In a tiny kitchen, counter space is a luxury and clutter is your enemy. Bare counters are pleasing to the eye and functional for folding laundry, unpacking groceries and food prep. Bulky appliances such as microwaves, toaster ovens, and coffee machines will quickly consume your counters. So how do you declutter your counters? Follow these 10 pieces of advice and start to declutter!
10 Tips to Declutter your Kitchen
1). Eliminate any gadget that isn’t essential to your daily life
Ask yourself, do I really need a microwave? Do I need it enough to sacrifice the counter space? Do I need it enough to power it with electricity, which might limit my ability to be off-grid? Or, would it be simpler to warm my food on the stove? Keyword: SIMPLER. Tiny living is about living a simpler, more fulfilling life. So keep it simple, and try not to overfill your space.
Our Kitchen, which consists of a sink and a 3-burner stove.
2). Own gadgets/appliances that serve multiple purposes.
For example, choose a pot lid that doubles as a strainer. Do you really need a tea kettle (an item that only serves one purpose), or will a pot of boiling water suffice?
Tiny Tack House Kitchen. Take a tour of this tiny home.
3). Consider alternative appliances that consume less space
For example, this AeroPress can be used to make coffee instead of a standard machine. The AeroPress uses zero electricity and is only a fraction of the size of regular coffee machine. As a bonus, the paper filters are tiny and more compact for storage. Consider a french press too!
4). Store “pretty” items high
Having high shelves or hangings baskets can clear your counters and harness the underutilized space above your eye-line. Put your “pretty” items, such as festive plates, wine glasses or Grandma’s pasta maker on a display shelf to double as art. Store your fruits and veggies in a hanging basket. Mount a floating dish rack over your sink. Hang your pots and pans from ceiling hooks.
Brittany’s Kitchen. Take a tour of this tiny home.
5). Hide “ugly” items
There’s no room for the word “ugly” in a tiny house. Place large or ugly appliances under the counter when not in use – such as blenders or toasters, unless they are beautiful to you!
Jay Austin’s Matchbox Tiny Kitchen. Notice the appliances (stove and food processor) that can be stored if counter space is needed.
6). Create counter space
Purchase a sink cover, such as a cutting board, that will expand your food prep area. Eliminate the counter space allocated for a stove top by using a portable hotplate that can be stored under the counter when not in use.
Ella’s Kitchen. Notice the alcohol stove which can be tucked away when not in use.
7). Mount items to the wall
Use hooks to hang your cutting boards. Magnetize your knives to a wood magnetic knife holder and use magnetic spice holders on your refrigerator.
MiniMotives Tiny Kitchen. Notice the pots and pans hanging high from a wall mount.
8). Custom containers
Food packaging can be cumbersome and ugly. Why have a box half full of sugar on your counter? Store your flour, sugar, cereal, etc. in small containers or decorative bags that can reduce in size as the food is consumed. Refill as needed.
Harmony House Kitchen. Notice the small jars used for food storage.
9). Utilize cabinet doors
An old trick, but a good trick. Mount flat or small utensils to the inside of your cabinet doors instead of using a counter utensil rack. If you have a counter skirt, sew pockets into the material for storage.
Utilize in the inside of cabinet doors. Image credit: here.
Our Kitchen. Sew pockets into your cabinet skirt.
10). Keep Organized
Keeping your counters bare and organized should be part of your daily routine. Every new appliance or gadget needs to have an appropriate place in your kitchen, before bringing it into your tiny space. Proper organization is the key to continuous declutter.
Music City Tiny House Kitchen. Notice the three-tiered hanging baskets
This post was originally posted on Tumbleweedhouses.com
Hi Jenna! This is a great and useful post. And what a surprise to see my house in there- thanks 🙂 I totally agree about keeping things simple, especially with the microwave. We don’t realize how life can be so much better when you choose to to live without. In this case, not having a microwave (or freezer) is more healthy and food tastes better. Hope to see you in Cali in March! I might ask Cliff if we can host you on our driveway in Ojai – if you’re interested. There’s some awesome climbing here and lots of outdoor adventures!