12 Simple Ways to Organize Small Kitchen Counters

Small spaces require creative techniques to keep them functional, and small kitchens can be the most difficult. Being limited on space can be frustrating but there are ways to utilize the space without sacrificing practicality.

If you’re short on countertop space and looking to optimize your area, there are ways to solve the problem. Whether it’s a place for small appliances, maximizing your work zone for food prep, or keeping your cooking utensils organized, here are 12 simple ways to organize small kitchen counters.

1. Over-The-Sink Drying Rack

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Kitchens without dishwashers face a double dilemma: not only are you required to wash all your dishes by hand, but drying them takes up precious counter space, which can be scarce in small kitchens. Over-the-sink drying racks are excellent solutions, as they move the rack directly over the sink in an otherwise unutilized space. By purchasing one of these items, you will be clearing up over a square foot of countertop that would otherwise be unusable.

2. Install Hooks

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Items we use frequently should be easily within our grasp, and often, that means they are sitting on the countertops. You can hang your favorite mugs, cutting boards, and cooking utensils by installing hooks, saving your counters from constant clutter. Quality hooks can be purchased for under $2 apiece.

3. Hang Produce Baskets

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Peelable fruits and vegetables like apples, bananas, onions, and potatoes need space to be stored and the counter is the usual go-to location. Get those cumbersome foods off the counter and install produce baskets from the ceiling or under a kitchen cabinet.

4. Install Floating Shelves

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Small appliances can take up a lot of space on your countertops, and if you don’t have an open cabinet to store them, you need to create your own storage. Open shelving will give you visual access to the things you use most without sacrificing your existing storage. It can be made with limited materials and DIY skills, but the addition will have a great impact on your overall space. Learn how to make your own here.

5. Magnetic Knife Rack

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Knife blocks take up precious counter space and storing them in drawers is not always feasible in small kitchens. Magnetic knife racks are a great way to store your cutting tools when not in use on a nearby wall.

6. Use Shelf Risers

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Shelf risers are a simple way to add storage capacity without sacrificing space. Use them to store things that are not easily stacked like mugs, spices, baking essentials, and coffees or teas. Add aesthetic containers for your items for a touch of finer decor.

7. Magnetic Shelves

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Adding magnetic shelves to the side of your refrigerator or under upper cabinets will give you added storage in an area that isn’t naturally available. They are great for holding cleaning supplies, seasonings, or containers of your favorite pastas.

8. Store Large Items on Top of Cabinets

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Most kitchens have additional space on top of wall cabinets that collect dust, but this space is the perfect location for storing blenders, toasters, and other small appliances. By storing these items and large, infrequently used cookware or serving dishes above your cabinets, you free up both counter and cabinet space.

9. Cake Stands

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Cake stands are perfect for cooking oils and condiments. They lift these items off the countertops, allowing you to store more below. As a bonus, you have the perfect stand to frost and display birthday cakes each year.

10. Use The Windowsill

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Do you have a window above your sink? Most kitchens are designed with this as a standard. The windowsill can double as a ledge for soaps, sponges, cooking herbs, and more, freeing up useful space on your counters.

11. Stovetop as Prep Space

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If you need more space to cut vegetables or prep meals, you can turn your stovetop into an extra counter. Noodle boards are popular in many family homes, and a simple cutting board on a glass-top stove does the same.

12. Kitchen Cart

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Rolling carts are very useful in kitchens with minimal storage and countertop space. They can be bought at most big box stores or online, many for under $100. They are easily moved around as needed and are great for coffee stations or holding an air fryer.

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Anika Gandhi

Anika Gandhi is on a mission to declutter and organize all the things around her and is here to inspire and encourage you to do the same!

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