Now that we've waved goodbye to 2015 and have welcomed in the new year, many people will start looking at what resolutions they want to make for 2016.
While there are the usual resolutions that get bandied about, such as quitting smoking, going to the gym and cutting down on alcohol, there are others that could impact your everyday life and be easier to stick to.
Kitchen resolutions can help you get more use out of the room, preserve your current kitchen and make day to day life easier. So what resolutions could you make in your kitchen?
Here are some of our recommendations:
Regular deep cleans
While you probably take steps to keep your kitchen clean and tidy, most people skip out on doing a deep clean unless they really have to. However, regular deep cleans can keep your kitchen in better condition and everything gleaming.
Doing a thorough clean – including your oven, under cabinets and your fridge – regularly will make it much easier each time. Rather than waiting several months in between thorough cleans, doing one every few weeks means dirt is less likely to build up so you won't need to spend hours to achieve great results.
Cupboard clean out
Start the new year fresh by clearing out your cupboards, fridge and freezer to get rid of anything that is out of date or has been hanging around for ages. This means pots, pans, cutlery and crockery as well as food, as everything takes up space that could be better utilised.
This is the perfect chance to get rid of that bag of peas at the bottom of your freezer and all the tupperware tubs without matching lids; allowing you to be totally ready to face 2016.
Change your cooking routine
We all tend to stick to the same meals each month, as they become easy to prepare and you know your family likes them. However, this can get a bit stale and can mean you may not be eating as healthy as you can be.
Make it your resolution to mix things up a bit and cook at least one new meal each week. This will help you improve your cooking skills, enhance your kitchen skills and ensure things are kept interesting throughout the year.
You may find that everyone falls in love with a certain type of cuisine or that certain ingredients you've never used before become firm favourites.
Swap for healthy alternatives
While you may not be able to make it to the gym every day, there are plenty of ways you can get healthy at home. We don't mean working out in your living room or buying an exercise DVD, as you can easily make healthy choices in your kitchen – although regular exercise is also important.
Making ingredient swaps in your usual recipes or new ones can help your family get more fruit and vegetables, cut down on sugar, reduce carbs and better control fat; all of which will improve your diet.
Avoiding pasta, for example, and using courgette 'spaghetti' cut using a spiralizer or vegetable peeler means you're getting more vegetables and that meals have fewer calories. You can also swap full-fat cheese for reduced-fat varieties, as well as cream for low-fat creme fraiche.
This will make your meals more varied, healthier and could even make them cheaper.
What kitchen resolutions are you planning on making this year?