7 Things Everyone Should Have in Their Kitchen

Things you NEED in your kitchenThings you NEED in your kitchenIt would be tough for a carpenter to effectively do his work without the proper tools. And what is a sculptor without clay, a painter without paint and pianist without a piano? They wouldn't get very far without the "tools" that help them perform their duties.

As moms, we all have our own "tool boxes" that help us perform our many artistic tasks. I call them artistic because we are artists, better yet, creators. We create every day. Whether those creations are good or bad is another story, but we create. We're creating memories, environments, meals, happiness, and sculpting little personalities. And how are we going to do our job without our necessary tools?

I have lots of secret tools lying around the house that literally save me every day. They make my job easier.

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When I'm home, it's safe to say I spend most of my time in the kitchen (a.k.a Grand Central Station). It's a busy place! The floor is always mapped with a trail of shoes, socks, coats and backpacks leading to their respective rooms and the bar is full of papers and everything else that is missing a permanent home. Oh…the kitchen. The first place in need of tools.

Here are 7 things that make my life easier in the kitchen. (These are items aside from the obvious like fridge, microwave, sink, etc… which I most definitely wouldn't want to live without!)

Cordless Kitchen VacuumCordless Kitchen Vacuum
1. Cordless Kitchen Vacuum
No more sweeping for me, I put my daughter in charge of the kitchen floor. She "owns" it. She loves the vacuum and I'm happy to hand that piece of the house over to her. Win/win!

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2. Clorox Wipes
These sit on every counter in my house. Kids can easily help clean up messes with these wipes and the plus is they kill germs too. It's just too easy!

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Pizza CutterPizza Cutter
3. Pizza Cutter
I use this handy little gadget to cut up bite size pieces of anything. It's a life-saver.

4. Blender
Not much needs to be said, other than I love hiding spinach in smoothies and my kids love milkshakes and salsa!

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5. Timer
Keeping track of 5 minute, 7 minute, and 2 minute time-outs is not an easy task for my brain. I get sidetracked and forget to look at the clock. I need a timer going practically all day! Timed math tests, timed computer- time, you name it, I need a beep!

White Magnet BoardWhite Magnet Board
6. White Magnet Board
Order trumped style recently at our house and one wall in my kitchen is now completely covered with a giant white board. And I LOVE it! Oh I needed it! It helps me keep my ducks in a row. It houses homework papers, jobs, goals, notes, and everything else!

7. Music
Everyone's happier when there's music playing! We all kind of like to dance while we do the dishes.

- By Mandy Cheney

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