Accessorize your kitchen! These 7 things will simplify your life AND give your kitchen a touch of personality and coziness! This post is sponsored by MightyNest. As always, I’m happy to recommend them, and grateful that they carry such a wide selection of healthy products for my home!
Want to breathe new life into your kitchen–without spending much money? Just like you can wake up a mundane outfit with a few well-chosen accessories, your kitchen can benefit from quick, frugal additions.
Over my six years of marriage I’ve collected a few favourite kitchen accessories that not only simplify my life, but give my kitchen a touch of personality and coziness. When we lived in a series of apartments these items helped to make each new kitchen feel like home. They’re a small but worthwhile investment when you don’t have the time or budget for new paint or appliance upgrades!
**Note: You can get the Swedish Dishcloths I mention for just $1! Details at the end of the post!**
7 Accessories to Streamline and Beautify Your Kitchen:
Glass Spray Bottle
If you’re looking for ways to cut back on plastic, a glass spray bottle is a small investment that gets a lot of mileage. I got mine from Grove Collaborative. Not only is it beautiful, but it also doesn’t hang on to smells the way that a plastic bottle does. I can scent my homemade all-purpose cleaner with lemon one month and peppermint the next, and because the bottle is glass it won’t absorb or mix the odors from one batch to another.
Wall-Mounted Knife Strip
This slim, magnetic knife strip frees up counter and drawer space. I think it adds visual interest, too! My knives and scissors are easy to access, and the size of the knife strip sets a helpful limit on how many knives I keep.
A bread box certainly isn’t a must-have kitchen item, but I gladly admit that I love mine! I found a nice, roomy wooden one at the thrift store. It fits a large loaf of bread, but there’s also room to corral tortillas, biscuits, and other baked odds and ends. Previously I stored these items on top of the fridge, but because they were out of sight I’d occasionally forget about them and something would mold before we had time to eat it.
Scrub Brush and Dish
I’ve washed dishes a lot of ways, and this is hands down my favourite way to get them clean! (Other than sliding them in the dishwasher, of course!) For hand washing, this little set from Full Circle is the best. The spring platform inside the dish creates plenty of suds and helps your soap go a longer way. The scrub brush is effective and doesn’t scratch any of my pans. Also, I love how this looks next to my sink!
Vintage Mason Jars
You can find these at antique stores in various sizes. I started asking for them for my birthday several years ago, and now I have five that I use to store beans, grits, lentils, and other dry grains and legumes.
Stove Top Tea Kettle
A traditional tea kettle adds a homey touch to any kitchen. The biggest downside, in my opinion, of electric tea kettles is that they take up precious counter space! I value clutter-free kitchen counters, so having a cheery tea kettle parked on my stove top is a double win. Note: If you want to invest in an heirloom-quality tea kettle, MightyNest carries a gorgeous copper tea kettle, as well as a stainless steel kettle! These are ones you would probably pass down to your children!
I’ve had a lifelong reversion to kitchen sponges because they get smelly so quickly. I wanted to find an effective (and pretty) alternative, and I finally have! Swedish dishcloths are my solution, and not only have they replaced kitchen sponges, but most of my paper towel usage, too! They’re made of natural materials and are super absorbent–they clean up food and drink spills like a charm, and don’t leave streaks on my glass cook top.
Swedish dishcloths were invented in Sweden in 1949, and have a growing and loyal following in the United States. I know they’re called dishcloths, but don’t picture a tea towel. While you can definitely use them to dry your hands, they’re much more like large sponges or small paper towels. (They’re about the size of a book.)
My Swedish dishcloths are from MightyNest, an online general store for natural products for your home and family. I love the clean, Scandinavian-style prints on the dishcloths. They’re much prettier than paper towels, which all end up in the trash anyway. Eventually the fibers in the Swedish dishcloths will break down, but it will be many, many washes before that happens. And when your dishcloth is no longer useful in the kitchen, you can compost it!
Here are some features of the Swedish dishcloths from MightyNest:
- Measure 6″ by 8″
- Soften when wet, and dry quickly
- Absorb 15 times their own weight
- Made with Earth-friendly cellulose and cotton and water-based inks
- Last 9-12 months, and are compostable
Washing the dishcloths is easy. Usually you can just rinse it out and let it air dry, but when it starts to get soiled simply put it in the top rack of your dishwasher, or even toss it in the laundry! Once washed, wring it out and let it air dry (I usually just lay mine over the dish drainer). For further sanitation you can also boil it, or wet it and then microwave it for 30 seconds.
Swedish dishcloths are normally $5.99 each (plus shipping) from MightyNest, but if you join their MightyFix program you can get two for $1.00! The MightyFix is a subscription service that sends you natural products for your home each month. You pay just $10 per month, (after your initial $1.00), but the value of the item(s) you receive will always be at least $10, if not more! Shipping is always free*, and you can add any other MightyNest products to your order and get free shipping on those, too!
The goal with the MightyFix subscription is to let you incorporate natural products into your life in a frugal, non-overwhelming way. Each month is a surprise, but typical items include things like a glass water bottle, reusable stainless steel straws, natural sunscreen, wool dryer balls, etc. You’ll always get something that’s useful in any household; not just for families with children.
If you’d like to start getting the MightyFix, you can subscribe via this link. Your first month will only cost $1.00, and will include the Swedish dishcloths! Clicking through this link will apply the discount to your cart, but you can also enter the code ROOTEDDISHCLOTHS at checkout.
Enjoy spring cleaning with your new dishcloths! They’ll brighten your kitchen all year long!
*(If you don’t live in the contiguous United States, see shipping details here.)
This post is sponsored by MightyNest. As always, I’m happy to recommend them, and grateful that they carry such a wide selection of healthy products for my home!