Tips to Keep Open Shelves In the Kitchen

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Hey there all, its Sara from Twelve On Main.  I am super excited to talk about something I love today.  Open shelves.  I am a huge fan of open shelves in the kitchen.  I myself have recently remodeled my kitchen to incorporate some open shelving.  And guess what?  I absolutely love them.

There are so many things about open shelves in the kitchen that are positives in my opinion.  One of the biggest ones is accessibility.  Not having those cupboard doors on the fronts makes cleaning and unloading dishes from the dishwasher so much easier.  I have 4 kids, and they all have chores, and unloading the dishwasher is one of them.  When they put things away on the open shelves, they take care, because they know they will be seen.  When they put things away in the hidden cupboards, they are careless and messy, because hey, there’s a door to hide it all.

There is also the accessibility of spices and other items that I keep on my open shelves.

Everything is right at hand, and by setting up the shelves in terms of functionality as well as beauty, you can be so very happy with them.

I know many people are concerned with the functionality of open shelves in the kitchen and how they do in terms of dust and grease collection.  Well, after having them in my kitchen for over 1 year, I am here to give you a few tips on how to keep them clean and organized all the time.

After living with open shelves in the kitchen for a while there are a few things I would recommend if you are interested in adding some to your kitchen.

First, keep your most often used items on your open shelves.

The secret to keeping the dust collection at bay is to use the items often.  We keep our nice white dinnerware on our open shelves, as well as serving bowls and trays.  We use them daily.  We are often using the serving bowls for mixing up pancake batter or scrambled eggs.  Having 4 kids in a small town means that you do a lot of cooking at home.

By regularly rotating the use of the items on the shelves, you lessen the effect of dust or grease.

Now, let's talk about grease.  After more than a year of open shelves, and using a 48-inch commercial stove, I can be the first to say that grease is not that big of an issue.  I can only find one spot on my first set of shelves where I have found some.  This shelf is where I store my spices so it's an easy wipe away.  And since we are constantly using our spices, they are constantly getting wiped down and used so the build-up is minimal.

Now, we also have a few shelves which we have more decorative items on them.  We have some pitchers and other containers that are used on these shelves.  I will take these shelves approximately quarterly, wipe down and wash anything that may need some attention.  Honestly though, with the amount of decorating and styling I do for holidays and seasons, things are moved around enough that once again the build-up of dust is minimal.

I think the biggest thing you can learn if you decided to have open shelves in the kitchen is to use them all the time.  Don’t just decorate them with pretty objects and never use them.  They are a very usable part of your kitchen and can be a very convenient way to store your beautiful kitchen items.

I hope that if you are thinking of installing open shelves in your kitchen that you will give it some thought. I find them a wonderful addition to my kitchen and find that the benefits greatly outweigh the risk.

For more on open shelving: Unique Kitchenware To Display On Open Shelves | More Than Meets The Eye: Great Uses For Floating Shelves

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Sara is the founder and creative force behind the blog Twelve On Main, where her main goal is to inspire others to DIY for themselves. She is inspired by her 4 children and the simple farmhouse lifestyle they have created in the quaint town in the mountains of Southern Utah. She started her blog only 1 year ago, and has had an incredible following thus far in her career. In addition to raising her children with her husband, she works with him in their family business, and in her free time, can most often be found working on a new project or creating beautiful spaces for herself or others.