The kitchen is the hub of the home, and it can be a haven if we stress-proof it. Kitchen pros tell us how to organize work areas, and this gives us more time to kick back. Clear the countertops! Stash items in the pantry, cupboards, or even a crate. Bring out small appliances and utensils only as you use them. Anything that hasn’t been used in a week can stay out of sight. Ditching heavy window treatments opens up space. When natural light flows into your kitchen, it’ll make you feel more productive and mentally alert. Let me tell you what some of my neighborhood friends do: Reba Studebaker groups items she uses every day in decoupaged ceramic flower pots so that she can grab them fast. Mary Alice Tallmadge has open shelves because she likes the fresh, modern look and doesn’t have to wonder where things are. Janessa Breckenridge created a message center with a corkboard with a calendar pinned on next to a blackboard, used to writes down dates, grocery lists, and reminders. I stretch my space by attaching (with hot glue) ordinary clothespins to the side of a cabinet to hold small plastic pots of living rosemary, oregano, and parsley.