September 6, 2016

Home Tour : A Simple + Efficient Kitchen

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I’m slowly making it through my home tour this year and today I’m sharing my kitchen. I’ve shared different parts of the kitchen on the blog and on social media but today it’ll all be in one place. We did a small update a couple years ago – we added added new countertops, a backsplash, moved the island, added new lighting, a new cooktop and vent and a couple other smaller details. We love the kitchen and workspace – it’s large and still efficient and just right for our family.

 

Kitchen Counter with Bar Mop Towels in a Jar - Clean Mama

One of my favorite features is the backsplash – it’s simple and adds interest to the room and protects the walls and it’s super easy to wipe clean. I love that it’s a variation on subway tile.

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The subway tile backsplash is from Lowe’s – you can purchase at the store or online and there are a few color different variations of the same tile.

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The granite we chose was from a local countertop supplier – it’s a fairly common granite that you can probably find at just about any supplier – New Venetian Gold.

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The paint is Benjamin Moore’s Revere Pewter – my favorite go-with-everything neutral.

Clear Kitchen Counters via Clean Mama

I love having a couple simple ‘stations’ in the kitchen with everyday items – it really helps keep things organized and at the ready.

Organized Every Day Kitchen Items via Clean Mama

Clean Refrigerator via Clean Mama

One of my favorite things about the whole kitchen is the cookbook storage – I love it!

Recipe Binders and Cookbooks via Clean Mama

3 Things Every Command Center Needs via Clean Mama

I also love the little command center too – it’s just right.

Organized Kitchen Towels via Clean Mama copy

Organized towels and cleaning cloths is my love language (not really, I just love having neat and tidy towels :)). You can see more about my favorite towels for the kitchen here.

Kitchen Towels - Clean Mama

I divided our kitchen up into zones or work spaces and then organized the drawers from there. (You can see how I created zones in the pantry here and zones in the kitchen here.)  And here’s how to organize a kitchen drawer in 15 minutes. I made a list of all the drawers and what went in each drawer – this was really helpful to keep everything together and contained.

Measuring Cups and Spoons via Clean Mama

Going around the kitchen from left to right, here are the drawers in my kitchen:

  • grill
  • paper goods
  • silverware
  • cutting boards
  • dish towels
  • measuring cups and spoons (baking)
  • oven mitts and hot pads and wraps (foil, parchment, etc)
  • pots & pans
  • oversized pans
  • baking pans

Oven Mitts & Pot Holders and Wraps via Clean Mama

I also have six large drawers in the island (work station) – the top two drawers have large silverware organizers and they are labeled:

  • thermometers, scoops, grate & press, cakes, miscellaneous
  • knives, openers, cutters, bottle stoppers, miscellaneous

Labeled Tool Drawer via Clean Mama

Then the pull-out drawers under each one are labeled:

  • food storage
  • baking pans
  • food processing
  • roasting supplies

Food Storage and Baking Pans via Clean Mama

 

Pots and Pans and Oversized Pans via Clean Mama

Nightly Sink Scrub Under the Kitchen Sink - Clean Mama

And under the kitchen sink too! Keep your favorite cleaning tools ready for cleaning and you’ll be more likely to use them.

Here are some posts in this series that you might like – just click on the pictures to head to the post:

LAUNDRY ROOM TOUR - Clean Mama

Easy to Clean Mud Room - Clean Mama

CLEANING CLOSET

A Whole House Color Scheme - Clean Mama

How to Decorate So Cleaning Is Easy - Tips, Tricks, and Methods that Work - Clean Mama

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