When I look back at my childhood, so many of the great memories I had were made in the kitchen. Whether it was listening to my grandmother sing while she made her famous pound cake, or putting the finishing touches on a very important grade school project, the kitchen in our home was where all of the action happened.
Talking to friends, I realized that the kitchen was important for many of them as well. It still is. Now more than ever, the kitchen is family central. No matter what’s happening, everyone eventually ends up in the kitchen, leaning up against cabinets to eat, talk, and connect.
The kitchen isn’t just a place to put meals together. Big and spacious, or small and cozy, a kitchen is truly a house’s heart. Here’s why:
1. It’s Where Important Conversations Happen
“Mommy, can I tell you something?” has been uttered in millions of homes in the kitchen over the decades. Something about the kitchen makes it feel like a safe place to ask for advice and share your innermost thoughts and feelings with the ones you love.
2. It’s Where Family Traditions Are Born
I’ll never forget baking cornbread for Sunday dinner with my grandmother in her kitchen. The day that I taught my daughter how to make it felt like a very important moment. From baking cookies during the holidays, to making black eyed peas and collard greens for the new year, most of the traditions I have as a family took root in the kitchen.
3. It’s Where You Learn Life Lessons
My toddler learned how to sweep by watching me do it every night in the kitchen. I taught my daughter the importance of keeping the kitchen clean. Thanks to Cascade, the important life lessons take less time because Cascade Original ActionPacs and Platinum Rinse Aid make cleaning easier. That’s awesome for me because I still have to teach my kids how to chop an onion without crying, boil eggs, and make a perfect cup of coffee. For me, of course!
4. It’s Entertainment Central
If you’ve ever had an impromptu dance party in the kitchen, slid across the floor in your socks, or lip-synced to your favorite song using a wire whisk as your microphone, you know that the kitchen is the best place for family entertainment. Young or old, if you give a family member a box of pasta or a canister filled with dried beans, they’re going to shake it. Then just sit back and watch the show begin!
5. It’s the Family’s Information Hub
Some families use their refrigerator as the hub, others use a whiteboard. Either way, the kitchen has been homebase for families for decades. It’s where all the information is housed from the school schedule to grocery lists, emergency contact numbers, and more.
6. It’s a Connection to the Past
So many of my earliest and happiest memories took place in the kitchen. I love that I’m sharing recipes that I grew up on with my children. Listening to my parents or aunts and uncles talk about what life was like when they were growing up connects me to the past and makes me grateful that our family history is being passed down in these kitchen table conversations.
7. It’s a Familiar Place Wherever You Go
Although a lot has changed since you were a kid, even technology can’t take away the power of simply gathering in the kitchen with people you love. You could be in another country, or have just moved into a new house, but the draw of the kitchen is a constant. Doesn’t that just make you feel all warm and fuzzy?
8. It’s How You Show Your Family Love
Cupcakes, their favorite mac and cheese, Sunday pancakes, a nice grilled steak. How many times have you poured your heart out in the kitchen to show love to your family? You know how they say that the way to a man’s (and woman’s and kid’s) heart is through their stomach? I’ve discovered that’s true! The kitchen allows you to create delicious expressions of your love. One recipe at a time. The best part? After you’re done cooking, and the dishes are all washed and put away, Cascade Platinum Dishwasher Cleaner keeps the dishwasher fresh, and the kitchen nice and clean and ready for making new memories!
So much life happens in the kitchen. So much love. So much fun. It’s the one room that truly makes a house a home.
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