Counter space is kind of like a purse… The bigger your purse gets, the more stuff you cram into it. It seems that no matter how much surface space – or purse space – you have, you seem to “grow into it”. That’s why, when I stumbled across these simple storage ideas, I knew I had to share them with the masses!
Bonus! Some of these ideas are super on-trend.
Let’s get started:
Hanging planters have been trendy for a while, but now, it’s time to bring back the hanging fruit basket. This modern-farmhouse style brings a dose of Fixer Upper vibes to your kitchen, even if you don’t own an inch of shiplap.
This is a NorCal FAVE! We do this in a lot of our homes.
Your microwave can take up a huge chunk of precious counter space, but it’s not the type of thing you can pull in and out of a cupboard every time you want to use it. Young House Love has just the solution: Stick it in your island.
If you’re in the market for a new sink, consider one that truly makes your life easier. Kohler’s Prolific line has mini ledges inside the sink, so you can easily pop in a drying rack, wash pan, or cutting board, making use of that 36-inch space normally reserved for stacking dirty dishes. (And, okay, actually cleaning them. At some point.)
Slim boards stay tucked away (but won’t stop your cabinet from closing) in this clever storage spot.
Get the tutorial at Tikkido.
You have an over-the-door organizer for your shoes, but you really need one for your pantry. Just think: With those shelves clear, you’ve got room to stow that blender, Crock-Pot, and bulky knife block.
Crocks of spoons and spatulas are easy to grab, but they get in the way. In this Scandinavian-inspired kitchen designed by Susan Serra, a few workhorse utensils hang neatly over the stove.
There’s nothing that cramps your granite’s style like a row of ripped cereal boxes. Designer Karin Edwards found a solution with a handy pull-out cabinet loaded with matching bins from the Container Store.
Unearth your favorite cooking mags from the pile of junk mail, and give them a dedicated place in your kitchen.
You’re not using that space for anything, anyway. Might as well make the most of it.
We admit this idea is a bit high-concept – but isn’t it totally genius? Designer Mick De Giulio revealed the built-in “bowl” in our 2012 Kitchen of the Year. As you prep ingredients for a recipe, you can just stick them there, so they won’t roll around (and off the table) as you work.
Ah, what can’t the IKEA FINTORP system do? Here, it lifts produce and other odds-and-ends off the counter, and mimics the hanging knife rack nearby.
Get the tutorial at 17 Apart.
This piece started its life as sideboard. But repurposed as an island, the shelves provide a place to stash cookbooks and extra tools, keeping must-haves nearby, but not scattered everywhere.
A pallet’s grid of slim slats provides a flexible storage station unlike any other — a magnetic knife rack can clip to a board, hooks can dangle in-between, and you can even clip grocery lists and cards to it.
Check out the original on House Beautiful