My family and I recently moved down to sunny Delray Beach, Florida. Back in 2010, we took a trip to Orlando and really just fell in love with the feel and environment of the state. From that point on, all our daydreams were about living down in Florida near the beach. Fast forward six years later and the dream has become a reality. We live within a mile from the beach and all types of restaurants and quaint shops.
It’s been a whirlwind moving all our belongings down here and finding a charming place to stay. Since we owned our home for 7 years, we’ve opted to rent instead of buy. The apartment development where we live is situated on a lake complete with geese and long bridges that are great for taking strolls. I love to organize and also inject a bit of my personality as well.
When you have two little ones, organization is something that I have to implement to keep my sanity. The kitchen is the first thing people see when they walk into our home, so I wanted to make sure it looks bright, inviting and organized. Here’s a few tips that I’ve found help me to maintain tidy and attractive kitchen countertops.
I don’t have anything against dishwashers, but it can be a bit of a hassle to reach down and open the dishwasher to get the dishes out. Also, I want to make it easy for my young children to reach up and grab a cup to pour their own juice or get their own plates. I still like to wash dishes by hand because I know for certain that the dishes are completely clean, and I love the easy access.
If you have certain colors that you want to stand out, the dish rack can be unexpected way to punch up the color in your kitchen. I chose turquoise and peach because of the way these colors naturally compliment each other.
2. Clear Kitchen Canisters
Keeping canisters on the countertop definitely helps me to keep organized in the kitchen. I have three with the ingredients that I use the most. For me, those ingredients are sugar, flour and pasta. Of course you can use as many canisters as you need. I like to use clear ones because I don’t have to do any guesswork when it comes to knowing what’s inside. Labels are also a great way to know what’s under the lid. These glass canisters perform double duty by not only keeping me organized but making the countertops look good.
3. Tiered Fruit Basket
I love my tiered fruit basket because it provides a place to store my fruits right on the countertop and helps us all make better choices when it comes to snacking. When I go to the grocery store, I make sure to pick up everyone’s favorite fruit. My son Drew would rather eat apples than candy, so I definitely make sure I pick up some ripe red apples. I absolutely love oranges and lemons for flavoring my water. You also can’t deny how lovely a fruit basket looks in the kitchen. It allows you to be organized, add color and may even help you look a little slimmer in your jeans.
4. Kitchen Utensil Organizer
If you like to cook like me and don’t want to look everywhere for your spatula or spoon, a kitchen utensil organizer is a must! There are so many styles to choose from but I opted for a stainless steel set. I also saw some nice bamboo sets as well. When organizing, never miss an opportunity to introduce your own style or theme into the décor.
5. Utilizing a Tray for A Spice Rack
Spice racks can get expensive and I’ve found a cute and inexpensive way to keep your most frequently used spices close by. A simple tray can store your teas, coffee and favorite spices. Some of my favorite spices are cinnamon, nutmeg, oregano and garlic. Lately I’ve really been into experimenting with cinnamon and nutmeg because I enjoy the fall season.
Organizing your kitchen countertops doesn’t have to be boring. One way to stay away from being bland is to choose a color scheme and pick organization accessories that have those colors or textures in them.
Decluttering your kitchen should also bring pieces of you and your family’s personalities into it. Make it make sense for your lifestyle. For instance, I buy plastic cups and plates for my children because they’re easier to clean and come in a variety of different colors. Buying expensive china wouldn’t make sense for our situation, but it would if your children are older and wouldn’t break your glasses and plates.
This is an especially exciting time for our family with moving in and acclimating to our new environment and home. I hope you found some inspiration for organizing your own kitchen countertops!
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