Declutter Your Kitchen: A Guide to a Clean, Organized, and Functional Kitchen Counter

Your kitchen is the heart of your home, and the kitchen counter is where it starts. It’s where you prepare meals, share stories, and sometimes even gather with friends and family. But all too often, our kitchen counters become cluttered and chaotic, making it a challenge to use them efficiently. Let me show you how to transform your kitchen counter into a clean, organized, and functional space that will not only make cooking a breeze but also enhance the overall look of your kitchen.

A Step by Step Guide to Creating a Clean and Functional Kitchen Counter

  1. Clear the Clutter
  2. Define Zones   a.  Defined Zones
  3. Invest in Storage Solutions
  4. Embrace the Minimalistic Aesthetic
  5. Daily Maintenance
  6. Conclusion: How these steps will improve your home function
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Step 1: Clear the Clutter

The first step in creating a functional kitchen counter is too declutter. Remove everything from your counter and take stock of what you have. Be strategic in your decision-making process; if you haven’t used an item in the last month, consider storing it elsewhere or donating it. Remember, less clutter means more space to work with.

I love beautiful spaces.  Part of the way I create beautiful spaces is with kitchen decor.  Some of my decor is functional like an adorable cookie jar.  Other is more decorative but doesn’t take up a lot of space.  I love having wood accents in my home.  I’ve found log rounds with pretty cutting boards add texture and warmth to the space.  Having said that I keep the decor minimal.  There are more open space than filled spaces.

When I organize I always start by decluttering.  Pulling everything out and putting like items together.  It is an easy way to see what you have and if you have multiples of items that can be donated.  I’m always surprised by what I find.

Step 2: Define Zones

Think about how you use your kitchen counter. Do you frequently chop vegetables, brew coffee, or store kitchen appliances there? Define specific zones for these activities. For example, designate one area for food prep, another for your coffee station, and a separate space for your toaster or blender. This will help you maintain order and keep items in their rightful place.

I prefer keeping the small appliances stored in the pantry or cupboards.  Freeing up precious counter space.  If you have a cup of coffee every morning having a coffee station would be a good idea.  If you have toast daily keeping a pretty toaster on the counter is worth the real estate.

Defined Kitchen Zones

Here are my defined kitchen counter zones.  A zone for my knives so they are easily accessible. Our children gifted us this knife set.  I love the look and quality of these knives, style and function.  Having them accessible makes food prep and serving easier.

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The cleaning zone at my sink that includes pretty and functional soap dispensers plus a space for brushes, sink plug and scratch pads. There are so many soap dispenser options for every style of home.  I love the modern elegant one I found but this one and this one are really pretty if you have a different vibe in your kitchen.

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Then a cooking zone.  Included in my zone is a spoon holder, salt & pepper plus butter.  You could easily add oils and vinegars to this zone, be sure to get a beautiful jar for the decanted oils. There are so many spoon rests, find one that coordinates with your other kitchen decor.  Here are a couple of my favorites.  Whether you like farm house or modern.

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An additional zone that functions for some people is a crock with serving and cooking utensils.  I prefer to have mine in a drawer but other like them more accessible.   Crocks can be a big statement piece in your kitchen.  Purchase one that fits the style of your home.  There are white ceramic crocks or a bamboo one for texture.  To elevate your kitchen be sure to get coordinating utensils.  These silicone ones with wooden handles are so pretty or you might prefer a stainless steel set.

Step 3: Invest in Storage Solutions

To keep your kitchen counter organized, invest in storage solutions that fit your needs. After you’ve invest in a pretty crock to hold large kitchen utensils.  Find a tray to contain oil, knives, s&p shakers.

Containing the items on your counter will help with organization and style.  The shape, style and size of your tray will be dictated by the items you wish to contain.  For my cooking zone I have a vintage tin tray that is the perfect size.  Not taking up too much of my counter space but large enough to hold the necessary items.

There are a variety of trays available.  You can enjoy this tin, wood, ceramic or leather tray.

Step 4: Embrace the Minimalist Aesthetic

Minimalism is not just a design trend; it’s a practical approach to organizing your kitchen counter. Limit decorative items to a few that hold sentimental value or match your kitchen’s theme. This will help maintain a clean, uncluttered look that’s easy to clean and use.

Having a kitchen with a minimalist style brings me peace and calm.  Not only will your kitchen look amazing it will make cooking and cleanup much easier and enjoyable.

Step 5: Daily Maintenance

To ensure your kitchen counter stays functional, commit to a daily maintenance routine. After every meal, take a few minutes to wipe down the counter, put away dishes, and return items to their designated zones. This small effort will prevent clutter from accumulating and make your kitchen a pleasant place to work.

When items have a place it is easier to clean up after events no matter how big or small.  Taking a little extra time when you organize your kitchen will save you an abundance of time over the weeks and months.

When your items have a designated spot it also helps finding tools in seconds instead of digging through over stuffed drawers looking for spoons or ladles. You can quickly and easily get our hands on what we need especially when you need it fast.


A clean, organized, and functional kitchen counter can transform your cooking experience and the overall ambiance of your home. By decluttering, defining zones, investing in storage solutions, embracing minimalism, and maintaining a daily routine, you can create a space that is both visually pleasing and practical. So, roll up your sleeves, clear the clutter, and watch as your kitchen counter becomes the focal point of culinary creativity in your home.

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I am passionate about cultivating home. Whether you like DIY, design, decor or organization I want to help you cultivate the best home for you. One space and step at a time. Small simple to maintain changes with big results.