I always say that my kitchen is the workhorse of my home! If you are like me, kitchen counter space is precious. Have you ever cleared everything off your counters and thoughtfully decided put back only what you need before adding anything else? Kitchen counters need to work for you and not just be places to decorate or put lots of clutter or small appliances! I’m clearing mine off and sharing the process of making my kitchen counters work for me. I believe a kitchen can be both functional and fabulous!
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Whether your kitchen is tiny or expansive, countertops seem to fill up quickly! And countertops are a precious commodity! Let’s make and keep those countertops free of excess kitchen items and clutter.
First, ask yourself some questions to determine how you use your counters. Do people in your household drink coffee or tea? Do you like to bake? Is your kitchen used for something other than traditional kitchen activity? Do you avoid cooking at almost all costs?
We need to make “stations” on our countertops for the way we use our kitchen.
We are big coffee drinkers at StoneGable. So it is important to us to use part of our countertop for a coffee station. We chose the countertop nearest the breakfast nook and close to our mugs.
I took everything off the counter and here’s how it looked. Pretty plain!!! I did not take away the Daily Grind sign or the mug rack. But you get the idea. While the counter was empty I have it a good scrub and oiled it with mineral oil because the counters are soapstone.
Back came one thing at a time. First the coffee maker then the galvanized tray and galvanized tins that hold our K-cups.
That looks better. And I even had a little room on the tray to add a pretty pitcher of white tulips!
Okay, my coffee station is in place, and it is not only very functional it’s also fabulous!!!! This counter is mostly used to get down dishes from the cabinets above. Once in awhile, when we are not expecting family or overnight guest or company I do add another little decoration to the counter. But it can be whisked away easily to make more room for drinks!
Nothing else goes on this countertops. It is now fabulous and functional and I want it to stay that way!!!!
You can do this too! Start with one countertop and decide if and what “station” needs to go there. Add all the functional things first and then… only then… if you have room add a little embellishment! And DO NOT let anything else sneak and creep back on to that counter!
The countertop on the other side of the sink was next! Even though we have a dishwasher (to the right of the sink) I still handwash some pots, pan, etc. And I use the countertop for drying the dishes. It was important to me to keep this counter empty.
Big glass jars filled with flour, sugar, and granola to play double duty there. They are functional and also fabulous and they don’t get in the way of my dish drying area! The breadbox is used for …. bread!!!! Again, it’s out of the way, hides a phone and looks… you got it… fabulous!
Occasionally I do put a plant or a vase of flowers there that are easy to take away when I wash dishes.
The third station in my kitchen is my cooktop station. Here it is cleared off. As you can see the countertops are small so I have to make the very most of them.
I use the left side of the counter to keep cooking oils and salts and pepper. I found a very interesting galvanized farmhouse container to keep them all neatly in!
On the other side of the stove, I keep a big pitcher of wooden spoons and a fun spoon rest. This area stays free from any other kind of clutter! I went vertical to make the most of this space and add a little plant!
The last station in my kitchen is my prep station aka the kitchen island. It’s so well located!!!! I usually stand a the end of the counter to prep all my food. Can you see the floormat? It really saves my legs!
My kitchen counter can be a real magnet for clutter if I’m not careful! This is where I spend much of my time. If my island is messy I am too!
I try to keep the decorations on it to a minimum. And if I do decorate, I use the end far end of the counter!
Did you notice that none of my small appliances are out on the counters? I don’t use my toaster or stand mixer or juicer or food processor or tea kettle every day. I have enough cabinet space to stow them out of sight. I don’t mind getting them out when I need them.
I do use my blender almost every day to make a breakfast smoothie, but I choose to grab it out of the cabinet and put it away when I’m done.
You will need to decide if you want appliances on your countertops. If you don’t have the cabinet space the counter might be your only place to keep them. Remember to keep them neat!
Just keep in mind, they are real space hogs and do tend to make a kitchen look cluttered.
Here are 3 rules to remember to keep your kitchen countertops functional and fabulous:
- Create “stations” on your counters
- Nothing on the counters that don’t belong there
- What you get out, put away
Now, go make your kitchen fabulous and functional!!!!
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