I try to keep the kitchen counters clutter free; I spend lots of time cooking, and I like to have a clean and organized space where I can function and enjoy my time when preparing a meal. Lately, I’ve noticed that stuff has been adding up on the counters: we just got a new coffeemaker and we’re not quite ready to get rid of the old one; I recently decided that the cutting boards should always be on hand, so I took them out of the cupboard; I gathered some cooking utensils in a favorite ceramic container, just because I thought it looked nice; and I just can’t hide away the beautiful herb pot that I made myself, and which is actually always filled with some herb that I use on a recipe.
Anyways, things having been adding up and it was time for a little counter re-organization. This oversized woven tray was the answer. It was used to keep wood logs by the fireplace and it has now a new place in the kitchen.
Inside it, I gathered almost everything that was on the counters with the exception of the coffee makers and the mixer which sit in a corner and my cooking essentials that were already nicely organized. Everything else that was laying here and there is now gathered in one single place!
So inside my huge tray, I have things that I use almost on a daily basis but are still good looking enough to be out of the cupboards * the cutting boards (with their cute little leather detail) * two extra large glass jars where I store flour and sugar in large quantities * a green tea tin container * Greek mountain tea that is stored in a glass jar (that is super good for you) * a ceramic pot with a lattice pattern that holds an inexpensive, old flatware set that I use mostly when cooking (instead of burning and destroying my nice flatware set) * another identical ceramic pot with frequently used kitchen utensils (an ice cream scoop, for example, a strainer for the tea and more) * my lovely diy herb plant pot that I made a while ago. And there is still a little space for something to add, if needed.
I placed the tray in a corner of the kitchen – right under some of my mom’s amazing art – and I now have ample counter space for cooking and baking! Just like that, everything is organized again and the kitchen looks tidy and clean! Wonderful!