Bulky appliances, bags of food, and piles of scattered mail can make counters a chaotic mess, leaving little space to prepare food or eat meals. Don’t worry — you can take back control of your counters. Here are seven tips for keeping clutter off your kitchen countertops.
Store Food in Countertop Jars
Countertop jars maximize counter space while still keeping food accessible. These airtight storage containers can store everything from pasta to potato chips and keep bags of snacks and groceries from being strewn over the counter.
Use Hanging Baskets
If your fruit bowl is constantly overflowing, invest in a hanging basket to keep food off the countertop. These baskets are simple to set up and great for keeping fruit and vegetables readily available.
Store Appliances Out of Sight
Keeping frequently used appliances like the coffee maker and toaster on the counter may be convenient, but doing so contributes to clutter. Create space in your cabinets to store your appliances when not in use.
Use a Roll-Up Dish Rack
Roll-up dish racks help free up counter space by eliminating the need for a permanent drying rack. After washing dishes, roll the dish rack out over the sink to let the dishes drain. Once done, simply roll the dish rack up and put it away in an accessible place.
Buy a Mail Basket
Many people’s kitchen countertops are the first thing they see when they walk in the door, which means it attracts anything we need to put down quickly — keys, coins, and mail. Invest in a countertop mailbox to keep all your bills and letters in one place so you don’t misplace any important mail. Use a basket to wrangle everything else that crosses your countertop.
Use the Back of the Pantry Door
An over-the-door rack creates much-needed space in the pantry, which in turn helps keep the countertop clean. These racks couldn’t be easier to install — simply slide them over the back of the door, and they’re ready to go.
Install a Wall Mount for Utensils
Wall mounts are an excellent tool for hanging utensils in easy reach while keeping them off the counter. Simply attach suction cups, wall putty, or a drill and nails to the kitchen tile. You can also invest in a magnetic wall strip for hanging loose knives above the counter.
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