- Clear the Counters
- Organize the Spice Cabinet
- Add a Bright Bowl of Fruit
- Refresh the Garbage Disposal
- Tackle the Food Storage Containers
- Clean Grimy Grout
- Add a Houseplant or Herbs
- Hang New Dish Towels
- Get Fancy With Hand Soap
- Clear off the Fridge Display
- Clean Out the Pantry
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With all the time we spend in the kitchen, it’s no wonder that it can quickly become a dumping ground. From purses and backpacks to piles of mail and cluttered kitchen tools, the space has seen it all. But there’s good news. With a few simple tricks, you can give your kitchen a face-lift-quick. Banish the clutter and refresh those neglected nooks and crannies with these cleaning and decluttering tips.
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Clear the Counters
The quickest way to give your kitchen a makeover is to clear the counters. Keep the essentials, like the coffee maker, the toaster, and maybe a cute tray for the olive oil and salt and pepper. The rest can go.
These quick and clever kitchen storage ideas will clear up space easily. Put away bread bags, sort through stacks of junk mail and find a new spot for your pile of cookbooks. No matter how small your kitchen, with the counters clear it’ll feel airy and spacious.
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Organize the Spice Cabinet
It’s no surprise that one of the most cluttered kitchen areas is the spice cabinet. Are you constantly doing the old “lift and look” maneuver, trying to read spice labels in the back of the cabinet to find (maybe) the particular seasonings you need?
Pick up a spice jar organizer the next time you’re out shopping or try one of these ingenious spice rack ideas. There are stair-type models or stackable shelves-both are affordable and easy to install. Your cabinet will look orderly and clean, and you’ll always know where the garlic powder is.
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Add a Bright Bowl of Fruit
What could be more cheerful than a happy bowl of bright yellow lemons? The setup is easy; grab a cute bowl and insert fruit. Then place the bowl on the kitchen table or counter, and stand back and admire. Congratulations—you’re a kitchen stylist! Be sure to check the contents daily, replacing fruit and washing the bowl as needed.
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Refresh the Garbage Disposal
Nothing will kill your kitchen vibe more than a funky smell coming out of the sink. Try these tricks to clean a garbage disposal or just clean the disposal by pouring in 2-3 tablespoons of baking soda. Let it sit up to a few hours, follow up with water and run the disposal.
Next, make the whole sink smell fresh with the power of citrus oils. Take whatever citrus fruit you have on hand-lemon, grapefruit or orange—and cut one or two into chunks, peel included. Put the fruit in the drain, run the water and turn on the garbage disposal. The citrus oils will help clean the blades and deodorize the chamber.
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Tackle the Food Storage Containers
If you opened your cabinet right now, how likely is it that an avalanche of mismatched lids would fall out? Pretty likely, we’re guessing. Empty the cabinet, pair up your food storage containers to their matching lids and discard the extras. Now breathe a sigh of satisfaction that the next time you need to put away leftovers, you won’t be rifling through a chaotic pile of plastic containers for 15 minutes.
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Clean Grimy Grout
Tile grout is something that tends to be neglected no matter how impressive your housekeeping skills are. Whether you hire a professional or go at it with your own elbow grease, clean grout will give your kitchen a noticeable upgrade.
To DIY your own grout cleaning project, apply a paste of baking soda and water to the grout lines and scrub with a toothbrush or hang on to an old electric toothbrush.
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Add a Houseplant or Herbs
Recent studies have shown that the presence of plants can lighten our moods and lower anxiety-not to mention that a few leafy friends can improve how guests perceive your space. So cheer up your kitchen with a plant. If you feel even more ambitious, you can learn how to plant fresh herbs in a window to use as you cook
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Hang New Dish Towels
A dingy dish towel hanging around can really suck the life out of the space. New towels are a quick and affordable way to add color and maybe a bit of on-trend style to your kitchen.
Display a couple of brightly patterned towels on the oven door and you’ll see instant results. But don’t throw away the old ones—try these surprising uses for kitchen towels.
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Get Fancy With Hand Soap
Take a look at a designer kitchen styled by a professional. Do you know what you won’t see? A bottle of plain old dollar-store hand soap by the sink. Refresh the sink area, first of all, by getting rid of the dirty dishes and giving the sink a good cleaning. Then add a beautiful bottle of soap, maybe even one that comes with matching hand lotion.
Clear off the Fridge Display
The front of the fridge can become a clutter trap. Old fliers, last month’s invitations and kids’ schoolwork take over, and before you know it you don’t remember what the door of your fridge even looks like.
Toss anything you no longer need, store the schoolwork somewhere else and give the door a good Windex treatment. Doesn’t that feel better? Add some pretty new magnets for extra points. Need help decluttering the interior? Here are our best tips for fridge organization.
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Clean Out the Pantry
Is your pantry hiding a can of soup that’s older than some of your children? If so, it’s time to clean up shop. Don’t become overwhelmed with this project. Simply take it shelf by shelf and throw out anything that’s expired.
Add a few baskets and bins to corral smaller items, and put baking supplies like flour and sugar in big glass jars. Just a few simple steps will make all the difference.