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12 Tips to Simplify Kitchen Life

I love January. After the winter celebrations are over with, life slows down a little. It’s too cold or wet outside to garden. Nights still get dark too early to enjoy the evenings outdoors. It is a wonderful month for quiet time. January is the customary month for setting new goals. How wonderful to be cozy and warm and plan ahead. Indoors it is a great time to declutter from the stuff that keeps us weighed down from change.

There is a fun little article to read at Care2: 12 Tips to Simplify Kitchen Life.
Before remodeling your kitchen, a good idea is to take stock of how much you have in the kitchen. Do you complain of not having enough counter, cupboard or drawer space? Get rid of duplicates. Hoarding leaves one with two sided guilt: guilt for being wasteful and guilt for not letting go. Ask yourself this question, is it outmoded? Is it no longer used? Give them away to charity or someone else who can use them. Clear, clean, and restage the way you use your kitchen. Make way for a New Year, maybe this is the year for a new kitchen.



Laurie Burke, connected to the design and construction industry since 1996. A seasoned residential kitchen and bath design specialist , Laurie has designed thousands of kitchens & baths as well as other cabinetry projects requiring technical precision in design drafting utilizing state of the art 2020 software for creating accurate plans and elevations. Through on- going product knowledge training and a desire to always stay current with an evolving marketplace, Laurie Burke maintains a strong command of knowing the appropriate Fit & Finish materials required for a residential remodel to meet the budget, the timeline of a project and a client's need for a finished product that meets their satisfaction. Kitchen Designer by trade, foodie, techie, weekend traveler for fun. For more information contact me at

4 thoughts on “12 Tips to Simplify Kitchen Life

  1. I love the photos and tips. I was looking on the Internet to see if I could locate someone with whom I was good friends when we lived in Madrid. Her maiden name was Laurie Young, from Yonkers, N.Y. Married name was Burke. If you can help, please e-mail me. Happy New Year to all and keep up the beautiful work on your site. Elaena Hisgen, J.D. (maiden name Kaplan)


  2. Hi Elaena, thanks for visiting.
    Wouldn’t that be fun if it turned out you found Laurie Young Burke. Sadly, it is not me.


  3. Laurie,

    The grayish island at the top of your blog is something I admire each time I visit. I just want to move into that kitchen!

    And, it’s so true about decluttering. On a daily basis, I use a fraction of what’s in my kitchen. Time to go and reassess.


  4. Thanks Kathleen. The island is welcoming, isn’t it.
    Decluttering is therapy for me. I love to constantly edit and update.
    Thanks for stopping in.


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