When it comes to the working surfaces of fitted kitchens, your worktop is considered to be one of the hardest spots to keep in top shape!
From storing your utensils and showing off your latest gadgets to preparing meals and spilling of food, your worktop goes through a lot throughout the day. This means, until and unless you’re disciplined and organised, the only result you’re going to achieve is loads of clutter build up.
So what is it that you could do to keep your countertop decluttered and organised?
Well, here we have put together six crucial steps suggested by professional kitchen designers that can help you have a fully streamlined countertop as well as kitchen.
Let’s rediscover the sheer beauty of sleek countertops in quartz, solid timber, marble or granite and understand how you can keep the clutter at bay!
1. Get Rid of Unnecessary Items from Your Pantry
It’s no surprise that your cupboards in the kitchen tend to fill up in no time. This is why it’s a great idea to throw away all the unnecessary items while also conducting regular stock checks.
Do you have expired packages simply taking up the space in your pantry? Are there any tins or jars that you could do away with? How many snacks do you have that you’ve completely forgotten about? Do you still have products that you hardly use?
If you answered yes to these questions, then you know where you’re going wrong!
Now, we aren’t asking you to throw away all of it; you could perhaps donate some of the items to a charity hamper collection or a foodbank. That way, you’ll not only clear your pantry but also help those in need.
Additionally, all the extra space will only help you store products that you use on a daily basis – this will further make your grocery shopping easier!
2. Streamline Your Cabinets
As they say – a place for everything and everything in its place!
This couldn’t be more true when it comes to your kitchens’ cabinets. However, with everything being dumped in your drawers and cupboards, you’ll be only making it difficult for you to find what you’ve been looking for.
That said, why not be a little ruthless with your knickknacks, utensils and other accessories that are never used?
Perhaps you could consider adding an over-the-door slab or organiser to help double up your kitchen storage – after all, there’s no such thing as enough storage!
You can even consider adding spice racks below your cabinets; this will prevent you from rummaging around ingredients to add in your dish. Another option is to add a pullout ladder or extendable drawers with dividers in it, making your cabinets look more streamlined and organised.
3. Hang Utensils On Your Kitchen Wall
Wall mounted storage is quite simple to install and makes cleaning your countertop easier.
So, why not hang up your tea towels, oven gloves, cooking utensils and aprons on your kitchen wall and keep them away from the worktop yet within your reach?
You could even display your pans and pots on the rack above your cooker to free up the space in your cupboard for other bigger items. Perhaps add a hanging wire basket to keep your fresh vegetables and fruits or go for a retractable bookstand that could be easily folded away once it’s job is done.
4. Take Complete Advantage of Your Shelving
Adding an open shelve is an excellent way to free up most of your countertop space while also ensuring all the items are within your reach.
What’s more, it gives you the liberty to add a personal touch of your own by creating items that you want to display while complementing it with the entire colour scheme of the kitchen.
While you’re at it, maybe you could use rattan baskets to store things or display your china and simultaneously tidy up the shelves. Or you could try grouping some of your items of the same colour together and place it on floating shelves to create a minimalist look.
5. Hide Bigger Appliances
Whether you’re a fan of morning smoothies, toasted sandwiches, freshly made pasta or home baked bread, all these appliances take up a lot of space on your countertop.
This is why it’s best to have a dedicated cupboard to stow your coffee maker, rice cooker or food processor to instantly declutter the worktop. Additionally, by storing appliances away, you ensure that it accumulates less dust and that it won’t have to be cleaned often.
The bottom line – put kitchen appliances away unless they add pizzazz to the ambience!
6. Avoid Saving Crockery for Best
Nobody has the space to have two sets of china – one for special occasions and one for regular use.
So, it’s best to have a coveted dinner set, silverware and nice glasses that can be used regularly; perhaps you could give away all the other stuff to charity or someone who needs it. Moreover, you’ll get to use your stylish crockery, glassware and cutlery on a day to day basis while also keeping the worktop and cupboard free of clutter!
To Sum Up
These were our top six ways to declutter your kitchen countertops.
However, when designing a bespoke kitchen, make sure you’re asking the designer to curate as many storage places as possible. That way, you can hide away all your appliances and keep the kitchen looking spick and span!