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    37 Easy Upgrades For Anyone Who Spends A *Lot* Of Time In Their Kitchen

    Time to go from "I love my kitchen" to "this is literally my happy place."

    1. Let those small essentials you're *always* reaching for rest on a magnetic stove shelf, perfect for smaller kitchens where counter space is at a premium. This magnetic shelf attaches to the top of your stove with zero installation required, giving you a very handy spot to store spices, decor, and more while freeing up precious cabinet space.

    The stainless shelf on top of the back of a stove range holding oil, salt and pepper shakers, other spices, and a mortar and pestle

    2. Stick small LED lights under and/or above your kitchen cabinets for a neat glow anytime the lights are off — you can program them to give off a classic white glow or all sorts of colors, and at variety of brightness levels. No more blinding yourself with the overhead lights every time you need a glass of water at 3 a.m.

    A customer review photo of their cabinets with lighting above and below

    3. Cover any windows where you could use a lil' extra privacy in prismatic window film and let the sun cast gorgeous rainbows across the room. It still lets sunlight through, but you won't have to stare at your neighbors' sun-tanning on the back deck while you wash dishes.

    4. Give your appliances a major glow-up by picking up a liquid stainless-steel fridge kit, because why pay for a brand-new fridge when you can upgrade the aesthetic for a fraction of the price?

    A before and after photo showing their fridge updated with the chrome paint

    5. Or use some stainless-steel-effect contact paper to upgrade the look of your kitchen appliances. Because if it ain't broke, don't fix it — but you *can* still modernize the look fairly easily and cheaply.

    reviewer before and after of their dishwasher and oven entirely black and older looking before, now covered in the stainless steel contact paper and looking much improved

    6. If you've already got stainless steel appliances but they've seen better days, grab a bottle of Therapy Premium stainless steel cleaner & polish, a plant-based cleaner that'll get your stainless steel looking brand new. Goodbye smudges, dust, dirt, and oil — hello, clean surfaces and a lovely lavender scent.

    A customer review photo showing before and after using the polish on their oven

    7. Mount your mixer attachments with an under-cabinet tool holder if you're a baker! Because we love them, but they're kind of awkwardly shaped and tricky to store elsewhere. Plus, when you're scrambling to switch from your beater to your whisk, you don't need to be scrummaging around your cabinets trying to find where you left it last.

    KitchenAid Tool Holder set placed on the bottom of a cabinet

    8. Save precious counter space by installing an in-drawer bamboo block that'll store them safely and efficiently. It fits even larger-handled knives and plops right into your drawer with ease.

    An open drawer with the bamboo block installed

    9. If the thought of what's lurking inside your garbage disposal haunts you at night, give it a good, deep clean with a disposer foaming drain and pipe cleaner made to deodorize it while also removing the nasty grunge and buildup lurking within. No more gnarly smells or dirty water that just won't drain.

    10. And remove that nasty buildup in your dishwasher you've been trying to ignore for a while now with cleaning tablets capable of dissolving smelly residue. Just add a tablet, run a normal wash cycle, and watch lime and mineral buildup disappear. Now you don't have to worry about your dishes *actually* getting clean, especially with how often you cook.

    A before/after of a reviewer's dishwasher, dirty and stained before and shiny and new looking after

    11. Upgrade your fridge organization by stashing your produce, drinks, and more in separate clear refrigerator bins that'll make it look like something out of a magazine.

    12. And put an end the frustrating cycle of fruits and veggies going bad before you even have a chance to use them by placing anti-mold pads in your fridge. We've all shamefully thrown away a bag of wilted spinach or a wrinkly bell pepper — basically pouring money down the drain. These pads will buy you days of extra time and save you $$$ in the long run.

    13. Give your pantry situation a bit of a makeover with a set of Rubbermaid food storage containers — this airtight, see-through storage is perfect for holding dried goods like pasta, sugar, flour, and cereal. It makes it WAY easier to find what you're looking for, and the organization will feel oh-so satisfying every time you look at it.

    clear food storage containers filled with cereal, pasta, flour, and more

    14. Plus, slap some simple yet sleek labels on those containers so you don't mistake the salt for the sugar one day when you're in a rush 😬. It looks super nice and only helps you further in keeping track of what you actually have (instead of accidentally buying a bag of flour you didn't need).

    The labels on containers of flour, brown rice, and oats

    15. Skip replacing your entire sink and instead tackle stains with a bottle of Hope's Perfect sink cleaner and polish, made to restore brushed stainless steel, porcelain, cast-iron, and other surfaces to their former glory.

    16. And invest in a SinkShroom strainer, because there's nothing worse than having to stick your hand down in dirty sink water to pick up chunks of leftover food (gagging just thinking about it). This stainless steel strainer catches food particles without stopping the flow of water so your sink can keep draining.

    17. Refresh the old stained grout on your tile floors or backsplash with a nontoxic, waterproof grout pen — a far easier and cheaper alternative to having it professionally regrouted.

