Have You Organized Your Refrigerator?

Still have last month leftovers stocked on your refrigerator shelves? The refrigerator should be cleaned out and sanitized frequently for health reasons. If you’re ready to take on the daunting task of organizing and cleaning your refrigerator, we’re going to show you how you can do so effectively. It’s time to throw out expired condiments, old food and clean the gunk from the corners.

How To Clean Out the Refrigerator

Perhaps the easiest way to clean out the fridge is to empty out the contents. You can do this section by section, or all at once. Setting everything outside the refrigerator allows you to determine what needs to be thrown away and what food items can be kept. Of course items that need to be discarded should be thrown in a trash bag, while the others can be kept to the side so that you can load them back into the fridge.

More than likely, the interior of the fridge is less than pristine. Before you load the contents back in you should take a wet, soapy cloth and wipe off the crumbs and food remnants that are stuck on the shelves. For areas with gunk that’s tough to remove you can use a solution of vinegar of water. Make sure you dry wipe the fridge dry. Don’t forget the drawers and the fridge doors.

Arrange The Refrigerator Like A Professional

When loading the refrigerator back after thoroughly cleaning it you should organize it like the professionals do. Restaurants organize their refrigerators based on food safety. Professional kitchens organize food in the fridge based on the temperature it requires to be cooked. Prepared foods and leftovers that don’t require a high cooking temperature are usually stored on the top shelf in the fridge. Chicken, uncooked meats, and other raw foods are placed on the bottom shelf. When foods are organized this way you won’t have to worry about cross-contamination.

Here’s a guide you can follow for loading the refrigerator:
Door – The door is the warmest section of the refrigerator. Therefore, you should store condiments in this area.
Drawers – The drawers are meant to hold produce which is your fruits and vegetables.
Upper Shelves – The upper shelves should be used to store ready-made foods like yogurt, cheese, leftovers, and drinks.
Lower shelves – Raw foods

Thanks for reading and hopefully this helps you with the task of cleaning out your refrigerator, and makes it a little easier!

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Five Things You Need to Consider When Remodeling Your Kitchen

Of course it would be great to be able to spend as much as you want on your kitchen renovation project, however the reality is that you are probably working within a budget. When you’re working within a budget, you’ll have to make some compromises along the way. Therefore, it’s important to renovate smartly. When making such tough decisions be aware of what matters most to you. Here are some key tradeoffs you should consider making when it comes down to the “nitty gritty”.

How You’ll Be Using the Kitchen
First off, before renovating your kitchen you should be clear on how you want to use your new kitchen. For example, some people remodel their kitchen so that they can have more space to cook and entertain their guests. Others redesign their kitchens to be more efficient. Set aside goals that you are not willing to budge on will help you make the right decisions as your budget starts to decrease.

Realistic Needs
When remodeling your kitchen you should think about how many people your kitchen will serve on a daily basis. If you have a small kitchen but entertain on occasions, a kitchen with double range ovens and a 48 inch wide refrigerator may not be suitable. Many experts recommend designing with your maximum capacity needs.

Think About Cost vs. Value
As you’ve probably already discovered everything from the cabinetry, flooring, sinks and appliances costs a decent amount of money. There will come a point when you will have to consider when its worth spending the money on a specific thing. So should you splurge on it or spend the dollars elsewhere? Here are some questions you should ask yourself:
– Will making an investment on this product improve my daily life?
– Does the element increase the overall aesthetic of my home and increase its value?
So you will have to think about whether the value that it brings outweighs the cost.

Good luck and have fun! We hope some of these tips helped you with your new kitchen remodel!

Four Kitchen Trends You Might Want to Try

Every year is accompanied with fresh and innovative trends especially when it comes to home decor. What better way to start implementing some of these new style ideas other than the very heart of the home…the kitchen. If you’ve been putting off revamping your kitchen for awhile, it’s time to consider some of these new kitchen design trends.

  1. Deep Dark Countertops
    These days, homeowners are opting for deep and dark countertops. Multi colored rust tones, dark green and black slate with natural details have become popular because they provide a dramatic flair that you can’t get with marble and other lighter colored countertop materials. Dark countertops contrast beautifully with traditional wooden cabinetry and floors. They are also ideal for homes with children because they mask any mess that you might make.

  2. Purple Everywhere
    An all purple kitchen may sound scary but it’s actually super stylish, which is why it’s steadily becoming a trend in home design. According to expert interior designers, you can expect to see kitchens painted a bold hue in 2018. Palettes like violet exudes luxury and sophistication. Feel free to choose a bold color that inspires you.

