How to Keep Your Kitchen Counters Organized

For many people, the kitchen is the heart of their home.

I know it certainly is for us!

tidy and organized kitchen counters in an all white kitchen with flowers

How to Keep Your Kitchen Counters Organized

That’s why it’s so important to keep this central space under control.

Today we’re talking about practical tips to keep your kitchen counters organized.

Kitchen counter organizing ideas to get you motivated…

Hopefully these ideas and organization tips will make your home life a little easier.

Whether cooking a meal or simply grabbing a midnight snack, people spend SO much time in their kitchens.

As a result, kitchens and kitchen counters in particular, tend to house a lot of stuff!

Regardless of how large your kitchen is, it’s so easy for it to get cluttered and messy.

Kitchen counters are almost always the place where junk mail and other various things get dropped, left and often forgotten.

This unwanted clutter can quickly build up.

If you’re anything like me, too much of this “stuff” and visual clutter starts to weigh on you.

You don’t want to ever deal with a pile of miscellaneous stuff on your kitchen counter.

In an ideal world, the kitchen should always be neat and tidy.

This allows you to quickly be able to get to the important tasks at hand -like putting away groceries or cooking a meal.

A clean and organized kitchen simply makes your life so much easier.

Fortunately, a clear kitchen countertop is easy to achieve.

It just takes a few daily habits to keep things organized.

These are a few tips and tricks that work best for keeping your counters clear and your kitchen pristine.

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A Place for Everything…

The thing about kitchen gadgets and accessories is that they are so much fun – as a result, they accumulate quickly!

This can lead to a space issue that keeps you from being able to stay organized.

Fortunately, there’s a great way to combat this.

Before you bring anything new into your kitchen, ask yourself where it will go?

If you have a complete setup for your kitchen cabinets that accommodates everything but doesn’t give you much extra space you’ll need to ask yourself how much value this gadget will add to your kitchen.

Of course, if you have a small kitchen, there are some clever ways to maximize your cabinet space.

Floating shelves can give you some more space to store small items.

Wire racks give your pots, pans, and other cooking utensils a home without taking up any cabinet space.

Also, love the idea of one of these magnetic knife strips.

If you do need more cabinet space (and really who doesn’t) inside cabinet shelves can give you many more options.

Hanging rods for towels, jars for ingredients, and pretty trays for grouping things you often use together are all also great ways to maximize your counter space.

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Put Everything Away

It sounds so simple, but it’s true.

One of the best ways to keep your kitchen clean and organized is to stay on top of stuff and put things away, every day.

If you have a place for everything, it makes kitchen cleanup SO quick and easy.

At the end of every day, it’s a good practice to clear out the sink and the drying rack, wipe down the counters, and generally tidy up the kitchen.

If this is something you do on a daily basis, it only takes a few minutes, and it also makes it so much easier to keep your kitchen counters organized.

How to Keep Your Kitchen Counters Organized

Minimize Counter Kitchen Items

There are some things that just need to live on the counter.

Limit your countertop space to only items which require easy access.

Small appliances like a coffee maker, toaster ovens and mixers, certain utensils like cutting boards or a knife block a holder for paper towels need to be easy to grab.

In addition, I always like to include a utensil holder next to the stove.

This is not only convenient, but it can free up some much needed drawer space.

But if you find that you have extra space or something that you rarely use, try to find a spot for it off of the counter.

Minimize Counter Items

Clutter-Free Kitchen Conclusion

Whether your kitchen is your favorite part of your home or it’s just where your food happens to live, keeping it clean, clutter free and organized makes a huge difference to your overall home, not to mention your state of mind!

Still want more organization ideas?

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  1. Sue wrote:

    Hi Sue – Hello from Marshfield, MA! I love your blog and have been visiting for awhile. Quick question – I always love the pics of your kitchen and your arrangement of ginger jars on the round wooden cheese board is fabulous. May I ask where you purchased it? I would love to find a similar one to display a few things on my island. Thank you!

    Published on 5.1.20 · Reply
    • Sue De Chiara wrote:

      Thanks so much! It’s a Boos Block from Sur La Table!

      Published on 5.2.20 · Reply
  2. Overzetdak wrote:

    Was looking for this quite a time. Thanks for sharing it.

    Published on 1.21.20 · Reply