Organizing in Small Spaces: The Kitchen Counter Tops

by Katie on January 30, 2013

Our kitchen is one of the busiest rooms of our house.  Since we love to cook and bake as a family and often do so from scratch, we spend a fair amount of time together utilizing this room to its full potential.

I have one general rule of organization for the kitchen – less is always more. From counter tops to cabinets, I work to streamline the items in our kitchen to the ones that are used the most often on a consistent basis.  I have found that it is much more productive for me to have extra space than to have extra items in the kitchen.

For starters, I am not a fan of having cluttered counter tops.  When the counters are clear and I have plenty of space to work with, I am able to accomplish much more with my time in the kitchen.  So, I tend to only keep the items we use most often on our counter tops:

  • Our inbox basket – for mail coming in and out of the house, important items that must be accomplished before the end of the day, and blank paper for messages and “to do” notes
  • Charging dock for our cell phones
  • Coffee maker (can’t function without that one!)
  • Knife block

Aside from a candle and a few knick knacks, the rest of my “necessities” (can opener, toaster, mixer, etc.) are all stowed away in either a cabinet or in my pantry.  They are easily accessible, but are not taking up space on my counters.

Tomorrow I’ll be highlighting how I organize the remainder of our kitchen, and the routine I have in place to keep it organized (that’s the real challenge!).

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Lynn January 31, 2013 at 10:49 am

Love this. I have the same issue and just started reorganizing my kitchen. I bought a letter holder with key hooks from for the wall to get all my papers off the counter. Just ordered a new home phone (still have one!) that can hang on the wall, so ai can get that off the counter as well. I have a phone charge holder that screws into the outlet for my hubby, but can’t remember where I got it to purchase another for me!


gardenpat January 31, 2013 at 10:51 pm

It may be different for everyone, but if I don’t keep certain time/money saving appliances on my counter top, I won’t take them out to use! My Foodsaver vacuum sealer, my Kitchenaid mixer, my wheat grinder! I use those every day and feel like what I give up in counter space I more than make up for in convenience!


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