Recently I shared this picture on Instagram and repetitively got the question, “How Do you keep away kitchen counter clutter”??
I love having a kitchen that feels clean and clutter free, and I thought that I would share my secrets on how I keep them looking this way most of the time. If you feel like clutter is taking over your kitchen, here’s a few ideas on how to minimize! **post contains affiliate links**
- Keep Knives in a drawer, rather than in a knife block. If you’re not a fan of knives just dropped in a drawer like mine are, you could always get one of these in-drawer knife blocks.
- Utensils in a drawer, rather than in a caddy on the countertop. Although I have been eyeing up this caddy and it’s pretty enough that I don’t think I’d mind it on my counter.
- Store Small Appliances in cabinets. I love my Kitchen-aid mixer, but I don’t love how much space it takes up. I’ve always dedicated an entire lower cabinet to storing it tucked away. In our next house I’d love to install one of these appliance lifts so that I wouldn’t have to be lifting it out of the cabinet all the time.
- Minimize Appliances- I love bread makers, rice cookers, deep fryers, ice cream makers, and popcorn poppers, but I’ve decided for the sake of minimalism and simplicity I’d rather do without these appliances. I will say that I do have a crockpot and I’ve really been considering a InstantPot, but I won’t get one without making sure I have a place in the cabinets to store it first. Here’s how I do without these small appliances:
- Bread can be made in the oven
- I cook rice in a pot on the stovetop
- I use my Dutch Oven for deep frying
- Ice cream gets made with my KitchenAid ice cream attachment
- Popcorn gets popped on the stovetop
- Spices in a Drawer- I shared this post a LONG time ago on how I organized and store my spices, and this method is still going strong.
- Paper Towel holder on a Cabinet Door- This is the paper towel holder that I have attached under our kitchen sink. Please don’t judge the disaster that is my cleaning supplies!
- Garbage in a cabinet- This is the third house now that we have installed this pull out garbage can in. I know this isn’t “countertop clutter”, but by not having a trashcan exposed it keeps the kitchen feeling clean and open.
- Ensure Mail and Paper Have a Home- As quick as mail comes into the house, I sort out the garbage and then put anything that needs to be handled in this basket with my “office”. Then once a week I go through the basket and pay the bills and handle the papers. Then they either get filed in the black bin on the bottom left, stored temporarily in the wire basket, or trashed.
- Display Kids Art in a Designated Place- In our Mudroom I have this Ikea Dignitet wire hung for school art and drawings.
- Purge Often- In order to have enough cabinet and drawer space for all of these things, I try not to let other things take over the cabinets. I keep two water bottles for each kid, two of my favorite iced coffee cups, and two of the water bottles that Matt and I use. I stick to my neutral white plates and mostly neutral bowls and platters. I do hold onto my Grandma’s china, but to me it’s worth the space it takes up.
This system isn’t perfect, but it’s allowed me to fit everything tucked away in our kitchen, even when we had this little kitchen with barely any storage! I will be honest with you, this is the shot that never gets shared on Instagram or the blog! It’s my hidden storage spot! This is where I keep our microwave, coffee maker, and griddle. Its’ still not cluttered, but not as clear as the rest of the kitchen. If I were desiging a kitchen from scratch I’d create an under the counter spot for the microwave, and a cabinet that fits the skillet. The coffee maker would live on the countertop no matter what!
Now you know my dirty little storage secret! Thanks a ton for stopping by today! I hope this post inspired you to clear your kitchen counters and gave you some kitchen storage ideas!