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Are you tired of living in a nest of clutter? Getting rid of excess stuff and learning how to live with less can help you enjoy a simpler, more intentional life. Once you banish clutter from your home and take steps to reduce overconsumption, you’ll be surprised how much less time you spend cleaning and how much more money you can keep in the bank. And you don’t have to hire an expert to declutter your home effectively. Here are some tips to make decluttering easy, affordable, and sustainable!

Why Declutter?

Decluttering your home leads to a wide range of benefits for your brain and body, your bank account, and the environment. For example, decluttering is the first step in escaping excessive consumerism. Once you learn that you can live better with less stuff, you’ll be able to kill the urge to constantly buy new things.

Removing clutter from your home can also improve your mental health. According to Verywell Mind, research shows that clutter can contribute to depression, tension, confusion, and irritability. Decluttering your home is key to decluttering your mind!

Make Decluttering Easy

Few things are more overwhelming than a home filled with clutter. Take it step-by-step and break your decluttering project down into manageable chunks. There are many things you can do to make the process fun:

  • Take before and after pictures for motivation.
  • Set a timer and race against the clock.
  • Get a friend to help you install a DripDry dish rack inside a cabinet that hides clutter.
  • Start a decluttering challenge with a partner or roommate.
  • Play a popular decluttering game.

Dispose of Things Sustainably

What about all those things you no longer want? Instead of carting all your old stuff to the landfill, look for ways to dispose of your unwanted items more sustainably. For example, Going Zero Waste suggests selling your gently-used clothing or swapping with friends for their unwanted items. Make donations to specific charities instead of dropping everything off at a local thrift store. You can also upcycle ripped or stained clothing into rags to be used for cleaning.

Repair Your Items

As you’re decluttering, you’ll likely come across a few things that are broken. Test your repair skills before you decide to toss these items and replace them with new products. Learn how to mend holes in clothing and repair simple appliances like stuck fans. When you come across something beyond your repair skills, call an expert! Often, it’s more cost-effective to have something repaired than to replace it, especially when you factor in the environmental cost of adding it to the landfill.

Buy Only What You Need

Decluttering is not a one-time thing, but an ongoing process. Maintain your decluttered home by making a commitment to reducing your consumption. Buy only what you need so you can keep clutter from piling up again, reduce your impact on the environment, and save your money for things that really matter. If you have a habit of splurging, curb your temptation by staying off online shopping websites, unsubscribing from retail emails, and delaying purchases instead of buying things on a whim.

Embracing minimalism doesn’t have to mean giving away all your stuff and living in a stark empty house. Even if you just do a bit of decluttering, you’ll notice a difference in how you feel when you go about daily life at home. Ease into a more minimal lifestyle for yourself and the planet!

Charlotte Meier
HOME SAFETY HUB


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Kosher Kitchen Design Trends for Modern Lifestyles https://thedripdry.com/posts/kosher-kitchen-design-trends-for-modern-lifestyles/ Sun, 01 May 2022 15:38:26 +0000 https://thedripdry.com/?p=7282 Spring cleaning:  Jews around the world prepare their homes for this holiday.  Passover, also called Pesach ( פֶּסַח) is a major Jewish holiday that culturally incorporates memories of survival and triumph.  Pesach is a spring festival associated with cleaning,  followed by a ritualistic Passover Seder celebration that symbolizes the rush of the Israelites in fleeing Egypt, (as the Jews could […]

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Spring cleaning:  Jews around the world prepare their homes for this holiday. 

Passover, also called Pesach ( פֶּסַח) is a major Jewish holiday that culturally incorporates memories of survival and triumph.  Pesach is a spring festival associated with cleaning,  followed by a ritualistic Passover Seder celebration that symbolizes the rush of the Israelites in fleeing Egypt, (as the Jews could not wait for their bread dough to rise leaven), beginning a course of eight days of eating unleavened bread (known as matzah).  Inside the home, Pesach marks a time that alas, the house is so clean, so as not to find one breadcrumb!  And a well-designed home can make a difference when it comes to keeping it clean.

Jews celebrate Passover as a commemoration of their liberation from slavery in ancient Egypt and their freedom as a nation under the leadership of Moses.  It commemorates the story of the Exodus as described in the Bible.  In the narrative of the Exodus, the Bible tells that G-d helped the Children of Israel escape from their slavery in Egypt by inflicting ten plagues upon the ancient Egyptians before the Pharaoh would release his Israelite slaves; the tenth and worst of the plagues was the death of the Egyptian first-born.

The Israelites were instructed to mark the doorposts of their homes with the blood of a slaughtered spring lamb and, upon seeing this, the spirit of the Lord knew to pass over the first-born in these homes, hence the English name of the holiday.  Today, mezuzzahs are placed on the upper frame of entry doors, as a reminder of this event.

kitchen closet dish rack Small kosher kitchen by Menachem Melavsky of Sea Gate, Brooklyn, NY.

The Jewish Home Design:  Shelves for Books Near the Kitchen

Right after Purim, the Pesach cleaning panic begins. There is a lot of scrubbing kitchens, where chometz is always lurking. Houses are ripped apart on the hunt for stray crumbs. Chandeliers are pulled apart. Every pocket of every garment in the house is turned inside out.  And thousands of dollars are spent on new kitchen towels, dish racks and more.

Considering the penchant of Jewish people to become obsessive compulsive about Pesach cleaning to kasher the house, many feel like drained slaves by the time they get to the Seder table and wonder when they will be freed.

