Pop quiz: What unique feature do all the amazing kitchens have in common? A sparkling, rootless tabletop, that’s what. And we have a formula to get yours there: Edit counter entrieso that about 90 percent of the surface is clear. Do you think that sounds drastic? It’s actually easy (use your closets, guys). Here are ten easy little ways to rethink your space that will clear your kitchen countertops forever.
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If you do not have a large group of caffeine-drinking adults who constantly share breakfast with you, consider dropping your bulky plug-in for a smart French press or the option of tilt. They make both damn good coffee, are small and mobile when it comes to storage and generally just look super nice. Connected to your electricity? Remember the 90 percent rule and edit something else out. (And please, at least, store your coffee beans away).
If your kitchen utensils must be out on the screen, do what you can to make sure they are attractive – as groups as with like. Translation: If you still have the dollar-sized plastic spatula set you bought in college mixed with your acacia salad servers, you may need to throw away the old ones and upgrade. Fill them in a beautiful container and call it a day.
Paper towels: Not so good for the planet and not so good for the aesthetics of your kitchen. Use this option to reduce your waste footprint and switch to recyclable tea and tea towels. Not ready to go paperless? Choose a recycling option and mount under your closets (or inside a sneaky drawer) to free up table space.
Every home has a landfill for mail, keys, magazines, receipts, etc. Of course, this junk needs a runway – but do not leave it on your countertop. We recommend using an office desk or a drop zone station in the hallway, but if you need one in the kitchen – designate a drawer so the clutter is out of sight.
This is a case where you can add instead of subtract. Staples like flour and sugar occupy large cupboard properties and actually look super attractive as decor in beautiful cans (choose clear glass or in a shade that matches your back plate). Move them to the counter and make room for more unsightly clutter – like cooking oil and small appliances – in storage.
OK, so you need easy access to salt and pepper, but do you need the whole kosher salt carton on display? Move what is absolutely necessary to stylish grinders, mills or cellars. And give these shrunk containers a permanent home, as in a smartly woven tray so they don’t float around.
Have you ever seen a fungus in a leaf spread? No, because they’re pretty ugly. These guys obviously need to be ready, so we recommend placing a sucked sponge holder inside your sink just below the lip. (Basically, do what you need to do to get that ugly eye ulcer out of your sight.)
We love toast. But we do not love the large, curved-tasting character of electric toaster ovens. Given that most ovens do a solid job of toasting bread (place on oven racks and fry one to two minutes), you may want to reconsider whether your toaster is redundant. But I love my toaster. Store. Just save it if you have company.
In general, we are bibliophiles. But a kitchen table should not look like a library. Move your cookbook collection to floating shelves, window sills, or a designated kitchen shelf.
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Do not forget your barbecue top. While yes, it may not technically count as table space, the same rules apply – meaning your burners are not actually storage for your cookware. Store away in cupboards, or consider a beautiful, hanging pot rack if closet space is limited. (And while you’re at it, you need to wipe the frozen pasta water up from dinner three nights ago, right?)
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