Whether you’re sprucing up for company or just trying to maintain a tidy home on the reg, there are several things that can 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 o

This story was originally published at thekitchn.com