Everyone knows the comfort of a clean home. Once it is done, there’s time to enjoy the seder with family.  Only by feeling relaxed and alert at the Seder table, can we fulfill all the Torah and rabbinic obligations and follow the Haggadah with the rest of the family.

cabinet dish drying rack An organized and easy to clean kitchen design with the DripDry insert.

How many kitchens should a Jewish home have?

If money is no object, then the ideal number of kitchens would be six: a year-round one for pareve, a year-round one for dairy, and a year-round one for meat, along with three more for Pesach use.
However, some follow the concepts explained by the Rebbe of Bobov, who said that Baron Rothschild was actually missing the point when he kept a separate home for Pesach that was not used year-round, rather than cleaning his home for Pesach, since the process of cleaning is part of the ritual purification process that we undergo in preparation for Pesach.  In fact, even though many people today keep separate dishes, etc. just for Pesach, they still kasher a few things just for Pesach, again, so that they can undergo the ritual purification process.  (See Rabbi Abraham J. Twerski, Judi Dick, A Taste of Nostalgia: Tales and Recipes to Nourish Body and Soul, page 253.)
People who follow this way of thinking may wish to have only three kitchens, so that they can purify them for Pesach.  Alternatively, they may have six kitchens but kasher some of the utensils from the “year-round” kitchens for Pesach.
Whether you have one kitchen, or six, or any number in between, you will face the age-old problem of quickly getting your dishes from the sink to the dish drier to the cabinet. (This problem will be particularly significant if you are contending with more than one kitchen.)
The Drip Dry cabinet dish rackRacks are anti-microbial that help dry produce quickly. Water drips dry above the sink.

The solution? Install an Israeli-style dish rack.

A 2016 article explored a trend in Orthodox communities in New York, where new home developers are bringing tradition and common sense from Israel, such as drip dry racks for kitchen cabinets, to make the upper cabinet into a drain system, for wet storage. Developers love easy-to-install items, and those who know Heimishe products, use them to create beautiful and functional floor plans.

As the communities are expanding, B”H, heavily-populated areas are prompting developers to make home construction particularly economical to meet the diversified needs of the Orthodox communities.

To accommodate a population growing geometrically, homes are thickly clustered together and crowded within. Eli Kleinman, a carpenter in Crown Heights, Brooklyn, says it makes sense to install a cabinet dish rack above the sink, and he is particularly impressed with the Drip Dry kit because it provides all the pieces to mount drying racks into standard or custom cabinets. Mr. Kleinman explains in a house full of children with mouths to feed, the family is always washing dishes and baby bottles and pre-washing fruits and vegetables that need to dry above the sink, so homes need to have smart design.

Rachel N., a homeowner in Monsey, NY, says “I remember my mother’s dish rack in Bnei Brak and she brought back to here, 2 sets for us 30 years ago when we moved to a new apartment. Yes, 2 for Kashrus, of course. It is still in great condition! It really makes it so much easier to do the dishes! As my older and younger siblings got married, they also got Israeli dishracks. 2 years ago I made a new Pesach kitchen so I got one for the meat area. (for the dairy area I still kasher that part of chumetz kitchen for MUST have dish racks for each the Dairy and Meat sides). My uncle is a kitchen maker and he installed it for me. I have 7 girls aged 3 to 15. The 5 big ones are very involved in doing dishes. They can’t wait to use the dish racks in new kitchen, with Hashem’s help. Not just Pesach!”

Heshy Kallus of Mike’s Dinettes in Borough Park, Brooklyn says “We are always eating and entertaining friends and family around the kitchen, efficient designs are aesthetic and practical.” He further says that when he goes to a customer’s house, and he sees the racks, his customers are always speaking very highly of them.

So just imagine your family coming over for Yom Tov and having no embarrassing clutter in your kitchen. That is what the Drip Dry can give you, along with the satisfaction of knowing that you are supporting the people of Eretz Yisrael by purchasing and installing this 100% Israeli-made product.

Wishing you a Chag Kasher v’Sameach

The Balabuste

Kosher kitchen using cabinet dish rack, The DripDryJewinthecity.com presents cleaning tips.

Pre-Passover cleaning to remove all chometz need not be excessively time consuming. Here are some ideas to help make cleaning a bit faster:

– Immerse household utensils in boiling water.
– Shake books outdoors with air to help blow away chometz.
– Use a pillow case for small items that can be placed in a washing machine.
– Vacuum corner to corner before cleaning surfaces.
– Use household cleaners that dissolve grease and quickly wipe off non-porous surfaces.
– Take old food out of the refrigerator, sweep out crumbs, remove shelves. Wash the inside with a rag soaked in a household cleaner. Dry the shelves and replace, lined with wax paper that can easily be replaced during the year.
– Use boiling water over countertops and around sinks, before wiping off with a household cleaning product.
– Stoves require washing of the top and side surfaces with a strong household cleaner. The burner tops should be koshered by first cleaning them, putting them back, lighting all the burners to the maximum heat and putting on a blech while the burners are on and left for five to ten minutes. Then cover the stove-top with aluminum foil but do not block the air inlets around the burners or on the back of the stove.
– Ovens should be checked for chometz but only need to be cleaned if they are to be used and a common cleaner such as Easy-off can be used. Turn the oven on to its highest temperature for about an hour. If the oven has a glass door cover the inside of it with aluminum foil. The oven racks can be koshered in the same procedure as the oven putting them as close to the heating element as possible.
– Dish towels can be washed and used if there isn’t a separate set for Passover.

