Let’s be honest, the kitchen counter is one area that can become a catch-all, clutter-packed space. Here are 3 quick tips to declutter your kitchen counters.
Have you ever looked at your kitchen counters and thought, “I really need some more counter space!”? Perhaps you have even thought a good deep clean would be nice, but you’re not sure where to begin.
Well, you’re in the right place because we have a few practical tips that will help you declutter your kitchen counters today, and keep them clear.
3 Quick Tips to Declutter Your Kitchen Counters
Kitchen counters are a valuable space to have. They are used for storing cooking gadgets, cooking prep, and keeping condiments organized.
On the other hand, they are also magnets for all the other things that eventually lead to clutter. Use our quick tips below to clear up the clutter and have the space you desire.
Quick Tip #1: Take everything off your counter.
In order to see what space you actually have, it’s good to get everything off your countertops. Don’t worry about trying to do anything with your stuff just yet.
The main focus is to get it cleared and cleaned. Use a good all-purpose cleaner or whip up your own using a mix of white vinegar, water, and lemon essential oil (or the juice of a fresh lemon).
Quick Tip #2: Decide what you want to keep on your counter.
Now it’s time to look at all the stuff you took off your counter. But before you start placing things back on it, have in mind what you’d like to use this space for.
Depending on what you choose, less could be more. To give you a few ideas of what to keep on your counter tops, consider items such as:
- The coffeemaker.
- A fruit basket.
- A utensils caddy filled with the most used cooking utensils.
- A dish rack.
For the things you don’t commonly use, find another place to store them. If you don’t really use them at all, then consider donating, selling, or throwing them away.
Quick Tip #3: Adjust the “keep” items.
Now that you’ve decided what you’d like to keep on your counter, it’s time to give them a permanent (or semi-permanent) place. Whatever you choose, make sure it stays in its new home after each use (depending on what it is).
For the unused items consider areas like underneath the counter, the pantry, or a closet close by. The key is to not clutter up another area with the things you’re not using as much.
Quick Tips for Keeping Kitchen Counters Clear
Now that you’ve gotten the counter tops clear, let’s talk about a few ways to keep them that way. For starters, set a few ground rules for where things go. Make sure everyone in the home is familiar with the new look and where other non-visible items have been placed.
Be clear about what to do with dish rags, dry towels, cleaned dishes, and so on. These things can sometimes add to the clutter as well.
If necessary, add storage solutions to help keep things organized. Hanging baskets, shelving units for the wall, hooks, and magnet strips are just a few things that can be used for medium to small sized items.
You could always add pantry and under-the-counter storage to help keep those areas nice and tidy as well.
With your newly cleaned and decluttered kitchen counters, it’s time to tackle another part of your home. Check out our other posts to help you do just that!