It’s that time again. The weather is getting warmer, the days are getting longer, and we’re ready to clean out clutter with a fresh start this spring. Sometimes that means consolidating or saying goodbye to things we no longer use and coming up with creative solutions to storing those prized pieces we just can’t seem to let go of. Here are a few ways to bring more life into your kitchen this season!
Reimagine Wall Storage
Often times, we end up piling dishes, pots and pans, and other kitchen accessories into every nook and cranny we can find, and it’s often an organizational nightmare. We forget one of the most obvious places to create extra space, our walls!
Take advantage of any unused space on your bare walls, as it’s going to be a great way to create more storage in your kitchen. This can come in the form of unique shelving. Don’t underestimate the power of repurposing because everything from rake heads to pallets can be used as hooks for pots and pans or trendy ways to display and store colorful dishes. German designer Katrin Arens uses this technique to spice up her kitchen. This also keeps items you tend to use regularly in reach and quickly at your disposal.
Don’t be afraid to mix and match or be bold with what you’re keeping in your kitchen. Shelving isn’t limited to just cooking supplies. Be creative – you can use old chicken feeders to organize spices, vintage window frames to display kitchen keepsakes and old photographs, and ladder shelves to stow recipe books, herb gardens, and any other miscellaneous items that just can’t seem to find a home in the cupboards.
Get Creative with Plants
If you’re not an experienced green thumb but still enjoy bringing a splash of the outdoors into your home, creative planters are the way to go, especially if you’re looking for something low maintenance. Succulents and air plants are both fairly inexpensive and can thrive in most places, only needing to be watered once or twice a week. So how to display them?
Well, if you happen to be a wine drinker, you must know how many corks one can end up with by the end of the year, especially after the holidays. Sometimes they end up floating around junk drawers with no place to go. Luckily, these little cork planters are a totally creative solution! For anyone who loves seeing something adorable growing in their home these tiny magnetic trinkets made from cork stoppers are the perfect way to bring life into your kitchen.
These DIY planters only require a few items: a hot glue gun, craft magnets, mini succulents or air plants, potting soil, and a knife. Dig into the cork halfway down, glue a craft magnet to the back, fill it with soil, and place one of your plants inside, Viola! An eye-catching refrigerator garden in seconds flat. If DIY isn’t really your cup of tea, feel free to mix and match with various kinds of planters, from tea cups to old watering or paint cans, the possibilities are endless.
Liven Up Lighting
Mason jars have become somewhat of a staple in most kitchens nowadays. Not only are they timeless and multifaceted, but they also make unique light fixtures that can easily be done at home without the help of an electrician. Some are made with tiny, battery operated twinkle lights that can be turned on and off. Others tend to be more elaborate and actually serve as a chandelier type of fixture.
You can also experiment with various kinds of string bulb or twinkle lights around windows and on top of cabinets (if you have space below the ceiling) that can be turned on to soften the ambiance or as permanent night lights in your kitchen.
Despite the amount of time and money we think we have (or don’t have) for redecorating, not only can it be friendly to your wallet, but it can be an exciting and creative endeavor. Especially if you can conjure up some imagination with items that would otherwise be deemed useless. Happy Spring!