How to Quickly Fall Back in Love with Your Kitchen

How to Quickly Fall Back in Love with Your Kitchen
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    It’s easy to fall out of love with your kitchen as you do meal prep after meal prep and cuss under your breath as you try to find that whirligig-thingamabob.

    You left it under the toaster in the bottom left-hand drawer like always — except you didn’t.

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Chaos in the kitchen creates a major headache for you. The kitchen used to serve as the center of the household, and it’s a place where you make sure you and your loved ones get proper and scrumptious sustenance. It’s not difficult to fall back in love with your kitchen. Here are ten ways to jumpstart the process.

1. Toss Ten in Ten

The “toss ten in ten” rule states that you must set the timer for ten minutes and pick out ten items to donate or toss. Start with the kitchen, and you may feel inspired to tackle the whole house.

2. Commonly Used Items on Countertop

Stop digging through bottomless cabinets of pots and pans only to find what you need 15 minutes before guests arrive. Lucky you — it’s the in-laws.

Take a week to monitor your prep and cooking habits. What do you notice? What are your most often used items in the kitchen?

Place the items you most frequently use on the countertop in an arrangement that makes sense to you. For example, empty your olive oil and other cooking oils from their plastic bottles into vintage glass dispensers. 

3. Start High and End Low

Always start at the top of the room when cleaning so that all the grim and gunk ends up on the floor. Cleaning the house from top to bottom isn’t just a saying. It’s a mess-free mantra.

4. Create a Clean-Up Counter Kit

Do you leave your counters grimy because you don’t want to touch the questionably squishy sponge? Make a kit specifically for cleaning up your counters with natural products.

Set aside a rag or sponge, baking soda box and vinegar-water spray in a small bucket. Mix the baking soda with water to create a paste to remove stains, and add salt to the paste for tougher grime. Baking soda whitens and sanitizes the counter while the vinegar-water eliminates bacteria. You won’t experience a gag reflex with this quick and natural cleaning solution.

5. Replace Handles and Knobs

Can’t afford a kitchen upgrade? The solution is simpler than you thought: replace handles and knobs to add new appeal to your kitchen. Mix and match them for a more eclectic look. Non-lacquered hardware endures oceanic environments, such as marble or wood. Consider strength, weight and durability. Make sure the handles don’t stick out too far in smaller kitchens.

Don’t reduce your space — embellish it. Everyone will think you remodeled your kitchen when all you did was switch out the handles and knobs.

6. Use Baskets for Grouping

Stop going down rabbit holes looking for items in the various junk drawers of your kitchen. Group items in various baskets made of natural fibers to add rustic charm and simple organization to your kitchen. Neutral colors go with everything!

7. Use Slide Out Pantry Shelving

Maximize your available space by using slide out shelving in place of stationary shelving. Pick up full-extension slides to install your drawers on, and watch the magic happen. Let it roll on out to you.

Putting up groceries never felt easier. Imagine pantry items right at your fingertips as you cook.

8. Divide and Conquer the Mugs

How many mugs do you have again? Go ahead — count them.

It’s time to be the Donation Fairy if your mugs take up more than one shelf. You probably use your favorite one repeatedly, anyway. Two others are for when your favorite gets gross, and the lesser mugs are for guests. You don’t tell them that, though — it’s just something everyone knows.

9. Take the Curtains Down

Want the feel of an open kitchen minus the hard work and bills for remodeling? Let light in. Take the curtains down, and see what nature has to offer you for a view.

10.  Create an Accent Wall

What you do with the accent wall is up to you. Paint the whole thing a different color, like sage green or butter yellow. Paint it black and invest in chalkboard paint or chalk to write out inspirational messages and reminders for measurements and substitutions.

From decluttering to fun accent walls, a few simple changes enable you to reclaim your kitchen as a sacred space. It’s like courtship all over again. Go ahead and enjoy quality time with the cookie dough and wooden spoon afterward.

About author:
Kacey Bradley is the lifestyle and travel blogger for The Drifter Collective, an eclectic lifestyle blog that expresses various forms of style through the influence of culture and the world around us. Kacey graduated with a degree in Communications while working for a lifestyle magazine. She has been able to fully embrace herself with the knowledge of nature, the power of exploring other locations and cultures, all while portraying her love for the world around her through her visually pleasing, culturally embracing and inspiring posts. Along with writing for her blog, she frequently writes for sites like US Travel News, Thought Catalog, Porch.com, Tripping.com and more!

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