It’s the heart of the home, the place where nourishment is provided and social hour exists. It’s your personal workstation and your family’s “homework bar”. If you have kids your kitchen has probably become the emergency room at least once or twice and, yes, some of us even do our laundry here. Your kitchen is the most valued part of the home, what I would call “prime real-estate”.
Your Kitchen Truth
Most of us dream of having a “magazine-worthy” kitchen, right? But, the truth is that instead, most of us have our countertops blanketed with items that we’ve deemed “necessary” to keep out like your electric mixer, knife block, paper towel and holder, various oils and spices, daily vitamins, drying rack, plastic holiday soap dispenser, toaster, coffee maker, bowl of coffee and hot tea pods, soda maker, hand towels, cutting board and maybe a pet fish tank or two. I once had a client who had three fish tanks in her kitchen- one for each child…(insert cringe face here).
Right now you are glancing around at all the “stuff” in your kitchen. I won’t say “I told you so”, but we both know I’m pretty spot-on. Your kitchen plays host to just about everything I’ve listed above (probably more) and you call it “functional”. Believe me, I have heard and seen it all. “Functional” is the word my clients use when they are describing a place of chaos in which the area under scrutiny is littered with items that have no real rhyme or reason for their resting place. The typical claim is that each item is used everyday and simply can’t go any further than the countertop on which it resides. But, friends, is this really how you want your kitchen to look? If I told you that your kitchen can provide purpose to all that it’s currently responsible for AND look beautiful would you listen? I am going to help you determine what needs to go and what can stay. With just a little work, an open mind, and the right stuff you are going to have a functional and beautiful kitchen is less than 10 minutes.
Let’s Get Started
First, we must eliminate at least 3 things from your countertops. I am NOT saying we need to eliminate these 3 things from your kitchen entirely…just your countertops. What are they?
1. Your Paper Towel Roll and Holder
There is literally no way anyone can make a paper towel roll look pretty. I don’t care if your paper towel holder is solid gold, a paper towel roll is just not pretty. So, let’s eliminate it from view, but not from reach. I use this wonderful invention called the InterDesign Dual Purpose Paper Towel Holder . Mine is mounted on the inside of my kitchen sink cabinetry using nothing but heavy duty double sided tape. You can find paper towel mount at The Container Store.
2. Your Knife Block
The knife block, while a nice idea, is really a huge visual mistake. Let’s break this down: your knife block is one massive chunk of wood with multiple slots to store a set of knives on your countertop. It’s not really all that attractive and takes up valuable counter space. I have found something better! It’s an In-Drawer Knife Organizer and it’s meant to sit flat in your kitchen drawer. I love this system! It keeps my knives neatly stored out of sight. Additionally it gives me the ability to fully use my kitchen countertops without the visual mess.
3. Your Utensil Holder
Okay, there is a small exception to this one. If…and I mean IF your utensil holder is being used as a decorative piece AND it contains clean kitchen utensils in
good great shape then you can keep your pieces on the counter. However, if your spatulas, spoons, whisks and tongs are well loved and no longer pretty then there really is NO reason to “display” them. Instead, store those pieces away in your kitchen drawers using this inexpensive expandable kitchen drawer organizer like I did here. Not only do my drawers look super clean and organized I can find everything so much easier now! Take a look for yourself!
There are very simple ways we can handle the high traffic and heavy-duty workload that your kitchen manages without having everything laying out on the countertops. Bottom line…Eliminate these 3 kitchen items and clear the visual chaos.