Renovating a Kitchen? The One Design Tip That’ll Make Your Life Easier

published Apr 3, 2014
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If you’re renovating a kitchen, there are dozens of things to consider: what kind of countertop do you want? Where does the range go? But sometimes in the midst of materials madness, it’s easy to overlook the simple, smart design decisions — the ones that, ultimately, have way more effect on your day-to-day kitchen life than what kind of hardware you choose.

Myquillyn of the blog Nesting Place isn’t a kitchen designer, but she’s lived in enough kitchens to know what makes for the best workflow. She designed her kitchen island above to suit a very specific purpose. Can you guess what it is?

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The dishwasher, and all the storage for the stuff that usually goes in the dishwasher, are right next to each other! Unloading the dishwasher is a dreaded chore in Myquillyn’s home, so she catered to that chore in her kitchen design by deliberately storing all her plates, utensils, glasses and mugs in the drawers right next to the dishwasher. As she writes on her blog,

Now, everything but pots and pans can be unloaded from the dishwasher without even taking a step. Dishwasher unloading takes about 90 seconds and even the 16-year-old thanked me for planning out the kitchen to make unloading the dishwasher super fast and non-dread-inducing.

Of course, this isn’t necessarily just for kitchen renovators! If you already have drawers next to your dishwasher, you might consider shuffling things around if you, like Myquillyn, also hate unloading the dishwasher. Why not make life just a little easier?

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