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Rich or Poor, Here are “Must Have” Gadgets in Your Kitchen https://thedripdry.com/posts/must-have-gadgets-in-your-kitchen/ Thu, 06 Jan 2022 20:19:09 +0000 https://thedripdry.com/?p=7107 If you’ve ever fantasized your life as a Palace Royal, you’re not alone.   Imagine yourself dining with personal chefs and wait staff, never touching a greasy pot.  But if you’re washing dishes, reality is your delicious recipe comes with kitchen chores. It has been this way since the beginning of time.  As the busy Queen […]

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If you’ve ever fantasized your life as a Palace Royal, you’re not alone.   Imagine yourself dining with personal chefs and wait staff, never touching a greasy pot.  But if you’re washing dishes, reality is your delicious recipe comes with kitchen chores.

It has been this way since the beginning of time.  As the busy Queen in your house, luckily, there are all types of revolutionary gadgets – at a reasonable cost – worth the money for all the time they save.

Here are five favorites “Kitchen Must Have”:

 

1. The Drip Dry cabinet installation kit.

With a hidden dish drying rack to unclutter your kitchen, counters quickly transform between cooking and eating. Think cleanliness and storage starting at your sink.  Hidden pull-down drain racks above and inside a cabinet.  This design of a center cabinet storage organizes space to thaw frozen meat, drains washed vegetables, and dishes to drip and dry.  It is a game-changer.  Expect some needed carpentry work to prepare the cabinet.  At $199.00, this can be installed into any cabinet.

 

2. Kitchen sink scrap basket.

This simple spot for a small garbage container allows water to drip within the sink. About $18.00, it saves time between chopping and turning to the bigger waste container. It can be used for multiple purposes and is overall good to have handy.

 

3. Dish soap pump under sink.

Expect some countertop opening to prepare for this, but at under $20.00 you can get this hack of a clever design.

 

4. A clothing hanger.

You may even have one in your closet; this is about $10.00.  Hook on a cabinet handle and post a recipe.  This prevents the cookbook from getting dirty.

 

5. The power drill brush.

At about $15.00, this can help scrub off some burned-on foods.  Just be mindful of the safety precautions around water.

 

Whether Rich or Poor – Here are “Must Have” Designs for Your Dream Kitchen

The cost of eating out is rising faster than the cost of eating at home.  High inflation is eating up the budgets of American households.  Americans had grown used to spending more than half their food budgets on meals outside the home.  But that changed abruptly when the pandemic hit, and families were forced to cook for themselves.   The purchase power of money has caused a widespread increase in cost, including at the grocery store, and a drastic decrease in expenditures away from home.

Whether the economy has affected you personally or not, we are all spending more time in our kitchens.   For some families, it’s no longer an individual parent going to work and picking up lunch at a restaurant.   That routine has changed to working at home and grabbing an entire meal from a restaurant to feed the family.  And if you’re cooking, that means a lot more dishes.

Nonetheless, if your kitchen is small and cramped or large and expansive, you need a clever layout to make all the difference in helping get the most of out of the space.  While the floorplan of your home will most likely determine the layout that your kitchen will have, including these designs to optimize the area will make it work better:

1. Take advantage of a window opportunity. Where there’s a window, the sanitizing effects of UV light can help keep the area clean by drying out moisture to prevent mildew.  At sinks, windows create quick drying arrangements – turning open space into storage.

Image Credit: The American Cleaning Institute

2. Create wet storage space. Wall mounted cabinets that include wet storage space allows you to prop washed fruits and vegetables above the sink to drip dry.  Gravity draws water down so no towel or plate is needed.  With this incorporated into your design, you literally change how the kitchen space works between tasks to prepare food and the time it takes to put items away.

3. Benefit from corner walls. A smart layout does not require expensive custom cabinetry.  Customize a kitchen design plan to include storage to eliminate excess clutter.  Good kitchen construction design includes space for waste with easy-to-clean out of sight garbage corners.  Hygiene as priority, a vertical “L” shaped wall, against a corner wall, should be tiled with smooth granite or other impermeable surface, to be wiped clean of dirt.  The garbage container lid can be by-passed to avoid touching it, while the receptacle is hidden.

4. Add outlets under base cabinets with apertures in countertops to provide clear workspace where you keep appliances. For wall cabinets, consider bringing down the level to user reach convenience.

5. Think vertical. You only have so much width to work with, so take your cabinets up as far as possible to the ceiling.  If your cabinets do not go up to the ceiling, line them with towels that can be laundered occasionally to remove dust.  Use whatever remaining space above to store things that are used less often.

Consider going to a spa and dreaming about ways to spend your valued time!  With the time not spent washing and drying dishes, even if you’re not a celebrity, you can be a star.

 

A HISTORY OF GOOD DISH RACKS

At the DripDry, we’re all about quality.  What makes a DripDry cabinet drain rack so good? It’s the manufacturer!  Since 1970, High quality polymer and metal, a durable structure and, the vertical segments – manufactured with integrity to serve you for a lifetime!

Of course, our installation customer service is complimentary with a smile.

 

 

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6 Factors That Influence a Home’s Livability https://thedripdry.com/posts/6-factors-that-influence-a-homes-livability/ Wed, 17 Nov 2021 14:27:45 +0000 https://thedripdry.com/?p=7040 If you are looking for a new home — whether it is a single-family dwelling, a townhouse, an apartment, or a condo — you fall into the almost record-breaking demographic of individuals who relocated or planned to relocate within the past year, according to Pew Research Center. If you do choose to buy a home, […]

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If you are looking for a new home — whether it is a single-family dwelling, a townhouse, an apartment, or a condo — you fall into the almost record-breaking demographic of individuals who relocated or planned to relocate within the past year, according to Pew Research Center. If you do choose to buy a home, be sure to check your credit score and get your paperwork and finances in order before you find a real estate agent to find your dream home. By doing this, you’ll better understand what you can afford.

