Sometimes it's the little things that make a difference. And it can make a big difference in your kitchen if you know how to take care of some of the little things by yourself. In this article, we provide clear instructions for sharpening those knives that need attention, repairing your broken china and glassware, polishing up your metalware, and even using those old towels for something new -- your own handmade potholders. These instructions won't help if a major appliance breaks down, but they'll definitely make your kitchen a more pleasant place to work.
We’ll begin in the next section with a simple step that most home chefs ignore -- sharpening their knives.