Here are some simple and affordable ways to maximize your countertop space, while still having your everyday needs at your fingertips!
Tray & Basket Organization
Try keeping a tray, wooden platform or shallow basket on your counter that holds your coffee, frequently used spices (salt, pepper, oil, etc.), or serving utensils (wooden spoons, whisks, spatulas, etc). This will allow you to easily remove these items from the kitchen when extra countertop space is need. A well organized tray with your cooking and food prep essentials will keep your counter looking neat and organized. I recommend placing your larger and taller items towards the back of your tray with your smaller items in front.
Too Many Cookbooks
I went and purchased an affordable digital tablet and propped it up near my food prep space. A digital reference library can be much larger and more refined to your family’s cooking and lifestyle needs. I recommend IKEA’s tablet stand to hold your tablet. I purchased one of these recently, and I LOVE it! It’s so versatile. If you find yourself needing to pull out a book, this will also keep the book open for you and off the food prep surface. Wooden features like this in the kitchen will provide warmth and coziness to the space. Did I mention more countertop space? I love cookbooks, don’t get me wrong -- I would never part with mine. I’ve taken my cookbooks and placed them in one of my glass wall cabinets -- still in sight, but out of mind & off my counters!
While some of your smallest appliances can be easily tucked away when not in use, larger items like mixers and coffee makers can aid to your overall aesthetic. I find myself purchasing more and more appliances with copper accents. I love the look of an all white kitchen and copper on my counter. Find a color that you love, and stick to it! Your future self will thank you.
I find it aesthetically appealing to see a clear glass canister full of flour, cookies or coffee. I’ve purchased clear glass canisters and dedicated one to dog treats, coffee grinds, rice and noodles -- the possibilities are endless! Whether you're a baker, coffee/tea drinker or you have a furry friend -- you can use decorative canisters to organize your everyday needs. I recommend keeping a neutral palette with these items -- using clear glass, white, stainless steel or copper! Feeling bold?
Tablet: Amazon Fire
Tablet Stand: Ikea
Shallow Basket: Pottery Barn
Kitchen Tray: Bamboo Serving Tray
Round Kitchen Tray: Wooden Cutting Board/Tray
Large Glass Canister: 1/2 Gallon Canister
Copper Mixer: KitchenAid
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