Tuesday, February 23rd, 2010

Organizing Kitchen Countertops with The Kitchen Designer


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by Susan Serra, The Kitchen Designer

Organize your kitchen countertops!

First, take a good, hard look (with eyes squinting preferably) at your kitchen counters. I’ll tell you what is most likely living on them. Surely, small appliances may occupy several spots on the counter. I would not be surprised to see that pile of mail in another spot. Perhaps utensils, bottles, cookbooks, even what were supposed to be decorative items are most likely here and there.
You need a plan, a logical plan with a twist of creativity to it, so let’s take the first step. You already know what I’m going to say, and you’d be right: Clear off the counters. Take everything off and put it all on the kitchen table. Next? CLEAN the counters really well. All cleaned? Great!
Group the pieces into like items on your kitchen table. Put aside the items that were meant to go back to their original home-out of the kitchen. Look at the rest of the pieces in terms of proportion/size, color and type of items. Here are some ideas to arrange things anew:
1. Group small appliances together for convenience.
2. Do the opposite – surround an otherwise uninteresting small appliance with decorative objects: baskets, pottery, a vase, any decorative piece that you wish to have nearby.
3. Get lovely crockery to put utensils in – handy and organized. Better yet, group together like utensils.
4. Store bowls near mixers, coffee cups near coffee makers.
5. To somewhat disguise a toaster oven, stand up cookbooks on one side and crockery on another side.
6. Take a close look at your theme – do you have a modern toaster and sculptural bread box with country/froufrou? Time to squint your eyes once again and focus on your theme…is it eclectic or a single style?
Keep that in mind when organizing items.
7. The mail – look for lidded baskets or other types of containers and…


Susan Serra Associates, Inc. has designed kitchen interiors and other rooms for nearly 20 years in the Long Island/NY metro area. She is also the author of The Kitchen Designer blog.

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Hi, I'm Becky. I live in Atlanta. Besides acting as the Editorial Director here on Hatch, you can find me talking design over at Houzz. Make me happy — leave a comment!

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  1. liza says:

    February 23rd, 2010 at 3:27 pm (#)

    This is great. Easy and not overwhelming! Thank you!

  2. Joseph says:

    February 24th, 2010 at 5:57 am (#)

    Your advice on how to organize a kitchen is excellent, but it does not touch on one of the more fundamental problems in life. Felix always marries Oscar.

  3. Susan Serra says:

    February 24th, 2010 at 1:06 pm (#)

    liza, glad it’s helpful!

    Joseph, you’re describing my marriage. My husband just declared to me not ten minutes ago, “I love cleaning.” You see, I know this stuff in theory… 😉

  4. Everett says:

    February 24th, 2010 at 8:33 pm (#)

    I remodel kitchens, and everyone swears they will never again clutter their counters…they need to read this, good job.

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  6. Tomson says:

    December 12th, 2010 at 12:48 am (#)

    Very helpful post, thanks for sharing.

  7. glass installation Mt. Laurel says:

    March 1st, 2012 at 11:31 pm (#)

    With proper organization you can make your kitchen look clean. This would be a great help in keeping your counter tops more presentable.

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  9. Kristen says:

    December 3rd, 2014 at 4:41 am (#)

    Is these pictures of your kitchen because it looks amazing! My countertop is a real mess. Coffee maker, toaster and so many other stuff that I cannot use it when I want to bake something for example. Thanks a lot for the great tips!

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