I remember the first time I saw a kitchen with appliances tucked away behind cabinet doors. I was a little confused — where was the refrigerator? The dishwasher? They blended right into the kitchen! What do you think about this look? Would you like your appliances hidden behind cabinet doors, or do prefer to have them proudly on display?
I like the look and the seamless feel it creates. I don’t like the finger prints that showed up on my old stainless steel appliances. The wood facing makes the kitchen feel more spacious and the architecural lines feel elegant and connected. The warmth of cabinets and island tie in perfectly with the flooring, countertops and tile. Thank you Matthew!
A recently purchased 1950s Ranch home gets the first makeover in 60 years! There are plenty of good things about buying a house from the original owner. No questions about when appliances were replaced, when work was done, or whether there’s a reason for that sticky window in the guest room. But the downside? The house might be in need of a major update so hire a creative custom kitchen designer.
1. Keep the countertops clear
Relocate small appliances and get rid of any non-essential countertop decor. Make sure that whatever you do keep on the countertop is functional and essential to your cooking. (A cutting board, for example, or a salt cellar.)
2. Keep things in cabinets
If you’re aiming for a clutter-free kitchen, you’re better off sticking to cabinets so you can at least hide the clutter you do have. If you love open shelving, get comfortable with a minimalist style, have a unified color palette, or only display the pretty things in nice containers to keep things looking intentional and tidy.
3. Follow the "one in, one out" rule.
Every clutter-free kitchen has a plan in place to keep it that way, and it usually involves some form of the “one in, one out” rule, which means that for everything new you bring into the space, something else has to get taken out. This way you maintain a healthy balance, and the “stuff” doesn’t begin to take over.
5. Don't use the refrigerator as an art gallery
Simple, but so true: Remove excess paper, notes, photos, lists, and magnets from the refrigerator, and just let the refrigerator be, and your kitchen will immediately look neater.
7. Do a chore a day, instead of all at once
To maintain a clutter-free kitchen you have to value tidiness, and place a priority on cleaning. But that doesn’t mean you have to be knee-deep in deep cleaning every week; just do a little cleaning every day, so you’re both cleaning and maintaining the kitchen at the same time
10. Always leave the kitchen better than you found it
A rule of living for clutter-free kitchen cooks: they always leave the kitchen better than when they found it. This might mean quickly wiping down the table when they pass through the room, or taking the water glasses out of the sink and loading them in the dishwasher. It means always looking at your kitchen with a discerning eye and asking yourself: “What small thing can I do in this moment to make my kitchen a little bit better?” Small things grow up to be great habits.