You get a
new hairdo to switch up your look; give your closet a makeover when your style is in a rut; but what about your kitchen, the one place crucial to your daily sustenance? Most of us battle with scarce culinary real estate — and a limited budget — that meal prep can feel like such a chore.
Unless you have a decorator on speed dial, completely remodeling your cooking space is probably unrealistic. So, we're bringing you the next best thing: A selection of cute kitchen accessories that won't break the bank. Whether it's swapping out your stained college mug for a sleek new model, or getting smart storage solutions to free up more counter space, these $29-and-under additions will make your kitchen look like a million bucks. Meal prepping just might be the highlight of your week from now on.
Let this no-maintenance succulent be the first thing you see when you make breakfast.
Allstate Mini Artificial Succulent, $12.99, available at Nordstrom. More
Time to toss your boring rubber spatulas with months-old omelette stains — this oil slick serving set is super fun
and dishwasher-safe. Urban Outfitters 3-Piece Oil Slick Metallic Serving Utensil Set, $26, available at Urban Outfitters. More
Lining up your mugs on a hand towel is by no means a space-efficient way to dry them out. This funky rack can store 'em all. Bonus: It's a cool design object when not in use.
Spectrum Diversified Euro Mug Holder, $17, available at Amazon. More Read More
Believe in the power of presentation: Your microwaved leftovers will look like a Michelin-starred meal on this dish.
Juliska Splatter & Spin Melamine Dinner Plate, $16, available at The Lamp Stand. More
Pouring your morning O.J. should be an event in and of itself — this gold-rimmed carafe will do the trick, and double as the perfect vessel for your homemade sangria and fruit punch concoctions come summer.
H&M Home Carafe, $17.99, available at H&M. More
Let this wall art serve as a constant reminder to
never let yourself go there again. PxlNest Hangry Definition Print, $5, available at Etsy. More
Sure, you can dump a tea bag into your 5-year-old mug, but the secret to a life better lived is all about the
nice rituals you keep for yourself. Start small by making tea every morning out of this handcrafted ceramic pot — it does taste better, we promise! Neiman Marcus Isabella Teapot, $25, available at Neiman Marcus. More
This smart, lightweight product will come in extra handy if you have a kitchen sink that clogs up easily.
Joseph Joseph Dish Tub With Drain, $19.95, available at Crate & Barrel. More
way too many accidents pouring a heavy jug of milk into our cereal bowls. This cute pitcher will keep those spillages to a minimum. Anthropologie Somerley Pitcher, $19.95, available at Anthropologie. More
A serving tray for all the wine and cheese nights you'll be hosting now that your kitchen is all fancy. Plus, it's reversible!
Zara Home Two-Tone Printed Serving Tray, $14.90, available at Zara Home. More
The tailor-made home for your bananas.
Klevering Banana Plate, $13.86, available at Fleux. More
These slick metal bowls are a great place to keep your produce, and can be used to serve snacks when you have company.
CB2 Stainless Steel Gold Snack Bowls, $24.95, available at CB2. More
Add some color to the dreaded process of washing your dishes.
Anthropologie Fersana Jacquard Tea Towel, $18, available at Anthropologie. More
Your fine wines deserve a home that isn't just standing on top of your fridge. This rack can be mounted to save extra space.
Twine Farmhouse 3-Bottle Hanging Wine Rack, $22.99, available at Wayfair. More
This adorable apron sends a no-so-subtle hint to your S.O. on what you expect in exchange for your culinary services.
Old English Co. Cook For Wine Apron, $25, available at Etsy. More
This ice bucket duo takes care of your champagne
and rosé chilling needs. Prodyne Vino Duo Wine Bucket, $12.99, available at Amazon. More
This chalkboard is a neat little canvas for your grocery memo, ingredients list, or the menu when bae comes over for dinner.
Garden Trading Slate Menu Board, $12, available at Amara. More
Apart from storing your cooking gadgets, this bright and cheery crock can also be used as a vase.
Pier 1 Green Metal Utensil Crock, $19.99, available at Pier 1 Imports. More
A much cuter — and more environmentally friendly — alternative to plastic takeout containers.
Loveramics Prep+ Small Storage Jar, $18, available at Lane Crawford. More
A crucial tool for the petite chefs out there.
IKEA BEKVÄM Step Stool, $19.99, available at IKEA. More
This marble cheese board is making all of our #foodstagram dreams come true.
Sur La Table Marble Cheese Board and Slicer, $15, available at Sur La Table. More
Use this adjustable trivet instead of a placemat to save valuable counter space.
Umbra Pila Trivet, $14.99, available at Domino. More
No more mismatched cups when your friends come over for tea.
T.J. Maxx Set of 4 Marble Printed Mugs, $10, available at T.J. Maxx. More
Having drawers full of crumpled plastic bags is no way to live. Stow them neatly with this compact solution.
The Container Store Chrome Axis Over the Cabinet Grocery Bag Holder, $14.99, available at The Container Store. More
A covered trashcan is a must-have for every kitchen. These minimalistic ones come with a visual reminder to keep clean.
The Container Store Step Trash Cans, $13.49, available at The Container Store. More
You may not have an enchanted rose to display inside this glass dome, but fresh fruits from the grocery store will do just fine.
IKEA HÄRLIGA Glass Dome With Base, $12.99, available at IKEA. More
This chic table cloth will help you in the geography department.
Newchic World Map Pattern Cotton Linen Table Cloth, $15.99, available at Newchic. More
Keep your groceries in this wooden crate to achieve a farmhouse kitchen vibe.
T.J. Maxx Market Fresh Wood Storage Crate, $12.99, available at T.J. Maxx. More
Dish soap often comes in boring — if not downright ugly — packaging. These fun dispensers feature a much more aesthetically pleasing design.
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