In this post: If you care about kitchen organization and you’d like your counters to be clear, these kitchen counter organization tips are just for you.⇒
I’m a zero inbox girl.
I don’t keep lots of unread emails, there’s nothing on my closet floor and my kitchen counters are always clear.
When I walk into my mother-in-law’s house, I’m always amazed at the little pile she keeps in the corner of her kitchen counter. It’s a curious melange of cake, bread, coffee and newspapers. It could be your breakfast table at a diner! This from a woman whose home is otherwise spotless. I will never understand the notion of keeping food out on the counters.
My theory is if you have room to keep the bread on the counter you have room to put a container there to hold it.
I’m about to embark on a kitchen organization project, but before I get to the pantry and cabinets, I thought I would share with you how I organize my counters. These 8 pretty little vintage items can help take the pressure off of pantry storage by providing an appropriate place to store things, while maintaining a decorative look.
Let’s start with the silver footed compote bowl above, because this is my favorite little secret. I keep it at the end of the bar counter, so it’s raised high enough that you can’t see inside of it without bending over it.
Yep, there’s the mess inside. It’s that pile of things that you grab and use on a daily basis so you like to keep them at arm’s length. It usually includes our headphones and chargers, plus the converter I use to upload my photos. It also often holds the things hubby empties from his pockets when he comes home, instead of dropping them on the counter.
What I love most about using this bowl, besides it keeping the counter clear, is that I always know where to find my headphones and converters. These are typically the types of things that tend to get lost and having a designated spot that I *always* put them back in is key to staying organized.
Another treasure is the French canister set, a new addition to our kitchen. The whole purpose of counter storage is to supplement the pantry, and keeping often used items here is also a convenience. For this reason, I ignore what it says on the canister and store the items I prefer here. The set is there to serve me, so being a stickler about what the label says is pointless. Three of these hold coffee pods (2 regular and 1 decaf), one keeps stirrers and one contains sweetener packets. So far, the little one at the end is empty, but I know it won’t stay that way.
I use a vintage silver champagne bucket as my utensil holder. It’s another counter item that helps me on a daily basis.
I love the look of antique pieces and the character they add to my new white kitchen. They lend it personality and a unique identity. I enjoy contrasting worn patina against polish and glimmer, and the pairing of the rugged bread board against the stately bucket embodies this interesting mix.
Of course I had to have a bread box, which actually holds bread! It’s brimming with charm and is the one item that corrals the biggest offenders to clear counters. It’s big enough to hold bread, buns and a few random bakery goods.
The vintage tea tin is another all time fave and it holds… you guessed it… tea!
I’m a huge fan of Dundee marmalade jars and they can offer a place to store a variety of things, from spreaders to forks, and straws and more.
I keep artisan oils near the stove on a pretty silver bread tray. Once again, they are something I use every single day and the proximity to where they are used, can’t be beat.
Finally, a pretty crystal bowl is perfect to hold fruit. I’ve seen so many people keep bananas directly on the counter and I scratch my head every time at the missed opportunity for a decorative holder.
Once you get in the habit of keeping things in pretty containers, you won’t consider tossing items directly on the counter. Now, as for that cluttered email inbox… you’re on your own!
Kitchen Counter Organization Resource List
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- Canister set
- Champagne bucket
- Bread box
- Tea caddy
- Marmalade jar
- Silver footed bowl
- Silver tray
- Glass bowl
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