If you had seen my kitchen when I bought this house - well it was hideous. The cabinets were oak without any hardware. The appliances were white. Need I go on....
So two of the first things that I did was replace all of the appliances to stainless steel and have the cabinets professionally painted white. Todd added chrome hardware to all of the cabinets and drawers. I had some of the cabinets routered and glass inserts added.
I try to keep the island clear with just the cookies.
I always keep my kitchen clutter free - it is not important to me to have a fancy kitchen. I just make basic food for my family homemade soup, tacos (fish, chicken or beef) and pasta and Tollhouse chocolate chip cookies. Therefore I don't need or want a big expensive or fancy kitchen.