An organized kitchen counter. Hello friends! Thank you for following along. If it’s your first time here, thank you for stopping by. My name is Marilie! My husband and I are first-time homeowners and prospective adoptive parents. Back in July 2017, we bought our first house with a blank slate while waiting for the inter-country adoption approval of my two nephews. Between my husband and I, I’m the clean freak and organization is a huge thing for me. Depending on the level of skills needed, I’d always give DIY projects room in my schedule.
Our kitchen is the one room in the house that we don’t use a lot. Well, at least for now. I’ve had not paid attention to this room since we moved in. First, we don’t cook as much as we should do. Second, I’m trying not to remember how dated our kitchen is. Isn’t that terrible? That’s why the kitchen makeover is one of the projects I want to tackle this year. I know this is considered a major renovation that’s why I’m trying hard to do my research about possible DIY. Well, we’ll just see. .. For now, I’m going to focus on how I organized our kitchen counter.
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How did I organize our kitchen counter? Firstly, I remove all the items on the counter leaving it bare. Then, I made sure that every surface is squeaky clean. When organizing kitchen counter, it’s crucial to dive into the details from which organizers to use (sizes, shapes, colors, textures, etc.) and how many items you’d like to stay visible (Hint: Choose only those you use daily to keep it minimal.). Remember, cleaning the kitchen counter while putting back all the items that make the space crowded doesn’t equate to organizing.
My Top 3 Kitchen Counter Organizers
White Decorative Tray with Gold Handles – What not to love on this item? It’s a decorative tray which is an elegant accent piece. I used it to corral the items that I choose to stay visible on the counter. Corraling items is the best way to keep things in one place.
White Decorative Wood Tray with Cutout Handles – This is one of my favorite organizers in the kitchen because of its luxurious look. Although this item is a breakfast serving tray, I’ve always used it as an organizer. It works for me. 🙂
White ceramic vase – I bought this item from Michaels while looking for craft supplies last year. Because of its size, shape, and texture, I found it perfect to organize our kitchen utensils.
If I had this post published last month, I’m sure you’ll see our coffee maker as the highlight of the room. Well, after my trip to the Philippines, I decided to eliminate my caffeine intake slowly. My doctor has been telling me since last year to do this, but apparently, I wasn’t consistent. I mean, how can I cut off my relationship with coffee when I drink three big mugs every morning. Believe it or not, without it, my day is messed up and the lingering headache is unbearable at times. So, here I am doing better without it for two full weeks now. It’s working in progress.
Moving on. ..
Quick and easy tips to keep your kitchen counter organized for good
*Make a habit of keeping the kitchen counter minimal. Always ask yourself, do I need this item on the counter or can I put this in the pantry, drawer or cabinet? Only you can decide what’s essential for you and your family use on a daily basis.
*Avoid the temptation of “I’ll clean up and organize later”. Take action now! One, two, or three items that don’t belong on the space can add up very easily. Doing it right away can only take less than 5-minutes.
*Be flexible. In my case, between previous months and now, I removed the coffee maker on the counter. I tucked it in the pantry. Preferences can change anytime. Make room for new items.
*Let everyone in the family know of your organization goal. It’s so much easier to have your husband, and kids get on board of what you’re doing. Otherwise, you’ll get frustrated when you see that clutter on the counter again. Always work as a team.
*Make an inventory of what you already have. The last thing you want to do is buy new organizers every time you feel like having a new look. Most of the time, the old ones can look brand new with just a coat of paint. I’m not saying be a hoarder but at least keep those that you like the most and organize them so that next time, you need one you know where to find it.
I’ll be the first to admit that when we moved in, I’ve been using the kitchen counter as a drop zone for almost everything. Perhaps I can excuse myself on that because at that time we didn’t have furniture setup yet. We moved into a blank slate house and coming from a small apartment didn’t help. Most of our old furniture was not a good fit in our place now, so we have to buy new ones. Almost a year later, we are still on the hunt for additional furniture, but we are taking our time since we have a strict set budget for interior improvements.
I know there are many organizers available out there that you may prefer when organizing your kitchen counter. What works for my house may not work on yours. What are your favorite organizers? Any other tips to keep a kitchen counter organized for good? I’d love to hear your thoughts. Please leave your comments below.