While homebuyers seek ample kitchen counter space when searching for a home, surface area tends to fill up quickly as homeowners settle in to their new digs. Reclaim your countertops in time for the holidays with these clutter-busting tricks.
Designate an area for paper. Adopt a storage solution for mail or loose papers, such as a kitchen desk, tray or basket. Set up your paper station away from cook tops, sinks and other food preparation areas where they can get damaged.
Reserve counters for essentials only. Keep counters clear by stowing away appliances and tools your family does not use on a regular basis. A good rule of thumb is to store items that have not been used in over a month.
Arrange items according to function. Group items similarly to stay organized and avoid cluttering other areas of your kitchen. For instance, keep your coffee maker, coffee, cups and filters confined to one section of your countertop.
Cut down on food storage containers. To remove Tupperware from countertops, reduce the amount you own to only those that fit within each other. This will make them easier to store, freeing up even more space on your kitchen counter.
Source: Consumer Reports
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