5 Simple Ways to Keep Your Kitchen Counters Clutter-Free

When helping a client declutter their kitchen, the question I get asked the most is “How do I keep my counters clear?” It’s really painless and once you begin to implement these 5 simple ways to keep your kitchen counters clutter-free, you’ll never have to worry about it again.

Kitchen Counters Clutter-Free

Kitchen Counters Clutter-Free

The first tip is to only keep items on the counters that you use daily. If you don’t use something everyday, find another place to store it and bring it out only when you need it. Now you’ll need to create a “station” for the items you use each day. If you drink coffee or tea, create a beverage station with coffee, sweetener and anything else you may use. Place all of these items on a tray to make sure you put it back in the correct place when you are done.

The second tip is to consider using the space under your cabinets and your backsplash for storage. If your cabinets and pantry are too full to add additional items, think about hanging mugs, spices, etc. under the cabinets. There are many attractive ways to display items under your cabinets. You can even hang cooking utensils or knives from the backsplash.

The third tip is to look up. If space is really tight, you can store items on top of your cabinets. Pretty baskets can hold extra linens, baking supplies and seasonal or holiday items.

The fourth tip is to create a paper collecting station. Place a tray on the counter to collect any papers that enter the kitchen. When you have time later that evening, go over the papers in the tray and deal with them accordingly. This tip will greatly reduce the amount of paper that accumulates on the counter.

The fifth and final tip is to store items in your kitchen where you usually use them. If you have items available to you where you need them, it will be easier to put them back because you don’t have to walk across the room to return them. Click here to read more about organizing your kitchen using zones. This is the system I use whenever organizing a kitchen.

If you follow these 5 simple ways to keep your kitchen counters clutter-free,  you’ll be able to prepare meals quicker and keep your kitchen clean at the same time! 🙂

How do you keep your kitchen counters free of clutter?

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10 thoughts on “5 Simple Ways to Keep Your Kitchen Counters Clutter-Free

  1. Judith says:

    I have a small rack from Office Max where all the paper goes. I also use it to hold current coupons and take out menus. I clean it out weekly while I read the Sunday paper (more coupons).
    I also have a large flat circular basket where I put things like winter squash, avocados, tomatoes – anything not being refrigerated. I try to arrange them so they look decorative.
    Having clean counters makes it so much more fun to cook!

  2. Kelly @RaisingSamuels says:

    This is such great advice! I am always going around my kitchen to get stuff off the counters. It drives me crazy! Thanks for sharing with #SocialButterflySunday! Hope to see you link up again this week 🙂

  3. Charlene Asay says:

    I store things on the top of my cabinets and it helps so much. Thanks for all these other great tips. Thanks for joining us at Family Joy Blog Link up Party as well. Have a wonderful week.

  4. Marla says:

    I love the idea of having a paper tray. For me, that’s the hardest thing to keep under control. I get so much mail and paperwork, that it’s hard to keep organized. I am thinking of getting a cork board so I can put important things, like gift certificates and appointment cards in view rather than in a pile. I think that will help with the clutter.

    • SimpLeighOrganized says:

      Hi Marla! The tray should work nicely for you. It will definitely cut down the “paper spread” in the kitchen. 🙂 The cork board is a great idea. I tend to use my calendar to keep track of appointments and put the gift cards in my purse so I can use them when I’m out and about. Thanks so much for commenting!

  5. Runwright says:

    Great tips. I especially like the one about keeping things where you use them so it’s easier to put them away when you’re done with them.
    Hope you had a great Christmas. I am still trying to put away the mess of the holidays 🙂

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