Bob Vila Radio: Clearing the Counters

Kitchen countertops are notorious catch-alls for household clutter. Take back those surfaces with smart space planning and new ideas for better organization.

By Roseann Foley Henry | Updated May 29, 2014 10:48 AM

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Over time, kitchen countertops can get cluttered with junk, which not only makes the kitchen look sloppy but also disrupts meal preparation. It’s time to take back your counters!


Listen to BOB VILA ON CLEARING THE COUNTERS or read the text below:

Clearing Counters


First, open up storage space in your cabinets and drawers by getting rid of items you never use. If you don’t yet have a junk drawer, move things around to create one—it’s great for stashing phone chargers, twist-ties, pens and other kitchen miscellany.

Next, gather any paperwork in the kitchen. Toss or file away what you can, then consider using a wall-mounted file for paperwork that cycles through your kitchen (takeout menus, notices from the kids’ school, incoming mail and appliance manuals).

Clean up that tangle of chargers by investing in one of the many products that stow devices neatly while they’re charging, or check online for some smart DIY ideas.

Now it’s time for the nitty-gritty: If any appliances on the counter don’t get used at least once a week, banish them to a cabinet or the basement. Figure out ways to move other kitchen implements up into a cabinet or onto a wall. A rod mounted near the stove is convenient for hanging cooking utensils; a wall-mounted magnetic strip will get that knife block off the countertop; and a pot rack can keep those frequently used pans off the countertop or stove.

Bob Vila Radio is a newly launched daily radio spot carried on more than 75 stations around the country (and growing). You can get your daily dose here, by listening to—or reading—Bob’s 60-second home improvement radio tip of the day.