Do you find it difficult to efficiently use your kitchen for actual cooking and meal preparation? With cluttered countertops, it is hard to access and locate all the different items you need. A neat and organized kitchen will help you efficiently prepare your meals. Let these 19 kitchen counter organization ideas inspire you to create a beautifully organized kitchen!
Before You Start Organizing, Declutter Your Kitchen Counters
Kitchens are crucial parts in a home, vulnerable to dirt caused by spilled drinks or splattered sauces, oils, or other meal ingredients. Clutter and dust also lurk around the corner. Especially the kitchen appliances placed on countertops you don’t often use will collect ample dust over time.
The first thing I recommend for kitchen countertop organization is to declutter by removing everything on your counters. Yes, that means even removing your coffeemaker, the dish soap, and all the bottles of cooking liquids you probably use daily.
Clean Your Kitchen Counters Before Organizing Them
After decluttering, you will have clear access to your countertops, and this is the perfect time to give them a good cleaning. Here are some things you’ll need:
- Rags/Paper Towels
- Microfiber Extendable Duster (optional)
- Multi-Purpose Cleaner
- Glass Cleaner
- Specialty Cleansers (for stainless steel, granite, wood, etc.)
If you come across food items, separate the expired items from the unexpired items. And if you’re really excited to get some work done, you may want to deep clean your complete kitchen including your cabinets and drawers.
Sorting And Grouping Same Category Items Together
Once you’ve cleaned and wiped dry all the countertops, the next step is to arrange the remaining items on the countertops. You can separate the kitchen appliances and consider grouping them according to the role they play in the kitchen. They include items like your blender, toaster, cups, plates, dishcloths, ice cream makers, spoons, pans, and pots.
Sorting and grouping the kitchen appliances and utensils might seem a time-consuming process, but it is crucial and quite essential in decluttering your kitchen counters. Items placed together based on functionality or usage are easier to locate. This will save you time in the long run. You may consider arranging your plates and bowls next to your dishwasher; and you can store your cups and mugs next to your refrigerator or coffeemaker and your pots and pans in the lower, more sturdy cabinets or drawers.
19 Beautiful And Creative Kitchen Counter Organization Ideas
Now over to the fun part! Organizing the remaining items you want to keep displaying on your kitchen counters will be less difficult if you have some inspiration.
Kitchen Counter Organizing Idea: Wire Baskets
These wire baskets help you organize and store kitchen necessities or food that may easily appear cluttered otherwise. Wire baskets help create beautiful and attractive countertops. You may use the wire baskets to store your fruits such as oranges, melons or apples and as well to store your vegetables.
For a better-organized kitchen in general you may also consider adding these wire baskets beneath your kitchen sink to add storage space in your under-the-sink-cabinet. Here you will find many more under the kitchen sink organizing ideas.
One of the best kitchen organization ideas is to use vertical space. If you have a bare kitchen wall, you may consider fixing a few of these wire baskets on your kitchen wall. For example to store your bottles of cooking liquids, that otherwise will create sticky stains on your kitchen countertops.
And what about these wire baskets that will become stackable when you pull in the handles? This way, you’ll make way better use of your valuable counter space by going vertical instead of horizontal.
Kitchen Counter Organizing Idea: Lazy Susan
This Lazy Suzan provides an excellent storage and organization solution to your kitchen items of regular use. There are in-built segmented places to help you in placing spices or oil containers comfortably. The raised edge prevents the different containers from falling out when the organizer is rotated.
When you have an eye-catching countertop like this marble one, a transparent Lazy Suzan may be the better option. This way your organizing solution doesn’t compromise the sleek design of the countertop.
If you need more storage space, this two-tier Lazy Suzan may be exactly what you’re looking for. Especially the sealed first layer is a nice touch, to store small items out of view.
And when you’re looking for a sleek designed Lazy Suzan, this stainless steel version might do very well. This material is perfect for a countertop, since it may catch an occasional drop of moisture.
Kitchen Counter Organizing Idea: Wooden Boxes
One of the best kitchen counter organization ideas: wooden boxes! This wooden box can be used for storing freshly baked bread on your countertop. The streamlined design will fit into many kitchen designs and will provide every countertop with a natural touch.
These rustic wooden boxes are perfect to organize your spices or other small items on your countertop. It fits perfectly in a modern designed kitchen, I really like the combination of a sleek design with a vintage touch.
If you want to add some color to your kitchen counter, this painted wooden box is a lovely accessory. Place two or three of these same boxes together and you have a nice tableau. You can either store cutlery, utensils, napkins, bottles of cooking liquids or even small plants in it.
Organizing bigger utensils is often an extra challenge. If you don’t want to store those in your kitchen drawer, this wooden utensil caddy may be a good solution. This way, you’ll save valuable space on your countertop.
Kitchen Counter Organizing Idea: Double Your Display Surface
Have you inherited your grandmother’s vintage tea set? This two-tier corner kitchen storage shelf will provide a nice display solution for such an heirloom.
By the way: read this article on decluttering family heirlooms if you don’t want to keep it!
This kitchen counter organizing solution combines using the vertical space and doubling the display surface at the same time. A win-win combination, am I right? The shelf is great if you want to organize your plates, cups, bowls, etc. The easy sliding design of the shelves is both attractive and beneficial. By adjusting the shelves, you can personalize the storage area and use it as per your need.
The adjustable shelf also fits perfectly in a kitchen cabinet. Check this article for more kitchen cabinet organizing ideas.
Do you need a lot of fresh vegetables or fruit placed on an easily accessible spot in your kitchen and do you want something other than the more classic fruit bowl? This two-tier wooden box storage solution may work for you. If you’ve run out of veggies and fruits, you may also use the boxes to store napkins, dish towels, bottles of wine, or bottles of cooking liquids.
Kitchen Counter Organizing Idea: Presentation Platters
Presentation is everything…If you group items together, it already looks different and more organized. This rustic wood platter is perfect to create a serene presentation tableau.
Another wooden presentation platter on metal legs, is this beauty. You can present your soaps, detergents and dish washing sponges in a neat and organized matter.
Kitchen Counter Organizing Idea: Over the Sink Dish Drying Rack
These dish drying racks are divided into different parts and can be fitted over the sink instead of on top of a kitchen counter. It saves you valuable counter space. The mechanism lets the extra water drip back into the sink, but you can also store pots, dishes, bowls, etc in the separate sections. This drying rack is very useful if you don’t have large kitchen counters. The assemblage takes negligible time and effort.
Now, go on…start organizing those kitchen counters!
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