Easy Kitchen Updates

The kitchen may be the hardest-working room in the house, so it runs the risk of looking overworked. Give your kitchen fresh appeal with these quick and easy updates, including solutions for your windows, floor, pantry, and more!

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Freestanding Pantry Ideas

Short on storage and space? No worries. These stylish go-anywhere pantry designs house everything from baking pans and cooking staples to party supplies -- exactly where you need them most. As a bonus, many of these units are transportable so they can travel with you when you move.

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One-of-a-Kind Backsplashes

In a hardworking kitchen, a backsplash is an ideal opportunity to add a little personality. See how pretty materials and unique installations can bring a fresh face to your kitchen.

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Drab to Fab Makeover

See how a basic kitchen received a fresh face on an affordable remodeling budget.

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Guide to Cabinetry

From Better Homes and Gardens, ideas and improvement projects for your home and garden plus recipes and entertaining ideas.

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Countertop Ideas

Countertops are big part of your kitchen. Consider these up-and-coming materials to make a statement in your space.

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Subway Tile Backsplashes

When it comes to a classic backsplash, nothing beats the traditional subway tile. Subway tiles make cleaning up kitchen messes a quick and easy task, plus the variety to choose from seems almost infinite. One thing is for sure, subway tile will never go out of style.

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Kitchen Organizers

Keeping your kitchen neat and tidy doesn't have to be a struggle. Use these tips and ideas for kitchen organizers to ensure your space stays clutter-free.

Kitchen Organizer: Drawer Dividers

Store more in your kitchen drawers with custom drawer organizers. This one features a sliding compartment that keeps silverware within reach when you need it but can slide back to create easy access to a measuring spoon or hand towel. The divider takes advantage of drawer depth that's often wasted space. It's the perfect solution for any kitchen with limited drawer space.

Kitchen Organizer: Office Supplies

Think beyond their traditional duties, and use office supplies as kitchen organizers to keep cookware, bakeware, and serving dishes neat and tidy. A duo of metal file holders keeps cooling racks and cutting boards separate, while bins typically used for paper storage house dishes used mostly for special occasions.

These unexpected applications of supplies allow you to customize cabinets to get the most use out of typically open and undefined spaces. By storing racks and boards vertically, they are easier to retrieve than when stacked one on top of the other. They'll also be easier to see when selecting what you need. Storing special-occasion items in lidded bins makes them stackable and keeps them a bit cleaner between uses. When everything has a specific home, organization is a breeze.

Kitchen Organizer: Baskets

For an individualized kitchen organization strategy, use matching wicker baskets as stand-ins for ordinary drawers. The baskets look stylish and are functional for storing linens and hand towels close to the sink. To keep towels tidy and easily accessible, consider rolling them rather than stacking them. Baskets also serve as terrific tools for items that need to be toted from one place to another. For example, a basket could hold outdoor dishes and serving items, so it's easy to carry the basket to the deck or patio for entertaining or family barbecues. Or use them in the pantry for potatoes, onions, or other long-lived produce.

Kitchen Organizer: Towel Bar

Keep everyday cooking utensils within reach by using a simple towel bar. Outfitted with hooks, the rack becomes the perfect spot to store -- and display -- a set of matching cooking utensils. It's the perfect solution for kitchens with limited drawer space, as it frees up an entire drawer to be used for storing other items. Plus, the utensils are within easy reach. Place the towel bar close to the stove or cooktop, so the tools are available when and where you need them. With the wide range of styles available, it's easy to find a towel bar that coordinates with other kitchen hardware and fixtures.

Kitchen Organizer: Plastic Containers

Clutter can sneak in to almost every spot in your home -- even the freezer. Cut the clutter by keeping all of your frozen items in containers stacked and sorted by category.

To keep frozen meats separate, purchase metal baskets and label them according to their contents. Store home-frozen produce and extra portions of soups, casseroles, and other easy dinner items in stackable plastic containers with easy-to-read labels (include dates so you can use the oldest items first). You can also store purchased frozen fruits and vegetables and similar items in plastic containers for easy stacking and retrieval.

Transfer baking supplies to plastic containers, label the containers, and stack them together on a shelf. Or keep them in a basket to be ready to grab. If you want to save instructions, recipes, or other necessary information from the original package, tuck it inside the basket or attach it to the container lid. Place items that are frequently used and replaced at eye level, so it's easy to see what you have.

Kitchen Organizer: Cabinet Dividers

Keep large platters and serving trays upright with cabinet dividers. These vertical dividers make it easy to pull out large serving pieces when needed, because the pieces are filed away like papers and not stacked on top of each other. Available at home centers and from online sources, vertical dividers can be added to most cabinets, and many can be customized to match size needs and other requirements.

Kitchen Organizer: Pegboard Dish Storage

For storing dishes in drawers, use a pegboard system to prevent dishes from sliding around. A pegboard on the bottom of the drawer accommodates tall pegs, which are placed around stacks of dishes and can be repositioned as needed.

Kitchen Organizer: Open Shelves

Add storage to open wall space in your kitchen with shelving. Easier to install than upper cabinets, shelves can be used to keep frequently used dishes and cooking supplies at the ready. For a clean look, store food and ingredients in matching canisters and be selective about what dishes are displayed on the shelves.

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