Article from http://www.thekitchn.com/
Whether you’re sprucing up for company or just trying to maintain a tidy home on the reg, there are several things that can actually hinder your efforts. Kitchens are a notoriously tough room; no matter how often you scrub, sweep, and organize, if you do any of these six things it will still look messy.
1. You have too much clutter on your counters.
This one may be obvious, but too much stuff on your countertops is a total no-no. It doesn’t matter if it’s a couple small appliances or decorative canisters — the more you clutter your counters, the messier the space will seem. Stick to only one or two frequently used gadgets on the counter (like your coffee maker and toaster) and keep everything else hidden behind your cabinet doors.
2. You don’t have enough stuff on your counters.
But! But! It’s a crazy balance, I know. If you don’t have a lot of stuff on your counters and then you start piling up the mail, coupons, and other random stuff, those things are really going to stand out…