Though you may know you want a home with three bedrooms, central air conditioning, or an in-ground pool, be sure to include the many other factors that determine a home’s livability in your calculations. Below are six for your consideration.

  1. The Home’s Amenities and Layout

The most obvious factors to include on your list of wants and needs can include the amenities, the physical structure of the house, as well as its layout. Do you need a bedroom for each of your children? Perhaps you want a first-floor master bedroom or the ability to turn a spare room into a home office. Those who enjoy cooking may opt for a larger kitchen or a DripDry cabinet dish rack. A high-quality drip-dry rack can offer an easy installment experience, eliminate clutter on the countertops, and save space in the kitchen overall.

 

  1. The Home’s Proximity to Desired Locations

Consider whether the home’s location is vastly different from your previous residences before you commit. If you’re moving from the city to the country, you may not be able to walk anywhere. On the other hand, moving to a more densely populated location can cut down on gas prices and expose your family to more activities.

  1. The Home’s Appearance

If you notice chipping paint, splitting wood, or a roof that needs to be replaced, factor these costs into your negotiations as you will likely have to fix these issues yourself if the seller does not. Consider whether it would be a better idea to buy a fixer-upper with potential over a newer home with no cosmetic issues.

  1. The Home’s Resale Value

A three-bedroom home in the suburbs near a great school is sure to re-sell at a great price. A cottage in the forest that’s miles away from town with unusual architecture or odd decorations may not be as quick of a resale. Think about these things as you plan your family’s future in the home.

  1. The Home’s Safety

If you plan to rent an apartment on the fourth floor, is there an elevator, or will you be carrying groceries up flights of stairs? Would you be comfortable letting your kids walk to a friends’ house? Such questions should be in mind when evaluating your potential home’s safety.

  1. The Rest of the Property

If you are an avid gardener, you probably won’t want to buy a house without a yard. If you have a physical disability or you do not have time to care for a lawn, consider whether you have the means to hire another person to do it for you or think about choosing a home with less green space.

Buying or renting one new home over another is a very personal decision but taking these six factors into account can help steer you in the right direction. Consider the home’s appearance, floor plan, safety, and how you will care for it in the future to come up with your own system of rating its livability.

Charlotte Meier’s mission is shared through Home Safety Hub: to help people live safely in their homes

 

Read about Cleaning and Decluttering the Eco-Friendly Way: Tips for Homeowners

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EVIDENCE-BASED DESIGNED KITCHENS https://thedripdry.com/posts/evidence-based-design-kitchens-2/ Tue, 02 Nov 2021 16:11:57 +0000 https://thedripdry.com/?p=7001 WHERE DESIGN MEETS LIFESTYLE EVIDENCE-BASED DESIGN (EBD) is an outcome-driven approach to designing the built environment based on credible research and empirical data. Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Standards for Accessible Design ADA compliant products are designed to make their use easier, safer, and more comfortable for people with disabilities or limited mobility.  Residential new […]

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WHERE DESIGN MEETS LIFESTYLE

EVIDENCE-BASED DESIGN (EBD) is an outcome-driven approach to designing the built environment based on credible research and empirical data.

Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Standards for Accessible Design ADA compliant products are designed to make their use easier, safer, and more comfortable for people with disabilities or limited mobility.  Residential new building and remodels can incorporate the ideas in the ADA Standards as guidelines to improve overall functionality.  The DripDry delivers a kitchen design that benefits the people who live, work, and interact in these spaces.

Meet Nancy Schnur, founder of Universal Interiors LLC in Kailua, Hawaii.  Since 1982, Nancy has led top residential and hospitality design projects. She earned National Council of Interior Design Qualification (NCIDQ) certification and became a Certified Aging-in-Place Specialist. Through the CAPS certification, Nancy developed an interest in using her talents for those who need it most.

Nancy has been fortunate to help a lot of people and provides design services for anyone who prefers to age in place or has special needs.  She gained an additional certification, Evidence-Based Design Accreditation and Certification (EDAC).  This area of Interior Design focuses primarily on designing for Healthcare facilities, but the premise can be used anywhere.  Just as medicine uses evidence to build knowledge for best practices so should design when it comes to healing environments. Many of these aspects are discussed in Nancy’s blogs and in articles she posts.

Design Impacts Lives

One of Universal Interiors LLC specialties is remodeling kitchens and bathrooms to update you not only with the current trends and efficient fixtures but also to make it accessible for now and for the future so you can stay in your home in your senior years. A professional designer should have the client’s best interest at the core of the design.  It’s important that you feel comfortable communicating with your designer which is why Nancy and her team always like to meet with potential clients to discuss the relationship one is looking for to ensure the vision can be implemented. At Universal Interiors they believe that design impacts lives and operates on the philosophy that everyone deserves good design.

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Lifestyle needs can be met with the ergonomic multi-function design of the Drip Dry hidden dish rack.  It can be built lower in a cabinet for accessibility by an individual who cannot reach higher, and it can be pulled down to a lower level, creating a place to prop washed produce.   With the amount of time spent preparing meals and cleaning, the epitome of universal design is one that helps disabled individuals use their kitchens.

