Keeping Your Kitchen Counter Clean: 7 Tips on Styling Your Kitchen

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Keeping Your Kitchen Counter Clean

7 Tips on Styling Your Kitchen

Hi dolls! So, last week, I posted my latest DIY on a Dime project where I painted my kitchen tiles. The white ceramic tiles really brighten the entire space! Now that we’re getting ready for Spring, I wanted to share some quick tips on how I keep my kitchen counters decluttered.

I shared in my 31 Self-Care Habits for Successful Women that a major part of keeping peace in your home is trying to maintain an organized home. When I come home from work and need to cook, my kitchen counters are clutter free, clean and ready for its next meal. With everyone ramping up for spring cleaning, its the perfect time to share how I keep my kitchen counters organized.

 

1. Hang floating shelves on side of cabinet

This was so important for me in my small kitchen! I knew that after I finished painting the tile, I wanted to hang floating shelves on the side of my microwave and cabinets. It was “dead space” as nothing was there. I didn’t want to hang a picture there, because you wouldn’t really see it; so, it wouldn’t really be a focal point. The floating shelves are not only decorative but more importantly, functional. Your kitchen should be all about functionality because after all, it’s the heart of the home where your meals are being made while you spend time with your family.

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2. Display Dishware on Open Shelves

Now, if you’ve installed floating shelves, then you need to decorate! Put those pretty plates, wine glasses, or fancy mugs on display. I included a very small vase of roses that I picked up from Target years ago, just to get a little pop of color up there. I also like to display my seltzer waters, copper watering can and copper mule mugs.

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3. Use Vertical Storage (large utensils)

Most organizers and decor enthusiasts will tell you that you should also place your large utensils on display. But, in terms of decluttering, you don’t watch your spatulas and wooden spoons everywhere. Purchase a wall utensil organizer or place them into a large utensil holder like the one I’m using. This keeps all of your larger cooking utensils together and they are readily accessible as you’re cooking. If you are limited on counter space, then utilizing a wall utensil holder may be a better option.

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4. Move That Paper Towel Holder

Another space saver — purchasing an under cabinet paper towel holder! I didn’t think that this was such a big deal until I actually bought one from Amazon and now I have way more space in my coffee area. You can purchase my Umbra paper towel holder here.

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5. Give cookbooks a home

Display your cookbooks just as you would any other book in your home. They should be within reach (so kept in your kitchen). If you have floating shelves like me, place them there. You could also do narrow picture shelves and install them on the side of your kitchen cabinet. Or, if you have open shelving on your island, place them there. The point is that you are showcasing the books just as an interior designer would after remodeling your kitchen.

 

6. Have oils and cutting boards ready and in reach

Who knew that interior designers also recommending displaying your cooking oils?!? I have this marble cake display holder. The glass top cracked, but I didn’t want to throw away the beautiful marble base. So, I placed the marble base near the stove and displayed my olive oils and smudge bowl. Again, everything is about functionality. The oils are placed by the stove for easy access during cooking.

The same rule applies for showcasing cutting boards. Think of your wooden cutting board as an art piece that also functions as it brings warmth and texture into the space.

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7. Minimize Decorative Objects and Appliances

Since we are keeping our kitchen counters decluttered, we want to minimize the number of small appliances and decorative objects. The kitchen appliances that I use the most are my single cup coffee maker and my Vitamix because I make smoothies and sometimes recipes, like soups and purées. If you have the cabinet space, store away the crock pots, air fryers and toasters. If you use your toaster more than your blender for example, then store the blender and display the toaster. It’s all about simplicity.

In terms of decorative objects, I invested in a KitchenAid Artisan Mixer and OMG…I’m in love! Don’t worry, I’m working on some delicious baking recipes! I displayed my colorful pink (duh) mixer in the corner of my counter, where there was again “dead space.” In between my mixer and coffee maker, I leaned a small 11x14 picture frame under the kitchen window. So I’m bringing colorful art into the space without taking up too much counter top space.

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I hope these tips help in keeping your kitchen counters clutter free! If you have more tips on keeping a clutter free kitchen, leave your comments below.

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Shop my kitchen…

Vitamix (Macys) sold out. Similar here. | KitchenAid 5qt. Stand Mixer in Cranberry (Bed Bath Beyond) | Umbra Cappa Towel Holder (Amazon) | Gallant Pluck by Erin Armstrong (Artfully Walls) | White Dinner Plates (Home Goods). Similar here. | Copper Pitcher (Target) sold out. Similar here. | Copper Mugs (Home Goods). Similar here.

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My 2019 Home Decor Resolutions

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Setting new reachable goals for my home.

  1. Style My Bookshelves

I have tons of books! In a perfect world, I’d own a huge 5,000 square foot home with a library to hold all of my hardcover and paperback treasures. But, until I hit the mega-millions, I have to make due with my space!

 

Quite honestly, I’m always nervous about putting too many books on my wall shelves, that are hung on each side of the fireplace and tv, creating a symmetrical look. I’ve displayed some of my favorites with pictures and chinoiserie vases. But, I still feel like they could use a revamping and a new look. So, re-styling all of the shelves in my living room is definitely on my to do list this year.

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2. Finish Hanging Artwork

I’ve been to ten countries so far, and each time, I try to remember to find a really cool area where local artists display their work on the streets, for tourists to spend all of their money. Out of the ten places that I’ve been to, I’ve only hung FIVE of my paintings (*insert hand on forehead emoji here*)! I realize that for some silly reason, I’m indecisive on finding the perfect picture frame. These paintings are always a great talking point when entertaining in my home, reminiscing on where I’d been and how I magically lucked up on each artwork. I am ashamed to say that the unframed pieces are neatly rolled up, tucked away in a corner of the dining room, and I simply unroll them to show to friends and family when they visit. They are such beautiful paintings, that I have yet to display, and they each deserve their spotlight on my gallery wall.

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3. DIY Projects

I absolutely HATE my kitchen. I have a few DIY projects that I’d like to tackle, but my kitchen is definitely one of them. My kitchen is very small, so, with dark cherry shaker cabinets and matching brown glass tile, it feels even smaller. I’m hoping to find ways to brighten this space and turn it into the (small) kitchen of my dreams.

 

4. Create a Luxurious Space for Entertaining

Thanks to the Smithsonian National Gallery of Art, i have these amazing posters replicating the official portraits of First Lady Michelle Obama by Amy Sherald, and President Barack Obama by Kehinde Wiley. My dining room is bright and colorful but I want it to feel luxurious. Creating a luxurious dining room that is still inviting for entertaining and hosting will bring more use out of the least used space in my home.

 

5. Organize! Organize! Organize!

Lastly, I have a lot of organizing and decluttering to do, thanks to watching Netflix’s Tidying Up! My pre-war “daylight row house” has a tiny closet in each bedroom. As you can see from the picture, I have so many dresses hanging that the actual clothing rod is bending towards the center. Sigh. This is just my winter clothes, babes. The show (and book) is great inspiration to get my juices going and organize everything. From my closets, to the pantry and the fridge. It’s time to declutter and purge what’s no longer useful.

 
 

What kind of projects do you intend to tackle in this new year?