However, if your kitchen needs updating due to a lack of functionality, inadequate storage space or an outdated design, you are less likely to spend time in it according to the 2017 Houzz Kitchen Trends Survey. Investing in a kitchen renovation has long been considered a good financial investment, as an updated kitchen generally increases the value of your home. Updating your kitchen and making it work for you can also have health benefits according to the Houzz study. 33 percent of the 2700 hundred home owners surveyed, who completed a kitchen renovation, say the project prompted them to "cook more meals at home, eat less takeout, and consume more fruits and vegetables."

The many choices in kitchen renovation can be overwhelming, but designing your renovation around your lifestyle is the best bet. You don't need to launch a full renovation to see improvement. Updates can be as simple as changing colors, re-organizing and adding function with accessories or as complex as a full tear out and re-build. Whatever your plan, here are some ideas to get you started:

Study your existing kitchen and think about how you use it and how you would like it to work better. Are your appliances laid out correctly? Do you have enough storage? Are there tasks that you dread because you don't have the appropriate space or tools? Could you use an island for more surface space? Is there wasted space that could be utilized better? Create a drawing of your kitchen with measurements for doorways, walkways, counters, etc. kitchen renovationand then draw how you would like your kitchen to look.

Add storage, not space. Think about whether you really need more space or if you just need to utilize it better. Think about vertical space, like the
space above your cabinets, around your windows and on open walls. Could you install open shelving or ceiling high cabinets for better storage? How about hanging pots and pans from a ceiling-mounted rack and utensils from a wall mounted bar?

Think about traffic patterns. How does your family use the kitchen? Is there a drop zone/ homework zone/ work zone that could be moved elsewhere? Setting your kitchen up appropriately for tasks related to meals and nourishing your family can lead to healthier choices and more cooking at home.

Seek help: Once you have an idea of what you want, a professional designer can simplify your kitchen remodel. Pros help make style decisions, foresee potential problems, and schedule contractors. Expect fees around $50 to $150 per hour, or 5% to 15% of the total cost of the project.

Once you learn how to love your kitchen again, use it to improve your health!

  • Plan your weekly meals before you go grocery shopping and do as much prep as you can ahead of time. Having a plan eliminates the "what's for dinner?!?" stress and the urge to just head to the drive through.
  • Organize your fridge with stack-able, see through containers. Visibly organize your fridge so that everything has a place and is accessible and easy. Chop veggies ahead of time, make and store sauces, cut fruit for easy snacking, etc.
  • Set the scene- Focus on relaxing and enjoying the process of creating a great meal. There are many ways to get in the meal prep mood-music, lighting, comfy slippers- do what works for you!
  • Make meal prep a family affair- enlist help and get great bonding time.