Increase Kitchen Efficiency With Ease

As the festive season approaches and the calendar begins to populate, it’s important not to allow the stress of entertaining large groups to become a burden. Below are four tips to help organize a kitchen and host with ease, creating a functional space for family and friends to enjoy.

Plan in advance

Set aside time early in the week to plan the menu, from simple appetizers to the main entree. Grocery shopping apps, like AnyList, allow the whole family to share and build lists together — which can help avoid any last-minute trips to the grocery store. Also, try to identify dishes that can be prepared in advance so more time can be spent away from the kitchen when guests arrive.

Maximize storage and counter space

Optimize counter space by designing small stations for easy access to the necessities. A coffee bar “nook” complete with Keurig cups and mugs can help kick-start a busy day. Storage near the fridge should be stocked with foil and containers, ideal for packing up leftovers after a large party. Reserve the island counter for meal prep and the cabinets below for serving ware and glassware storage.

Keep all staples in arm’s reach

Cooking can be made simple by organizing the essentials. Keep similar tools together, such as bakeware and cookie sheets in one drawer, and pantry staples in another. Spices and herbs should be alphabetized and stored near the stovetop to effortlessly add flavor. For those with design in mind, opt for open shelves to showcase dishes and small kitchen accessories, such as succulents and cookbooks, while keeping everything within reach.

Simplify kitchen cleanup

Cleaning is often the most time-intensive chore in the kitchen, but if designed right, can be a breeze for home entertainers and kids alike. The Delta Foundry Kitchen Faucet complete with ShieldSpray Technology, available at the Home Depot, offers laser-like precision to contain splatter, meaning less soaking, scrubbing and shirt swapping. (BPT)

Happy Anniversaries to the InFluential Family

William Jackson, Chief Business Officer of InFluential Magazine, Spanish InFluential, and Teen InFluential.

William Jackson, Chief Business Officer of InFluential Magazine, Spanish InFluential, and Teen InFluential.

This month we mark six years of service to you, InFluentials, it makes me pleased to say I’ve had the honor of working at InFluential Magazine for all six of them, and I’m just as passionate about our mission today as I was when we started in 2011.

Like so many of you, I’ve been a fan of the InFluential Magazine from the moment we created our first issue and made the effort to ensure each issue is “Dedicated to the Art of Living Well”.  I will never forget the issue featuring supermodel Alessandra Ambrosio on the cover, walking the runway with style, beauty, and grace.  Another one of my favorites features another supermodel, Julie Anderson.  Julie has graced the cover of many popular magazines and can now add InFluential Magazine to the list.  Julie’s cover is mounted in the hallway entrance of my home to remind me each day of the importance of surrounding ourselves with amazing and positive images and stories that influence and inspire us.

One of the best features of working at InFluential Magazine is when we hear from you. We love it when you write in and tell us how much you appreciate the work we’re doing to influence and inspire you toward living well.

It is you we have to thank for the years you’ve supported and celebrated with us, the stories you’ve shared, and the impact we’ve been able to make together on our communities.

There’s much more to accomplish. We want to be everywhere you are and with our plans to expand our offerings through an updated website and additional social networking platforms, we shall continue providing more ways for you to connect with the InFluential family.

I want to take a moment, also, to wish a Happy 2nd Anniversary to Spanish InFluential and Teen InFluential.

Have a wonderful entrance to fall.  Happy 6th Anniversary!

Joyfully,

Will

Chief Business Officer of InFluential Magazine, Spanish InFluential, and Teen InFluential