About 13% of American citizens pack up and move each year. That’s about 40 million people who find themselves standing in a bare kitchen, dreaming about how to fill it up. Whether you’re landing in your first solo place or simply relocating, you can’t settle down until you’ve stocked your kitchen with the sink accessories that make life easy.

While some knick-knacks and doo-dads are nice to have, there are a few essentials that you need to feel at home. We’ve created this guide to help you explore the must-have items that will help you turn your kitchen into your favorite room. We’ve included everything you need to transform your sink into your sanctuary – from cookware to squeegees!

Read on to learn about our favorite kitchen decor, food preparation, and day-to-day cleanliness products. 

Can’t Miss Cookware

If you’re going to own a single piece of cookware, we recommend a large, sturdy non-stick skillet. That anti-stick coating is perfect for novice home cooks who don’t always remember to spray the pan before cracking their eggs! You can use an all-purpose pan to fry, sautee, or whip up the perfect grilled cheese sandwich.

Once you’ve got your cheese good and melted, you’ll be reaching for a saucepan to use to warm up some delicious tomato soup! Even a small, non-stick saucepan is perfect for simple recipes like pasta, oatmeal, or stew. A 1½-Quart pan is the ideal starter cookware for new chefs.

Other helpful products include:

  • A wok for stirfry
  • A stockpot for homemade soups and sauces
  • A skillet for pancake breakfasts or perfect eggs
  • A non-stick cookie sheet for baking

Once you’ve learned the basics, you might want to acquire this cookware in several sizes. That can extend the number of recipes you can make and help you feed a group.

Unique and Useful Utensils

You might think a simple set of forks, spoons, and knives is enough, and those basics usually do the trick. Good luck peeling your potatoes with a butter knife! Keeping a selection of practical utensils nearby can help prevent a catastrophe when facing a culinary quandary you can’t solve with a spoon!

If we had to come up with the perfect utensil drawer for any home cook, we’d include the following:

  • A large wooden or silicon spoon
  • A slotted spoon
  • A ladle
  • A wire whisk
  • A vegetable peeler
  • A palm zester
  • A set of kitchen tongs
  • A silicone spatula
  • A slotted cooking turner
  • A wooden rolling pin

The more tools you have, the more creative you can be in the kitchen. The correct utensils create the potential for new recipes and possibilities, making tricky tasks a breeze.

Bold and Brilliant Bowls

Whether you’re an amateur home cook or are still learning to boil water, you won’t get very far without a few sturdy bowls on hand. Three to five nesting bowls in various sizes will ensure you have a solid start. Choose an attractive set that matches your kitchen design and can sit on the counter.

You’ll want to decide whether to choose plastic or metal bowls. While plastic bowls are microwavable and great for reheating, they can also melt when exposed to high temperatures. Metal bowls are ideal for more ambitious recipes, making it simple to whip egg whites or cream.

Before long, you’ll be using your bowls for everything from food prep to storing leftovers.

Staying Sharp With a Knife & Knife Sharpener

Nothing will change your life faster than investing in a chef’s knife. A sharp, professional knife can transform the difficulty of nearly every food prep task. While a good knife can be a splurge, they last for years, saving you time and aggravation.

The ideal kitchen has three types of knives: a serrated knife, a paring knife, and your chef’s knife. You only need one of each variety to make chopping up your food a breeze.

It pays to have your own knife sharpener if you’re investing in a great chef’s knife. Dull knives are dangerous and can be frustrating to use. A manual sharpener will keep your favorite kitchen tool sharp for years.

The Magnificent Magnetic Strip

You’re gathering a lot of sink accessories, and your kitchen drawers are starting to look cluttered. If you use kitchen tools daily, it becomes a hassle to dig them out. This frustration led to the invention of one of our favorite kitchen ideas: the magnetic strip.

It’s a heavy-duty, wall-mounted magnet that keeps your favorite knives, kitchen scissors, and utensils in arm’s reach. All you need to do is reach over, and you’ll have your favorite knife or whisk at your fingertips. This one’s a game changer!

Keep Tabs With Measuring Spoons & Cups

Cooking and baking involve art and science, and accuracy makes a big difference. A set of measuring cups and spoons will help you master any recipe. A complete set means doing less math in your head while you cook, virtually eliminating human error and yielding some tasty treats!

Sparkle and Shine With a Surface Squeegee

A surface squeegee is another name for a countertop brush. It can help you scoop up crumbs, contain spills, and tidy your work surface. It is ideal for wet and dry messes, so you’re equipped to handle any little countertop incident.

We love to keep our squeegee right next to the sink, where it comes in handy after washing the dishes. Even if you miss a mess, the mighty bristles can help you remove dried or caked-on food. A great hygiene tool allows you to focus on flavor instead of grime.

Transform Your Kitchen With Sink Accessories

Whether you’re a Michelin star chef or have just moved into your first apartment, the right tools will ensure you can master any cuisine! You’ll love having all these sink accessories on hand to make your daily tasks easier and more enjoyable. When you choose kitchen tools that make you smile, you’re more likely to cook and clean, leading to a healthier lifestyle!

All of our favorite sink accessories come from TORVA. Our brand matches aesthetics with efficiency to produce kitchen accessories that will help you fall in love with your space. Browse our selection and treat yourself to some of the best cookware available!

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