Are you sick of kitchen countertop clutter? Here are a few tried-and-tested tips to help you declutter your kitchen…

Whether it’s top-of-the-line and newly renovated or a slightly worn family kitchen, nothing detracts from a space like clutter.

Since it’s often the first room we enter, it’s easy to understand how kitchens can become cluttered. And with many kitchens being open plan into living areas, it’s hard to miss the detracting impact clutter has on a home.

So what can you do to curb clutter?

Plan of attack

The first step is to attack the clutter that’s there, because as Happier at Home author Gretchen Rubin has said in her popular podcast, “Clutter attracts more clutter”.

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Elle, from the YouTube Channel WhatsUpMoms was inspired by another YouTuber, Kathyrn of Do It On A Dime, to delutter her kitchen countertops in five steps.

It involved the 1. Accessing the space, 2. Emptying and purging, 3. Creating homes for items based on the frequency of use, 4. Creating a catch-all basket and finally, 5. Making it pretty.

You can watch the video below to see how she did it.

Beyond the countertop

Kitchen clutter doesn’t only live on counters. Once you’ve cleared the horizontal surfaces you can see, consider other areas that can become cluttered.

For example, Melissa Maker, from the YouTube channel ‘Clean My Space’, recommends tossing those promotional fridge magnets to instantly reduce visual clutter in your kitchen.

Keep it clear

Once you have cleared the clutter, how do you keep it that way?

In a video about keeping counters and tabletops clear, Lorie Marrero, author of The Clutter Diet: The Skinny on Organizing Your Home and Taking Control of Your Life, recommends trying to catch yourself before adding clutter to these surfaces, and instead, deciding where it should go.

She also recommends making a rule to clear a surface daily or weekly.

We hope these tips help you to declutter your kitchen.