We offer quality stone countertops that will make your kitchen beautiful for years to come. But what good is a quality countertop if it’s so cluttered you can’t use it, much less enjoy the look and feel? Today we’d like to share some tips for organizing your kitchen counters so they stay as functional as they are beautiful.
Step 1: Make Time
You don’t need a lot of time to keep your counters clear, but you do need to make it a regular habit. Set aside 5-10 minutes every day to put everything back in its home. This can be a great job to get kids involved because it’s short and simple. It will also help them to know where everything is in the kitchen for when they’re ready to start learning to cook!
Step 2: Make Sure Everything has a home.
Now that you know you have time in your schedule to put everything away, you need to take a minute to find places for everything. Be strict about what actually gets to live out on the countertop and utilize as much cabinet space as possible. This will take some time but will be completely worth it in the long run. Follow these tips to make your organization a success:
- If you don’t use it at least twice a week, it doesn’t need to be on the counter.
- Zone your cabinets to fit your needs. The main zones of any kitchen include prepping, cooking, dining, food storage, and cleaning. These can be broken down into smaller zones such as small appliances, cooking utensils, serving dishes, or Tupperware. Use labels so everyone knows where things go.
- Install undercabinet storage for small items you’d like to have on hand, but tend to clutter up the counters. Hooks work great for coffee mugs or some cooking utensils. Undercabinet baskets can hold produce or other small items.
- Invest in good containers and other organizational products. Stacking shelves make more room for plates and bowls, clear tubs hold pantry items together, and Spice racks make sure you don’t have to dig through drawers to get what you need.
Step 3: Check-in
Even the best systems need to be touched up from time to time. Maybe you got a new appliance as a gift and it didn’t fit in your appliance garage. Perhaps your pantry has gotten out of control and now boxes of cereal have a semi-permanent home on the counter. Schedule an afternoon every 6 months or so to do a deep declutter and see if any of your systems need to be redone. Put it on the family calendar and get everyone involved!
Do you have any good tips for organizing kitchen countertops? Share them with us here!