Dish Rack in Cabinet

Design by Universal Interiors LLC / Nancy Schnur, ASID, CAPS, EDAC, NCIDQ

 

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Seen in “NY Weekly” News ~ A Revolutionary Invention https://thedripdry.com/posts/seen-in-ny-weekly-news-a-revolutionary-invention/ Mon, 30 Aug 2021 18:14:15 +0000 https://thedripdry.com/?p=6846 [Image Credit: Cheddar Fast Forward]   Hygienic design was believed to kill germs and help the sick recover A Revolutionary Invention ~ Read about it in COVID: When did you realize your kitchen needs a new design? How COVID is changing kitchen designs of the future: It’s about function and how the kitchen works.  Home offices are likely to […]

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[Image Credit: Cheddar Fast Forward]   Hygienic design was believed to kill germs and help the sick recover

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COVID: When did you realize your kitchen needs a new design?

How COVID is changing kitchen designs of the future:
It’s about function and how the kitchen works.  Home offices are likely to continue.  We clear our counters to cook while electronics are away – until the task reverts.  Quick transformation, between eating and working, involves cleanliness – and storage.

30X30 customized open bottom cabinet. Installed at a window

WebMD Research shows outdoor air is a natural disinfectant. Fresh air and sunlight are germicidal and can kill the flu virus and other harmful germs.

Construction design priority:  hygiene and style. 
The pandemic has breathed new life into a decades-old technique that can zap viruses and bacteria: ultraviolet light.  Where there’s a window, the sanitizing effects of UV light can make it impossible for certain viruses to replicate. Fresh air dries out moisture to prevent mildew.  At sinks, kitchen construction to add windows creates quick drying arrangements – turning open space into storage.

[Image Credit: The American Cleaning Institute]

[Image Credit: The American Cleaning Institute]

Kitchen counters are busy areas that need to be cleared and cleaned between meals and work.  
Microorganisms, mineral deposits, and mildew build up where water accumulates.  Without proper drainage, dish racks get grimy and counters get damaged.  Mold grows on flat, moist surfaces.  According to Tali Simhoni, inventor of the DripDry kitchen cabinet installation kit, “dish racks and mats are to be avoided at all costs!”

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There is no better design than an organized kitchen cabinet dish rack that hides clutter, is hygienic, and saves time.

Turning the kitchen back into the office with cabinetry to place wet items above the sink and dry items under the sink. 
Wall mounted cabinets that include wet storage space allows you to prop washed fruits and vegetables above the sink to drip dry.  Gravity draws water down so no towel or plate is needed.  Dish racks take needed counter space.  So the attentive kitchen designer literally changes how the kitchen space works between tasks and domestic routines such as rinsing fresh produce, washing heavy pots, and the time it takes to put items away – to turn the space back into an office.

Adding an abundance of electrical outlets under the sink to keep the counters clean.
Base cabinets need electrical outlets under the countertop with apertures for minimal cords.  Electronics need docking storage organized in a shelved cabinet.  Ideally, base cabinets under a sink should be wide enough to fit at least two items:  an electric garbage disposal and a water filter system.  The garbage disposal is a blessing to be most appreciated for fast clean up.  A water filter system requires under sink storage with access to plumbing.  All base cabinets, whether used for kitchen utensils or electrical devices, need to be wired.

Kitchen sinks can have even more bacteria than a garbage bin.  The faucet handle can reintroduce bacteria to your hands after you’ve washed them too. Though hot, soapy water is amazingly effective at eliminating bacteria, for added insurance, smart design includes handy cabinets to keep cleaning products such as bleach (which kills microbes in the drain) in easy reach throughout kitchen work zones.  If you’re able to go the extra mile, a sensor faucet can be installed to avoid touching the faucet; again, be sure to add electrical outlets inside base cabinets.

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Base cabinets:  Add more electrical outlets under the counter top with apertures for minimal cords to keep counters clean for electronics.

Surface materials will inhibit cross contamination. 
Easy to clean, non-porous surfaces, such as large tiles on back splashes, walls and floors, with minimal grout between overlays, will be a trend that stays.  When deciding on material, look for beauty, versatility, and durability, with specific attention to how surfaces are cleaned.  It’s a big no-no to wipe counters with towels to then towel-dry washed dishes.  Design for safety with wet storage easily in reach.

CAD Kitchen Plans Design Software, The DripDry

[Image Credit:  Northland Cabinets, MN] 
Kitchen design and planning software help you produce a kitchen layout that helps keep counters sterile.

Take advantage of corner walls to create maximize hidden storage space.
A smart layout does not require expensive custom cabinetry.  Customize a kitchen design plan to include storage to eliminate excess clutter.  Appliances are no longer limited to dishwashers, microwaves and refrigerators; nowadays, plan for a printer and other electronics.

Good kitchen construction design includes space for waste with easy-to-clean out of sight garbage corners.  Hygiene as priority, include a vertical “L” shaped wall, against a corner wall, tiled with smooth granite or other impermeable surface, to be wiped clean of dirt.  The garbage container lid can bypassed to avoid touching it, while the receptacle is hidden.  Post-Covid construction designers incorporate smart placements of cabinets at windows, materials with surfaces easy to clean, walls to create storage, and an abundance of electrical outlets in hidden places.  The productivity and health benefits from good design add quality to life – and may even extend it!

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Clean lines with minimal tasks to maintain a kitchen.

 

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Mary K’s Kitchen Renovation Story https://thedripdry.com/posts/marys-kitchen-story/ Sun, 23 May 2021 13:17:44 +0000 https://thedripdry.com/?p=6528 Mary K’s dream kitchen was a long time coming; in fact, it took about 35 years.            Over the duration of her husband’s long diplomatic career, the family lived in several countries and experienced a wide array of cultures. Their children went to American overseas schools and connected with their host countries through academics […]

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Mary K’s dream kitchen was a long time coming; in fact, it took about 35 years.           

Over the duration of her husband’s long diplomatic career, the family lived in several countries and experienced a wide array of cultures. Their children went to American overseas schools and connected with their host countries through academics and sports, loving swimming, soccer and track.

