How to Keep Your Countertops Free from Clutter
Clutter is the antithesis of a clean and tidy kitchen. The more clutter you have on your countertops, the harder it is to keep them clean and tidy.
And as any keen cook knows, it’s a lot easier to be creative in a clean and tidy kitchen!
Unfortunately, it isn’t always easy to keep kitchen counters free from clutter.
From mugs and jars containing coffee and tea to knife blocks and pots of utensils, modern kitchens are full of small items that take up lots of room.
And since many kitchens are on the small side, these items often end up hogging valuable real estate on countertops.
Keeping kitchen countertops clean is important. This is where we prepare food.
If you don’t wipe down your countertops regularly, dust, food debris, and grease soon build up. Imagine how easily that mess could end up contaminating your food – with potentially deadly consequences!
Ideally, you should wipe down your kitchen counters at least once a day, preferably with hot, soapy water.
When a countertop is free from clutter, this takes less than a minute, but if you have to spend time moving small items around, it takes a lot longer.
The best way to make the task easier is to remove these items from your countertops.
If you have plenty of free space in cabinets, no problem, but if your cabinets are already full, it’s time to think outside the box.
Small appliances are very useful in a modern kitchen.
From coffee makers to microwaves, we all have at least one small appliance we can’t live without.
The good news is that these small appliances can easily be moved from the counter to a new home.
Integral microwaves are a great space-saving solution. Integral microwaves can double as a small oven, which gives you greater cooking capacity during Thanksgiving and the Christmas holidays.
The same applies to coffee machines. Instead of buying a standalone coffee machine, invest in an integral one instead.
It’s an option worth considering if you are ready to design and fit a new kitchen.
Utensils and knives are often stored in blocks and pots, which take up room on countertops.
Since they need to be accessible, you probably won’t want to shove them all into drawers.
Don’t worry, we have a smart solution or two.
Get rid of your butcher’s knife block and fit a stainless steel magnetic knife holder above your stove.
This is a great way to keep your chef’s knives in reach but off the countertop.
The magnetic strip can be used to hold metal chef’s knives safely and securely.
Need a paring knife? No problem? It’s right there!
You can make use of something similar for kitchen utensils too.
This time, instead of a magnetic strip, fix a metal rail under a wall cabinet or on the side of a base unit.
Hang your utensils from the rail and they are both accessible and not cluttering up your counters.
Boiling Water Taps
Kettles are a wonderful invention. Switch a kettle on and you have boiling water in a few minutes.
They really are a kitchen essential, but the problem with kettles is that they take up valuable space on the counter.
Of course, we are not suggesting you throw your kettle away and switch to cold beverages, but you can save space if you install a boiling water tap.
Boiling water taps do exactly what they say on the tin: they give you instant boiling water, straight from the tap.
This is surprisingly handy if you like hot beverages.
Fancy a cup of tea?
Add boiling water straight from the tap into your mug.
If you prefer coffee, add boiling water and leave it for a few minutes before you stir in some coffee, so you don’t ruin the flavor of the beans.
Boiling hot water is also useful for cooking.
Rather than wait for a pan to boil, you can fill it with water that’s at boiling point already, thus reducing the time it takes to cook veggies, rice, pasta, and potatoes.
Finally, get crafty with storage and place small items in crates on top of your cabinets.
Hang mugs from hooks and fix some shelves to the wall for herbs and spices.
Do all this and your countertops will be a blissful oasis of minimalist calm.