Today, my husband and I came home from a wonderful weekend vacation, and immediately we walked into a stale (and maybe a little smelly) kitchen. I love my kitchen, and it truly is one of my favorite rooms in my house, but this afternoon it was far from pleasant. I am somewhat obsessed with comfort and making my five senses happy – so I immediately kicked into gear my “make this kitchen my favorite room again” project. I have a few go-to favorites for freshening up my kitchen, so I thought I would share them. These are probably pretty common solutions, but every kitchen needs a little freshening up every now and then! Please pass along any other ideas. I am always looking for new tips!
- Clean is better – I keep my kitchen rather clean, but sometimes it needs a quick 10 minute cleaning-down. I love to start the dishwasher, wash any used dishes, and make sure all dishes are limited to the drainboard. Once the dishes are air-drying, I fine with them still on the counter. Usually a good 10-minute kitchen cleaning leaves all the counters new again.
- Three instant pick-me-ups – I love to do three things daily. I replace the hand towel, Swifter the floor, and spray my counters down with my favorite thing ever: Mrs. Myers’s Clean Day Countertop Spray. I LOVE this stuff – and got it from Vitacost! See here for a Vitacost coupon. These three things freshen up my kitchen immediately.
- Good lighting – Every day I light my Yankee Candle. Every day. It is an air-freshener, mood lighting, and immediate ambience. This is my current candle fav. Also, we also have a countertop lamp that we light instead of our overhead light fixture. We never use the harsh standard lighting, and our lamp does wonders for the cozy factor.
- Sounds and smells – This afternoon I immediately turned on some pretty music and made coffee. These two things immediately made me want to be in my kitchen. All five sense are happy!
This might sound a little OCD. Or a lot OCD. But, after coming home to a messy, dirty kitchen, nothing can replace a little clean and fresh!