But Mary, already a foodie before it was a vocab word, learned about these countries through their cuisines. In Argentina, she learned to love beef and more importantly, she learned how to cook it. 

“The huge grill, a.k.a. parrilla, was just off the kitchen and was as big as a church organ” she remembers. It was on that parrilla that she learned how to cook lomo (tenderloin), chorizo with chimichurri sauce and achuras (offal), a traditional Argentine delicacy.

Her kitchen in Lebanon had a butler’s pantry and her kitchen in Malta had a view of the Mediterranean. But it was her kitchen in Rome, Italy that she remembers most. 

“It was the smallest, galley kitchen and I learned to love it because the space was organized and everything was close at hand” she said.    

“My favorite thing, I’m not kidding, was this open dish rack hanging above the sink, where we could simply wash our dishes, rinse them and hang them out to dry. Wow, it was life-changing, and all our relatives who came to visit loved it too!” 

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DDC Handles to pull the racks down to lowered locked position. Bottom ledge was built 4″ inches above the cabinet bottom line.

After 35 years in diplomatic service, Bill retired and they moved back to their 1930 rowhouse in Washington DC. The old kitchen was dark and didn’t have a single drawer; so, wanting to move the outdoors inside with light and color, (check out that backsplash) they planned a remodel.

The first gadget Mary wanted was her over-the-sink drying rack she recalled from so many years before. She searched online and easily spotted the unique DripDry; and the rest is history.

“I was pretty desperate to find one. I didn’t know what kind of cabinets I wanted, but I knew I wanted the DripDry inside one of them” she laughs. 

Mary uses the DripDry for easy access when reaching for a cutting board or favorite knife, and she frequently has her espresso pot drip drying there, alongside other dishes. Sometimes she puts the dishes away, sometimes she doesn’t. 

“You can just push upward on the Drip Dry rack, dishes and all, click it into place and close the cabinet doors. No one would guess it’s full of wet dishes. It’s perfect for a small, DC kitchen.”

She uses it for more than dish storage too. “We eat lots of fruits, salads and Italian greens with oil and garlic” she notes, “and the DripDry easily holds my washed broccoli rabe and other greens.”  Now, most any salad Mary makes, she washes her produce and places it on the DripDry, to drip dry.

Mary says “Online reviews are typically 1-to-5 stars—that’s just not enough. I love this thing so much I’d give it 10 stars if I could.”

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Raised cabinet above sink with completely open-bottom cabinet. Large size mounted higher in a cabinet to hide handles.

 

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Worst New York Kitchen Designers – Wall of Shame! https://thedripdry.com/posts/new-york-wall-of-shame/ Mon, 04 Jan 2021 04:12:26 +0000 https://thedripdry.com/?p=5301 After renovating a kitchen, do you post pictures of your finished masterpiece on your company’s website?  We searched hundreds of New York Kitchen Designers “Gallery” pics. In fact, we may have judged yours.  Here are the worst by name with why they made the Wall of Shame: # 1 DreamWork Kitchens in Mamaroneck, NY  (Worst) […]

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After renovating a kitchen, do you post pictures of your finished masterpiece on your company’s website? 

We searched hundreds of New York Kitchen Designers “Gallery” pics. In fact, we may have judged yours.  Here are the worst by name with why they made the Wall of Shame:

# 1 DreamWork Kitchens in Mamaroneck, NY  (Worst)

Look at the Kitchen Above, Not one, but two, drying spots to ruin a countertop, where clearly, an open-bottom-cabinet-dish-rack above the sink, would be an aesthetic alternative to this Shame.

Once you’ve renovated a kitchen, you want good pictures, in hopes of scoring more business.  After all, a beautiful picture can make the difference in what you can offer, and an inspirational pic is what people are looking for.  These actual photos show some of New York’s worst designers: Caught with a dish rack on a beautiful counter.

Don’t get named on our Wall of Shame.  A dish or drain rack is a necessity at the sink, and after washing a pot, it’s turned upside down on a lip or mat to dry.  If your kitchen is beautiful, but not functional, it is not designed well.  As Steve Jobs said “Design is a funny word.  Some people think design means how it looks.  But of course, if you dig deeper, it’s really how it works.”

Kitchens are often one of the most used rooms in a home, so when it comes to designing, these are a few big mistakes to avoid. 

# 2 Kitchen Cabinet Kings in Queens, NY


Dish rack on right and soap on left.  This newly renovated kitchen has available hidden storage space right above the sink, a
Shame! 

Designing a kitchen isn’t just about beautiful counter tops and light fixtures. If it doesn’t serve the needs of your client, then it hasn’t ticked off one of the most important qualifications of a good kitchen: functionality. 

If you use a professional kitchen design software that will guide you through every step of your planning and design journey, apply a space planning rule to first include every potential place for storage.  Then  look at plumbing before dazzling light placement, etc.

# 3 Castle Kitchens in Bronx, NY


“After” pic features a load in the sink, where just above, potential hidden storage space wasted is a
Shame.

Space planning is an essential step in the kitchen design process. Without proper space planning, you risk creating a design that is not optimal and that doesn’t work well for your client. Especially in vertical cities, where space is bare, New York Kitchen Designers need to look at every possibility where the height used is a blessing.

Upgrade your sale with add-on features to increase the project.  The key to a successful design project starts with determining the purpose of the space being designed. As a professional, New York Kitchen Designers, it is your job to ask all the right questions and gather all the necessary information to plan out a functional space that suits your client’s needs.

