After the hustle and bustle of holiday cooking, your kitchen may have started to feel tired and worn-out. It’s time to freshen up! I know for me, after packing away all of that holiday decor, mine almost felt empty. It was definitely time for a kitchen refresh.
Fortunately, you don’t need to invest in a bunch of new appliances or even move any appliances out of the way to give your kitchen a much-needed refresh. These five simple ways to freshen up your kitchen on a budget will look fresh and modern without costing you much time or money at all!
Kitchen Refresh 1: Invest in drawer organization
If you have drawers that are overflowing with stuff, it might be time for an organization overhaul. Organizing kitchen drawers is actually pretty simple. All you need is some drawer dividers (which are easily found at any home store and online), and a little bit of creativity when it comes to organizing. A label maker can be helpful too!
Dividers are available in multiple sizes so they can fit in just about any drawer. Group like items together—spoons next to spoons, knives next to knives, etc.—and then try laying out similar-sized items vertically or horizontally depending on how much space you have available.
With organization, always make sure that everything has its own place—don’t let single utensils take over your silverware tray! Everything should also be clearly labeled so that you don’t end up digging through a bin of flatware looking for just one item.
Kitchen Refresh 2: Change soap dispensers
Did you know that over time, soap dispensers can collect germs? That’s because they’re often not cleaned regularly enough. The easiest way to freshen up a kitchen is simply by changing out those soap dispensers, it won’t cost much—and it might give your kitchen a brand-new look while you’re at it!
Waterproof stickers make a big difference too, especially if you have dish and hand soap in the same area!
Finally, remember that cleanliness can go a long way toward making even an old kitchen feel new again. Just give everything a good scrubbing—including cabinets, drawers, and walls—and wash all of those dishtowels that have probably seen better days.
Kitchen Refresh 3: Update rugs
Rugs are a great way to add color, pattern, and texture.
For a simple but impactful kitchen refresh, try replacing old rugs with new ones in different colors or patterns. You can do so without spending too much money by shopping at discount stores or online sales to freshen up your kitchen on a budget!
Kitchen Refresh 4: Clean out the fridge
This means going through your refrigerator, freezer, and pantry—once you’ve cleaned them out (both literally and figuratively), it’s time to figure out what stays, what goes, and what should be thrown away. If a piece of food is past its expiration date or has lost its flavor or texture, toss it!
While you’re cleaning out, don’t forget about your trashcan! If there’s anything leftover from last year that hasn’t been thrown away (old takeout containers, used paper plates, etc.), get rid of it now. You can also clean out any old pots or pans—anything you haven’t used in a while should go.
Kitchen Refresh 5: Add new accessories and art
It’s time to refresh your kitchen accessories! Consider adding some new artwork, ceramic dishes, or other pieces that really stand out – and shopping other areas in your home works great, too.
The extra details can easily make an otherwise dull space much more interesting. And don’t forget: You don’t have to redo everything at once—even just swapping out a few key elements is enough to breathe new life into a kitchen.