  3. Blue – Green Cabinetry
    Drenching your kitchen cabinets in a new paint color is a great way to give your kitchen a facelift while updating old cabinets. Perhaps the most trendy palette you’ll see on kitchen cabinets this year is inspired by the ocean. Yes, a blue and green mixed palette is ultra modern and is the go to color. Don’t stop at the cabinetry, you can even accent the kitchen island with the color and in other areas of the kitchen. You can also mix in other hues or let the palette standalone as the dominant color. The best thing about this blue-green palette is that it blends in seamlessly with most wood tones.

  4. Variety of Finishes
    Gone are the days are the monochromatic kitchen color scheme. This year is all about mixing finishes and colors within the space. Try contrasting upper kitchen cabinets with the base walls and the lower cabinets. Remember, there’s no reason why you have to keep all the elements the same.

Good luck and have fun! Comment below if you have any other ideas! And feel free to contact us if you need help updating your kitchen! 480•596•0092

Placement of New Appliances

Giving Your Appliances Some Space of Their Own

Bad things can happen if you don’t give your appliances the space that they need. Here are the most common occurrences of crowding an appliance.

1. You should not install a range or cooktop flush against a side wall. For sure, you don’t want to do this with a gas range or cooktop. Manufacturer directions are going to warn against it because of the fire hazard resulting when the flame from the gas burner is that close to a flammable wall. I’d argue that it’s also a bad idea to install electric ranges or cooktops against a side wall. Even if there isn’t a safety issue, it makes the two elements next to the wall not so useful for larger pots and pans.

2. Make sure that refrigerator doors swing open more than just 90 degrees. They need to open wide enough not only to give you access to the refrigerator’s contents, but also to allow inside drawers or compartments to slide out. Take into account that a protruding refrigerator handle bumping up to an adjacent wall may prevent a refrigerator door from opening far enough to grant full access to the refrigerator’s contents.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

3. Corner installations of appliances can prevent adjacent doors or drawers from opening. For example, the dishwasher below might have worked just fine in this design if it had a recessed handle. However, the adjacent drawer cannot be opened in this instance.

I once showed this dishwasher quandry to a designer friend of mine. She quickly pointed out the cause of the problem. “This is the reason we have CKD’s. It’s a designer’s job to make sure that this doesn’t happen.”

Of course, there are sometimes tradeoffs to be made. Consider the refrigerator below. The refrigerator protrudes into the kitchen aisle. A counter-depth refrigerator could have been purchased instead of the full-depth model shown below, but they cost more and do not store as much food. It’s up to the customer, but it’s the salesperson or designer’s job to advise the consumer and let them make the decision.

 

 

 

 

 

For the best advice on purchasing major appliances consult a professional such as the sales advisors at Arizona Wholesale.


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Furniture Shopping Tips You Should Know

In the process of furnishing your home? Whether you’re starting from scratch or simply looking for a few new pieces to update your home, shopping for furniture can be overwhelming. Picking the right pieces are essential because everyone knows that the decor can make or break a home’s design. Whether you’ve decided to take the hunt online or you’re shopping at your local outlet here are some tips you should take into consideration.

Test the Measurements
There’s nothing worse than purchasing the perfect piece of furniture only to discover down the line that it doesn’t fit into the space. That’s why you should always check the measurements of an item before you swipe your credit card. The piece of furniture may look one way in a picture or in the store but the scale of it is totally different once it’s in your home. You can use blue tape to measure furniture in the store. Use blue tape to measure the width and length of the allotted space and see if it will be proportionate based on the dimensions of the item online.

Everything Doesn’t Have to Match
Although, you want your furniture pieces to harmonize with each other everything doesn’t have to exactly match. While it’s the safest decision it can be way too much and create a bland look. It’s all about finding a balance that works for your space. Since opposites attract you can mix styles. For instance, if you’ve opted for a traditional sofa you can mix things up with an eclectic recliner or a chic coffee table.

Sample Swatches
Don’t sleep on the sample swatches. The texture of a material can be completely different from what you thought it looked like in a showroom or on the computer screen. Get samples of fabric swatches just to see how the material would look in your space.

Impulse Buys
Avoid making the final decision on impulse. Just because you love the item at the moment doesn’t mean you’ll like it later. Buying furniture is a big decision so take a day to think it over. See what kind of pieces are out there before you make your final decision.

Fixing Common Household Mishaps

Do you ever get frustrated and feel like your home is always falling apart? Do not fear, because we have easy solutions to fix those common household mishaps.

How to Fix Common Household Mishaps:
Smelly Garbage Disposal: With your garbage disposal off, pour two full cups of ice down the disposal. Let the disposal crush the ice then rinse it with water. While the garbage disposal is off, pour 1/2 cup of baking soda and 1 cup of vinegar down the disposal. This will cause a reaction that you will be able to hear and see. Let the mixture sit for a couple of minutes then pour a pot of boiling water down the disposal to take away any remaining gunk.