# 4 My Home Kitchen and Bath Design in Bronx by Evelyn Perez


Utter chaos.  This corner sink placement makes it difficult to clean behind – but a dish rack and sponge on the counter, aesthetically, is a
Shame.

When New York Kitchen Designers fail a designer fails to respect the work triangle rule, the kitchen remodel quickly becomes a chore to maintain.  Bummer.  There are a number of things to consider when remodeling a kitchen. You want to maximize efficiency without losing the style elements you had in mind. So, what can you do to ensure that you’re getting the most out of every square foot of your kitchen? Focus on narrowing the distance between work spaces by creating an equilateral designed triangle. That means, envision when cooking, moving to and from the sink, cabinets, and stove. These three items should be in close proximity of each other. If you implement the equilateral triangle design in your kitchen, your client spends less time preparing meals and cleaning up. This highly efficient design element makes the most sense in smaller kitchens without islands separating the sink and appliances. Still, it can be introduced to larger spaces. A cabinet rack or drainer can serve as a resting spot for washed vegetables that are going to be used. 

# 5 Modern Cabinet Co. in Poughkeepsie, NY


Missed window opportunity!  We love windows for views and ventilation, so keep the view outside and counters clear on the inside!   Above this sink was potential for lined cabinets with hidden storage.  What a
Shame.

Plumbing:  when designing a kitchen layout, if a window cannot be obstructed, put the plumbing elsewhere within the kitchen.  A sink does not necessarily have to be beneath a window.  If a window or open space is part of the landscape, plan a counter and the sink beneath a cabinet.

Kitchens have a lot of stuff! From small appliances and cooking utensils to pots, pans, dishes, glasses, and silverware.  One common design mistake is not including enough storage. If your kitchen space is small, consider extra tall upper cabinets. Almost every kitchen has some wasted space that can be utilized with a little planning and forethought!

# 6 My Home Design & Remodeling in New York City, NY


We added this to our Wall of Shame because it will be caught with a dish rack.  This designer did not anticipate how this little counter will work.  No drain rack above the sink is a
Shame.

Even if you’re working with a larger kitchen space, an invisible dish rack built-in to a cabinet prevents counter damage because gravity draws water straight to the sink, but this is a particularly valuable feature in situations where small kitchen space is an issue.

# 7 Anonymous 


So bad, as a courtesy, we will not reveal the designer’s name.  With overflow from a dishwasher, this newly renovated kitchen is a Shame.

Kitchen space creates a state of great comfort and extravagant living, whether the kitchen is on an estate or within tiny confines. Kitchen space in high-rise cities such as in New York City is especially valued.  Space is not just a necessity; it is a luxury. New construction in particular has shrinking floor plans and rising prices per square foot for apartment rentals and sales. More functional and efficient layouts are design prerequisites.

Kitchen renovation companies, beware, posting photos without a built-in cabinet dish rack drain system over a sink can land your pics on a Wall of Shame. 

High Quality Material & Design best cabinet-dish rack.

How to include a dish rack cabinet above a sink? 

For pre-existing and customized cabinetry, available in stock sizes that pull-down and static racks of any width.  A template is included so measurements are outlined before installation, which opens a cabinet bottom.   Add it to New York Kitchen Designer blueprint plans.  The DripDry is the only drain rack kit guaranteed to fit any cabinet in the world. 

DripDry products come with the extra security of a Life-Time Warranty

Never compromise style for how the kitchen works.  It should be designed to function like a well-oiled machine, not causing a burden to find hidden storage for various pots and pans.

Always look right above the sink.  Open spaces are great opportunities to add a pull-down model or static dish rack.  Failure to include this concept into design simply ruins the scene and causes clutter.  Counter top drying causes water damages and blackish or greenish films; not hygienic when you think about it.  So be sure not to let this happen with a DripDry kitchen design.


This is good.  When a designer installs generous cabinets up to the ceiling, all the space is maximized – as opposed to wasted space that collects dust on top of the cabinet. 

Give your clients counter space for cutting washed fruits and vegetables.  Offer placement of a drain rack above a sink and add  the benefit of more storage.  Dry straight with the ability to tilt, (not necessarily flat,) with the ultimate racks for drainage.  A secured tilt gives quick shiny dry glasses and china.  Easy to install, the DripDry dish rack is the aesthetic alternative for a quality life.

beautiful kitchen with The DripDry installed inside the cabinet
Highest quality material.  Functional plan for the kitchen to be used.  

The bottom of the cabinet is not attached or is removed altogether. Alternatively, a frame is cut out from an existing bottom of a cabinet. DripDry dish drying rack kits include all parts to mount the system into  any cabinet. Adjustable fasteners position the Dish Rack DripDry snug into place (as cabinets slightly vary in precise size).  Add a bottomless or open bottom cabinet above a sink in your CAD kitchen plan software and build a fabulous kitchen. See our Gallery.

 

 

Sleek Design dish drying rack with static racks above a sink
This smart placement of a drain rack above the sink provides a convenient and environmentally-friendly spot to dry wet fruits and vegetables.  The cutting board at the sink is great for scraps to fall into a waste bin below in the sink.  

Add CAD kitchen design plans.  It’s easy to install and increases sales in kitchen renovations.   With its versatile options for different types of installations, always add DripDry racks.  DripDry cabinet dish drainers will never rust, made of a solid aluminum frame with white Polystyrene dish rack segments, making it stainless and resistant to humidity and water. It hides 13 lbs. and saves time putting dishes away. 


Add to CAD kitchen design software

Guaranteed to fit, or your money back, with a Life-Time Warranty for the life of the product.  Make life enjoyable, less hassle.

