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I’m a big fan of Mrs. Meyer’s cleaning products, which are all-natural and smell great (I especially love the geranium-scented countertop spray).  Unlike many other household cleaning products, they are chemical-free and won’t leave you with a headache once you’re done using them. They are also safe to use around children and pets. I recently found out that they also make a candle–it comes in geranium, lavender, and lemon verbena. The candles are made from vegatable wax and come in a cute jelly jar that you can reuse as a juice glass. Light them while you’re cleaning or just hanging out. I know which one I’ll be ordering! $9,99; mrsmeyers.com.

If you’re looking to spruce up your kitchen, an easy way can be updating your refrigerator door décor. I’ve seen everything from using chalkboard paint to create an interactive writing surface for kids, to using flowery contact paper for a vintage look. But the simplest solution is often just some funky magnets. I love these super strong zipper magnets by Amalia Versaci Design. They come in sets of six in shades of blue, green, orange, and purple. They’d also make a great gift, as the designer ships them in a cute box with wrapped in a vintage zipper tape ribbon. $18; etsy.com.

I’ve always admired this line of modern wire baskets available only at MoMA (Museum of Modern Art), and now the online shop is currently having a 50% off sale. The basket is made by Alessi and comes in a red (in a square shape), or yellow (in a round shape). It’s perfect for fruit. You could also use it as a bread basket, or even line it with a towel and fill it with tortilla chips.  It would be a bright, sophisticated touch to any kitchen counter top. $39.95 (the usual price is $85) at moma.org.

I usually use my microwave to keep track of cooking times, but there’s something much more satisfying about using an actual kitchen timer. Maybe it’s that the ring is less jarring than the mechanical beep of the microwave. Not long ago a friend of mine bought this old-fashioned vintage timer, and not only is it a funky kitchen gadget that looks great on the fridge (it’s magnetic), but it has a nice ring to it, too! It comes in four colors: light blue, red, black, and yellow. $10.95 at wrapables.com.

Sur La Table Colander

A friend of mine sent me one of these mini colanders as a gift, and it’s become one of my favorite things. It comes in a variety of colors–I have the turquoise. It’s also easy to store (which is great if you have a small kitchen like me) and doesn’t take up much space in your sink.  I find that the only time I need to use my big colander now is with big heaps of pasta or when I am washing greens or veggies in bulk. $7.95 at Sur La Table.