Monday, May 28, 2012

5 quick and easy steps to a more beautiful kitchen

Maybe I'm just crazy, but clutter makes me anxious. And to me, kitchen clutter is the worst kind. How are we supposed to really cook in here with all this stuff everywhere?!

 We all spend a lot of time in our kitchens, so here are 5 easy changes anyone can do to make that space more enjoyable to be in! I wish I could say I have always followed these guide lines, but I have really only made these changes in the past few years.

#1- Keep dish washing supplies out of sight
There's nothing pretty about an old dish brush, bottle of soap, or dish gloves. So why do we leave it out on the counter all day? There is no need to, so put it away! (rhyme not intended;) 

 I have a sort of "secret compartment" for my dish brush. The false drawer front below the sink is hinged at the bottom so it can be tipped open. It has two little cubbies attached that hold my dish brush, bottle brush, and sink plugs. You certainly don't need a "secret compartment"though. It is as easy as installing a hook or wire basket below the sink to have a handy place to store brushes, sponges, and gloves.

As for the bottle of dish soap, I have eliminated that all together with a built in soap pump. They are cheap , easy to install (depending on the material of your countertops) and very easy to refill. If this is not an option, just put the bottle away when you are done. It really does make all the difference in the world to keep these things out of sight while they are not in use.

#2- Invest in an attractive, reusable soap pump

Unlike a dish brush, hand soap needs to be on your countertop at all times so it should look like it belongs in your kitchen.

 I splurged on this Williams-Sonoma pair of hand soap and lotion. I love the stainless steel caddy and pumps that match my faucet and appliances plus they're yellow(the accent color in my kitchen)! Like I mentioned, they were expensive so (don't tell anyone) I've been refilling the soap with a big bottle of generic lemon soap. The lotion just isn't being used as fast so I haven't had to deal with that (yet). I just love the way they look so for me it was worth it.

A reusable pump normally sold for bathroom use would work perfectly as well.

#3- Don't use your refrigerator as a bulletin board

Well, at least don't use the front of your refrigerator as a bulletin board.

I use the side of mine which is not normally seen (it was a little difficult to get in a position to take this picture).

You could also use the inside of a cupboard door as a place for grocery lists, wedding invitations, and reminders. 

With it clean and clear you will feel like you have a brand new fridge!

#4- Clean your stovetop everyday

This one is so simple but often times gets overlooked. As you are wiping down your countertops just wipe down your stovetop as well. It takes less than a minute when done regularly. Occasionally (like once every few months) I  use spray on oven cleaner to get the cooked-on greasy grime off, but I try not to use it too often because of the fumes. 

#5- Keep contents of glass-door cupboards neat and neutral in color

Glass-door cupboards put things on display. Don't fill them with sippy cups and mismatched mugs. Instead, fill them with pretty china and glassware.

 I like to keep the dishes in mine mostly white or clear glass with a couple pops of color here and there. Keeping the colors neutral helps it appear less cluttered. 

These are all things that work for our family and they may not be perfect for everyone.

Do you have any simple tips you use to keep your kitchen looking it's best?


  1. Yay, I'm doing all those things, except the glass cupboards, but someday I'll have some & I'll keep things neutral! Can't wait to see what else you'll be posting!xx

    1. I'm glad you liked the post! So how is your kitchen now? Are you happy with the changes?

  2. I'm a total nut about this kind of thing. I accidentally discovered the 'use the side of the fridge' tip a few months ago and it's changed my life. I like this little chrome baskety type thing you can suction cup on the inside of your sink that can hold a scrubby or whatever. I like them accessible but hate seeing them cluttering the counterspace. When they're in the sink they dry off nicely too. I like your blog, by the way!

    1. Thanks Naomi! Your chrome basket sounds like a great option, I'll have to keep it in mind for whenever we move and I don't have my little compartment.

  3. I love your blog Chloe!! You should seriously post the before and afters of your whole house! I really love your taste in decorating and I feel inspired already. It's funny because I cleaned off the front of my fridge a few months ago but it has slowly creeped to the front again! Dang it! Keep up the good are so talented!

  4. Hi Chloe,
    I'm coming over from I Heart Organizing. I love your kitchen and I laughed when I read that clutter makes you anxious because I feel the same way (and I thought I was the only one!). What are your kitchen countertops made of and where did you get the backsplash tiles? I'm planning on painting my kitchen cabinets and putting in new countertops and backsplash and I love the warm look in your kitchen.

    1. Hi Sharon! My counter tops are solid surface (same this as Corian but a less expensive brand) from Lowe's. I absolutely love solid surface! The best part is the seamless transition from counter to sink, it's all once piece! The tile is from a local tile store here in Utah. I suggest shopping around for tile, don't just pick from the selection at the big chain stores. I will be doing a post all about renovating my kitchen and how to get big results on a small budget, so keep an eye out for that if you'd like more insight!

    2. Thanks Chloe! I will definitely be on the look out for your post. So many projects, so little time (and money). Wish I could spend all day working on my house. Love your blog and congrats on your I Heart Organizing feature!

  5. Hi Chloe,
    I've just found your blog through your I Heart Organizing piece and I love what you are doing, thank you for sharing your creativity with us. I am super interested in everything kitchen right now as it is my main project. We live in a rented villa in Dubai so we can't make any big changes. Although I don't like our cheap cabinetry and splashbacks, I am finding that it is the little things (which we can change) that are making all the difference - so thank you for giving me more ideas!

  6. Hi Mel! Thanks so much! I hope you stick around!

  7. Thanks for sharing the useful information. It was really amazing and very informative. Keep sharing