Note: After you are done with eating your citrus fruits, throw the rimes down the disposal. The disposal will shred them and make a pleasant citrus smell. This is dually beneficial, because the citrus can help break down any remaining grim left in the disposal while smelling delectable.

Stinky Washing Machines: Mix together 1/2 cup of water with 1/2 cup of vinegar. Take a wash cloth and dip it into the mixture. Run your wash cloth around the door’s rubber seal and leave the door open to air it out. Now, add one cup of baking soda to your empty washing machine tub. Then pour one cup of distilled white vinegar in the detergent dispenser. Lastly, put the washing machine on a hot cycle with these two ingredients in place. It will help take out any unwanted smells and clean the machine.

Broken Toilet Flush Arm: Take off the toilet’s tank lid and unchain the toilet’s lift chain. Take a crescent wrench and remove the nut that attaches the current handle to the bowl. Make sure to replace the handle with the same type of handle from your local home improvement store. Tightly attach your new handle to the toilet bowl, hook the toilet’s lift chain and place the toilet tank lid back in place. Test the new handle by flushing your toilet to see if it works properly.

Squeaky Doors:Take off the hinge pin from the squeaky door. Apply a coat of petroleum jelly directly on the hinge then put it back in place. Test out the door and the squeaking should have stopped.

Dead Doorbell: Unscrew the screws on your current doorbell and take out the pushbutton. You will need to disconnect the wires from the pushbutton and touch them together. Listen for a “ding, dong” and it is fixed! Go to your local home improvement store and purchase a new doorbell replacement. You will need to follow the specific installation instructions, but you should have a properly working doorbell.

Ta-da, we hope you enjoyed these easy fixes to various household problems. Do you have any other suggestions you would like to share with us? Leave it in the comment section below.

New Appliance Color: Sunset Bronze

Stainless steel has been the dominant finish for appliances for some years now. Recently, appliance firms have added black stainless steel with some success. Now, Whirlpool is launching something new to their lineup Sunset Bronze appliances.

Whirlpool Sunset Bronze Refrigerator

The new color is described by Whirlpool as a brushed, satin finish with rose gold undertones. Observers have remarked that the appearance is indeed akin to the popular rose gold iPhone.

It’s a warm tone. You might even describe it as a subdued or even neutral tint. While referred to as a modern look, the subdued color seems to me to fit well in nearly any environment. It should be compatible with many different kitchen cabinet, countertop, and flooring choices. As an added benefit over older traditional Stainless Steel finishes, Sunset Bronze is a fingerprint resistant finish.

While the new finish will be initially available only in select models, there will be enough choices in each category so that homeowners can have a complete kitchen with matching Sunrise Bronze appliances.

Product is being produced now, and will be availalbe for consumers this spring. Contact Arizona Wholesale Supply now, and make arrangements for your own preview of Sunset Bronze.

Coffee, Anyone? Best Built-In Coffee Makers

I want a built-in coffee maker. No matter that I don’t know where I’d install it in my kitchen. I want one. Which one should I choose?

Well, I could choose the grandaddy of built-in coffee machines, Miele. It’s a great brand, and their products are legendary. Morever, Miele has been a leader in built-in coffee machines since the beginning. The Miele coffee system has a one touch function, and can store 10 different user profiles. Nobody could say I made a bad choice. However, it’s a bit pricey. A bit pricey? ALL Built-in coffee makers are a bit pricey. At over three thousand dollars, Miele leads the pack. I still love it.

If Miele doesn’t fit your budget, you can get a full-featured quality built-in coffee maker for a little more than half the price of the Miele. Another German company, Bosch, makes a very good feature-packed coffee maker that would make you proud. The Bosch unit has a temperature control, and can be programmed for eight different user preferences. It’s a non-plumbed unit which means that you have to manually fill the tank with water.

In between the Bosch and the Miele coffee maker is the Jenn-Air. Full disclosure, I used to work for Jenn-Air. That said, the Jenn-Air coffee machine is actually manufactured by an Italian company, DeLonghi. It costs more than the Bosch, but is still way less than Miele. It lets you select the strength of your coffee, and even has a hot water dispenser for tea, instant soups, etc. It also grinds your coffee beans to your preference, and can be installed anywhere.

While you’re at it you should probably also consider both Wolf and Thermador.

The truth is I love all of these coffee machines. What should I do? The smart thing is to go to Arizona Wholesale Supply and let the experts there demonstrate these fabulous products, explain the features and benefits, and then choose the product that suits my needs. It’s that easy.

Now, I just need a great cup of coffee to get started.