Kitchen counters/worktops/countertops/work surfaces (whatever you call them!) are a hive of activity most days – so keeping them clutter free may feel like an uphill struggle. But no more! – I’ve looked all over to bring you the best ways to declutter your kitchen surfaces more easily – and with style.
In general I like to keep my kitchen counters as empty as possible.
I’m not a minimalist by any means, but it just makes things easier to have more work space to, well, work!
I don’t want the work surface to get cluttered by day to day paper piles, in progress household projects, homework and school stuff, and SO much more that really need to be put somewhere else!
NOTE TO SELF: Paperwork is NOT a kitchen item!
And although a completely clear worktop would be nice, there will ALWAYS be items that need to be housed on the surfaces, including things like: –
- Toaster, Kettle – and any other larger appliances used daily
- Knife block
- Chopping boards
- Some utensils
- Some condiments
- Wine bottle…
So how can we keep kitchen counters looking good, AND feeling more clutter-free?
The answer lies in the ideas and inspiration below, and I hope at least one of these options works in your home for how you live (because, let’s face it – we’re all different!).
Let’s go, shall we….
CREATIVE WAYS TO KEEP KITCHEN COUNTERS CLUTTER FREE…
#1 – USE LAYERS
The best way to maximise ANY space is to use the height of the space as well as the available width and depth – and that holds true for kitchen surfaces as well.
Yes, you need to have SOME stuff out on the worktop, but if you can take up the least amount of surface area while doing so – it will feel so much more clutter free.
And that’s where layers come in!
Just as you often see in kitchen cupboards – you can get use steps/shelves to maximise that vertical space: –
or what about using that tiered cake stand year-round?…
#2 – USE CONTAINERS
Yes, it’s an easy one – but we often forget that easy is still just as good!
Although not technically making the space more clutter-free (in fact, adding to it with the container) – it gives the FEEL of being more organised, because you are only giving things a certain amount of space.
Plus – it’s a lot easier to move a container around when you need to clean or use the space for a while…
TIP – Always choose a container that’s big enough for what you want to store in it, but not overly large for the space. And pick a style that works for your kitchen so you enjoy using it.
#3 – USE A LAZY SUSAN
A lazy susan is one of the best organising bits of kit ever invented, in my opinion!
It makes the clutter that we have on show much more easy to grab – instead of having to reach behind lots of other things and probably toppling stuff in the process…
Or you could go for a double tiered one if you have more vertical space to use (because that will clear some of the flat surface too, just like #1 in this list!): –
#4 – USE A TRAY
A tray is a fantastic way to contain items that are needed on show but also need to be moved easily too.
Moving items is required for cleaning more quickly – and when you are cooking and need more workspace – and a tray with handles makes moving everything SO easy!
#5 – CREATE A PLACE FOR NOTES
I’ve seriously lost count of the number of notes that appear on our kitchen island.
It makes sense to leave notes on there, because everyone is more likely to see them in a place they will visit regularly – but it looks messy!
I LOVE LOVE LOVE the idea of creating a message centre that is still visible, looks fantastic, and is fun to use….
#6 – USE HOOKS
A hook is ALWAYS a good idea for kitchen clutter organising!
You could use them in so many ways to take things off the surfaces: –
- Add to the side of a lower cupboard to house tea towels and cloths
- Use on the wall to hang utensils
- Use inside cupboard doors to keep things accessible but out of the way
#7 – WALL MOUNT INSTEAD OF WORKTOP
Love this idea for a fruit bowl (or for veg!) – one of the things that clutters a LOT of kitchen work surfaces, but one that’s still vital to have out so that we are reminded to eat lots of healthy stuff!
#8 – HIDE BEHIND DOORS
With those kitchen appliances that are bulky and feel like clutter in a lot of kitchens, I love this idea to streamline them more.
If I were to redesign my kitchen, I would look to add an option like this definitely!: –
#9 – USE SHELVES
Using shelves takes things off the worktops, but still keeps them handy, if you like the more open look.
It’s kind of like adding more work surfaces!
WHY NOT TRY SOME OF THESE IN YOUR OWN KITCHEN? IT’S A QUICK DIY PROJECT THAT COULD MAKE ALL THE DIFFERENCE…
I’ve given you loads of ideas and inspiration to try in your own home – but I don’t want to leave you there!
To help you even more, if you’re looking for anything specific from the ideas above, I’ve gathered them together below – so just click on the images for more details: –
You can find out more about any of the items below by simply clicking the picture – where you’ll be taken to the shop it’s sold in. All links are affiliate links – which means that I get a commission if you make a purchase, at no cost to you of course.
There you go – loads of creative ideas to make your kitchen counters clutter free!
I can’t wait to hear how you get on, as I’m sure there’s at least one new idea in this selection that will really change how useful this space is for you and your family.
I think the main takeaway here would be to use vertical space as much as possible, rather than fill the available space on every surface (as we are so accustomed to do!).