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.