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This Kitchen Cabinet-Dish-Rack Organizer That’s Oh-So Clever https://thedripdry.com/posts/this-kitchen-cabinet-dish-rack-organizer-thats-oh-so-clever/ Wed, 18 Nov 2020 00:40:56 +0000 https://thedripdry.com/?p=5180 Our kitchen suffers from a serious lack of counter space. (Ah, the joys of putting away pots and dishes only to make space for cutting on the countertop). So because of this, we’re forced to improvise in order to get all of our kitchen essentials to fit. This cabinet-dish-rack drainer with its abundance of storage […]

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Our kitchen suffers from a serious lack of counter space. (Ah, the joys of putting away pots and dishes only to make space for cutting on the countertop). So because of this, we’re forced to improvise in order to get all of our kitchen essentials to fit.

This cabinet-dish-rack drainer with its abundance of storage for large washed bowls, pans, and even a utensil holder, holds all of our silverware above our sink and frees up the countertop. Brilliant!

It makes our kitchen’s appearance clean, without the horrifying sight of clutter.  It is aesthetic, practical, and convenient.

I no longer feel frustrated when looking for space to dry washed fruits and vegetables. After rinsing, I put them up on the rack and moments later, with the help of gravity, the items are dry.  And so is my counter!

Besides not having to wipe water off my counter, I especially love the grip of these racks that lets me tilt glasses, bowls, and plates.  The tilt is great because the water doesn’t puddle. For example, a wine glass turned upside-down with a tilt is the best way to dry without water accumulating on the base. Streak-free!

I no longer deal with dirty grime on a used dish rack. My dishes are clean, and already in the cabinet where they are hidden.

This clever placement of drain racks should be a standard design. It was popular in Italy and throughout Europe – but their cabinets were made for the racks. This new DripDry “installation kit” provided all the hardware to mount it into my own cabinet that I bought from Home Depot.

It was fairly easy to install because the kit included a stencil template in order to open the cabinet floor / bottom.  I keep looking at my kitchen now with affection – for this Oh So Clever improvement.

 

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Five Incredibly Simple Kitchen Storage Solutions https://thedripdry.com/posts/five-incredibly-simple-kitchen-storage-solutions/ Mon, 24 Aug 2020 18:58:55 +0000 https://thedripdry.com/?p=1816 Did you know that the average adult spends more than three years of their life in the kitchen? With so much time spent in this culinary workshop, you’d expect it to function like a well oiled machine. However with most kitchens being so poorly optimized, the reality for most people is that preparing a meal […]

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Did you know that the average adult spends more than three years of their life in the kitchen?

With so much time spent in this culinary workshop, you’d expect it to function like a well oiled machine.

However with most kitchens being so poorly optimized, the reality for most people is that preparing a meal can feel more like a tiresome game of Tetris, as you juggle pots and pans, appliances, and groceries that ooze from every cupboard or cabinet.

So in this article, we’ll show you five incredibly simple kitchen storage solutions that you can apply in your house to better use the space you have and transform your kitchen from a place you dread, into a well-organized creative studio fit for a chef!

#1 : The Dish Rack.
Whether you get by with just a dishwasher or mat, every modern kitchen has some way of draining wet items.
The problem is that they take up tons of working counter space and unless you have an expensive housekeeper to clean up, they’re likely to make your kitchen feel more like a game of swap mate rather than a free work space.
An elegant solution for making your washed dishes both easily accessible but at the same time easy to conceal, is to move them into a cabinet above the sink by converting the cabinet into a drip-dry cabinet.
This way you’ll have unrestricted access to them when you’re using them, but when guests come over, hiding them will be as simple as closing a door.
Obviously for this solution, you’ll need to have a handyman or carpenter install it, but it’s a small price to pay for the aesthetic and function that it will give your kitchen.

#2 – The Pantry.
For most people, the pantry is the most frequently used cabinet in the kitchen.
Unfortunately though, it can also be one the most frustrating with its deep shelves, often forcing you to juggle multiple items from the front, in order to access items in the back.
A great way to make every inch of your pantry easily accessible without sacrificing any usable space, is to turn your shelves into drawers.
This way you can simply pull them out one at a time, bringing every single item within easy reach.

#3 – The Dreaded Corner Cabinet.
Quite possibly the most annoying space in your kitchen, the corner cabinet beneath your countertop is home to vast amounts of painfully awkward space.
This is because the front access point is disproportionately small compared to the overall storage area.
What you need is a simple way to get items from the back to the front, without having to get down on your knees and reach aimlessly into the abyss.
A great way to do this is to add a lazy suzan to each shelf, allowing you to rotate items to the front like a carousel. And you can pick these up for a few dollars at your local hardware store.

#4 – Pot Storage.
Pots and pans are one of those things that you use just about every day.
And if you’re like most people, you probably have them sitting inside a cabinet stacked on top of each other like a half finished game of Jenga.
And each time you reach for one, you risk the whole stack falling down in a symphony of clanging and banging.
A simple solution is to install a retractable hanging rack allowing you to pick the one you want with ease.

#5 – Under the Kitchen Sink.
Under the sink is a notoriously awkward space mainly because of the plumbing required for draining water.
However, just because this space harbors an obstacle doesn’t mean it should be condemned.
By installing custom drawers that never hit the pipes, similar to those in the pantry, you can bring typically difficult to access bottles, brushes, and sponges within an arm’s reach.
Another neat hack for even more convenient access to your sponges and brushes which are used multiple times during the day, is to hide them above the sink in a draining cabinet, such as the DripDry cabinet.
The DripDry cabinet installation kit includes all the parts and pieces required to mount a drain rack into a cupboard or cabinet.

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