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31 Days to a Kitchen You Love Day 4: Counters…And inspiration via Nigella Lawson

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I recently discovered Nigella Lawson and think she is fascinatingly entertaining, even if the recipe is something I coudn’t or wouldn’t make!  Kitchen inspiration for sure!  My 10 year old likes her because she is pretty and my 6 and 8 year olds insist that she is a math genius because she used metric measure!


I noticed something funny yesterday after I had been cleaning and beautifying the window.  My 10year old tied on her cute ruffled apron and started cleaning the kitchen.  In the middle of the afternoon.  Without prompting.  This does not happen!  Do you think my efforts to make the kitchen a more special place are working already?  Getting my kids to work was not really one of my goals, but if it has that effect, I’ll take it!

Today I’m going to be working on my yucky old tile countertops.  I’m not a fan.  The grout is narrow so a normal wiping doesn’t really get them clean.  I cleaned them awhile back, but they get bad again quickly.  I’ll also scrub and bleach the tiles.  I don’t really want to use a toxic Clorox-type bleach, so I’m going to give lemon juice and baking soda a shot.  I’m looking forward to having nice clean counters.  One day perhaps I’ll have a smooth surface, but until then I will do the best I can with what I have!

Of course cleaning them necessitates decluttering too.  I’m sure I’m not alone in the fact that kitchen counters tend to catch clutter.  There’s little that pleases me more than to see tidy, uncluttered countertops, and I’ll admit that between constant cooking/washing up and regular daily clutter it rarely happens.  Maybe today?

What do you use to clean your countertops?  Any tips for keeping tile sparkly clean?

And what do you do to make the kitchen a place where your children like to work?

One thought on “31 Days to a Kitchen You Love Day 4: Counters…And inspiration via Nigella Lawson

  1. I was just watching her show earlier today! Love her accent too 😉 Great series topic!!

    I blog at “Only a Breath” and would love for you to stop by if you have time! I’m writing about “31 Days to Love Your Neighbor”. It has been a very interesting journey to say the least! 🙂

    Have a great day!

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