The 6 Things that Will Make Your Kitchen Look Exceptionally Tidy, According to a Professional Organizer
The Kitchen Before the Makeover
Before the remodel, the kitchen was in need of a refresh—both in style, and for purely functional reasons.
Think About Open Shelving
"Instead of spending our entire budget on custom cabinetry we opted to remove our cabinet doors and freshen up the space with a few coats of bright white paint," says Gill. The open shelving provides an aesthetically pleasing view of, and instant access to, all of the family's daily essentials.
Paring down to the essentials makes it simple to maintain a neat and tidy kitchen. By ditching all chipped and mismatched plates, bowls, and mugs, and investing in durable ceramics and glassware, Gill created a uniform and streamlined aesthetic. "We stock, and display, only eight of each item—so we have everything we need at arm’s reach, but nothing more," she explains.
Create a Junk-Free Junk Drawer
Ditch the junk and create a functional, organized utility drawer. "This mini-makeover will ensure that all of your household essentials are easy to find at a moment’s notice—ours is stocked with batteries, tools, and basic office supplies," says Gill. Luckily, you don’t need to splurge on custom drawer organizers. You can measure and puzzle-piece your own modular drawer organizers together to create drawers that can’t help but stay organized.
Pro tip: Don’t forget to ditch the bulky packaging to bring tidy to the next level.
Refresh Your Refrigerator
Expand the Countertop
"Our kitchen was the natural center of our lives, but the layout of our home constrained our ability to comfortably gather there," explains Gill. She wanted to design a kitchen that facilitated gatherings and fostered a sense of togetherness. "To achieve this, we opened up the kitchen wall and created a peninsula with seating that extends into the dining room," she says. "Not only does this new arrangement make the whole space feel brighter and more inviting, but the counter has become a favorite destination for snacking, socializing, homework, and projects," she adds.
Build a Package-Free Pantry
Create a stylish and sustainable pantry by eliminating packaging and plastic whenever possible. "We use large glass canisters with scoops to store grab-and-go snacks for the kids and corral other non-perishable items by type in stylish baskets," says Gill. Her top tip: "Clip-on labels ensure that order prevails!"
Pick Timeless Over Trendy
You can create an elevated aesthetic without breaking the bank if you focus on clean lines and timeless design. "We chose modern light fixtures from Rejuvenation and Cedar & Moss, modern hardware from Schoolhouse, and classic white subway tile," says Shira. "Instead of splurging on tile floors, we opted to extend the oak panels from the rest of the house into the kitchen for a cohesive look." A vintage Turkish runner (found on Etsy) adds a little color and warmth.