    18. Or get deep into the crevices and scrub away years of built-up dirt with an effective grout cleaner — oh, so *that's* what it's supposed to look like!

    19. If you're tired of looking at your old, outdated backsplash, achieve that classic subway tile look with a peel-and-stick version you can apply in a single afternoon — no retiling needed.

    20. Or add some ~flavor~ to your kitchen wall with faux-gel tile backsplash — a relatively cheap afternoon project in place of a hefty investment requiring professionals.

    21. Rid your oven of that baked-on grease and food from years ago — it's no match for this eco-friendly oven scrub, handmade with a blend of plant- and mineral-derived ingredients like eucalyptus, lemon, and peppermint essential oils; pumice stone; and baking soda.

    22. And avoid having to scrape burnt food off the bottom of your oven by using oven liners, because that's a task no one wants to spend time doing. They're easily cut if needed to match your oven size and even easier to clean — just rinse them off or toss in the dishwasher for a deeper wash!

    An oven with liners protecting the bottom

    23. Instead of always having to dig around for your big bulky colander that sits awkwardly in your sink when you need to drain something, get a cute pastel colander that expands to fit the length of your sink, letting you easily wash and rinse produce without it taking up much space. People also use this as a dish rack and leave it out on their sink so it's always ready.

    The strainer in pink expanded  to fit in a sink with potatoes in it and other vegetables next to it

    24. Let an automatic pan stirrer take care of that sauce that requires frequent stirring when you have like 10 other things going on in the kitchen and no one around to help. It might seem a little silly, but it's also a better alternative to burning your food!

    25. *Finally* organize your spices (or other cans and bottles) inside a drawer with customizable liners — you can cut them to fit the size of your drawers, and they'll hold your spices in place face-up so you can always find the cumin when you need it.

    26. Or utilize a spice rack with the labels facing you so you don't have to spend five minutes searching in your cabinet for the exact spice you need. Plus, it's cute enough to keep out on your counter so you can reach for the spice you need faster, and it *also* makes it easy to check which spices you're running low on before heading to the store.

    27. Set up a safe and efficient storage area for your dishes with a wooden peg board insert that can go right inside your cabinet drawers. Your plates, bowls, pot lids, and pans will be easily accessible, neatly organized, and safe from damage caused by bumping against each other.

    28. Bring an interesting flair to plain kitchen walls and doors with premade wall panels that add just a dash of elegance without being distracting.

    29. Replace the plain recessed lighting in your kitchen using a conversion kit that'll let you hang those gorgeous pendant lights you've had saved forever.

    A before and after photo showing the changes made with the conversion kit in someones kitchen

    30. Restore your porcelain and make it look almost brand new by going to town on it with The Pink Stuff, an internet-beloved paste made to tackle stains, dirt, and grime practically anywhere. Put it to test anywhere you've long given up on getting clean and watch it work its magic.

    31. Use cute decals to turn your kitchen cabinet into both a quick reference for measurement conversations *and* storage for your measuring spoons and cups. No more reaching for your phone to google how many tablespoons are in a cup; no more rummaging in a drawer for the 1/2 teaspoon that has, seemingly, magically disappeared.

    measurement decals on the inside of a kitchen cabinet

    32. Replace your old ratty dishrags with eco-friendly Swedish dishcloths capable of absorbing up to 15 times their own weight. They're more durable and last longer than the average dishrag, and the best part is that you can just toss them into the dishwasher for cleaning! They come in *dozens* of adorable designs as well.

    33. And while you're at it, ditch the plastic wrap or foil and start using beeswax food wraps, an all-natural, eco-friendly alternative to plastic wrap that actually keeps your food fresh for longer. Cover up a dish of leftovers, cheeses, fruit, bread, herbs, or anything else you want to keep fresh in your refrigerator with one of these gorgeous wraps. You'll also be reducing your household's plastic use, so it's a win for the planet too.

    34. Hang your fruit and veggies to let them ~breathe~ and also free up space on the counter! This hammock makes it so much easier to quickly grab an apple as you head out the door, or reach for an onion while you're in the middle of a recipe, and you'll always know at a glance whether you're running low.

    The macrame net hung below a cabinet with wood dowels and hooks

    35. Dissolve that baked-on grease on your stovetop that's been there for ages with a bottle of Bar Keepers Friend, a popular cooktop cleaner capable of removing the most stubborn of stains *and* restoring shine.

    A customer review photo showing their stove top before and after using the cleaner

    36. Or opt for a gentler option if you have an electric stove — this cooktop cleaning kit will remove those unsightly stains and baked-on deposits and leave it sparkling.

    37. Finally, address all those plastic grocery bags currently piling up inside a drawer or cabinet by stashing them compactly inside waterproof plastic bag holders. Now you can store them in a much more aesthetically pleasing, space-efficient, *and* easy-to-access way, pulling them out from the bottom as needed.