am obsessed with Anthony Bourdain with the Les Halles Cookbook and that I’m a complete freak because I have Gwyneth Paltrow’s It’s All Good. (I also own digital copies of a few like Thug Kitchen, The Oh She Glows Cookbook and Davida’s Healthy Breakfast E-Cookbook.
- Knife Block Set
In college I actually asked for a knife set for Christmas. My roommates thought I was crazy because how could one person (well, four people) need so many fancy knives? Trust me. People are still shocked to come over and see a knife block set. It makes life so much easier and it makes you look fancy.
- Glass Canisters
Glass canisters don’t only upgrade how adult your kitchen looks but upgrades the ease in which you can cook things. For example, making overnight oats is a breeze when you can just dip your tablespoon in the chia seeds and scoop out some oats into the jar rather than fighting with the bags they come in.
Art is kind of unexpected in some kitchens I think but it really elevates the space. I have a great print Emily gave me for my birthday last year that I finally framed and have in my kitchen. Angela also got me a super cool beet print that I need to frame and hang. I have a lot of hanging of art I need to do, actually, but also… earthquakes.
- Stand Mixer
Okay, no part of this is easy but it is basically every girl’s dream to have one of these in her kitchen, even if she hasn’t used it in two years… not that I am speaking from experience, or anything. BUT it does make life easier if you’re into baking/cooking. Hand mixers are the worst.
Chat with me:
What three things would you need to have in your apartment/house? What are other easy kitchen upgrades that I am forgetting about? Do you have any of these easy kitchen upgrades?