10 Game-Changing Counter Organizers That Instantly Create So Much Extra Storage Space

published Jul 8, 2022
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There are a lot of kitchen organizers out there to clear the clutter in your space, whether we’re talking spice racks, drawer dividers, or pantry racks. One area that always seems to be of particular concern in any kitchen is counter space. Who isn’t always on the lookout for ways to declutter their counters, maximize prep space, and add extra storage? That’s precisely why we’re here to round up our favorite kitchen counter organizers that provide storage for utensils, spices, small appliances, and more.

These kitchen counter organization ideas are perfect for any sized space. Anyone working with limited room can take advantage of the counter shelf or tension rod organizer that will double storage without occupying precious food prep space. And for those who do have more counter space to work with, you’ll find several chic organizers that will keep your items looking neat and tidy. Whichever one of these kitchen counter organizers works best for your home, we’re confident that they’ll help establish a little bit more order while you’re busy cooking!

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Say goodbye to messy counters while you cook with this ingenious silicone utensil rest that our editors love. It can accomodate up to four utensils, which is perfect if you have multiple pots and pans going and you're switching between a wooden spoon and metal spatula. Plus, the wide base will ensure that no spills reach your clean counters!

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Whether you like to store appliances on your counters or you need to out of lack of space, try this rolling tray that we discovered last year that will be shockingly useful every single day. You'll never have to drag your stand mixer or toaster out from the back of the counter. Instead, you can smoothly slide this tray forward whenever you need to use your favorite small appliance. There's something nice about having a neat, tidy spot to keep these appliances.

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Store your spices in the best way possible with this countertop organizer that will keep them away from sunlight and heat that could lessen their shelf life. We tried it out and found that it made finding spices easy while freeing up precious cabinet space. You can also stack items on top of it to save even more counter space.

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Yamazaki Home

One of our favorite brands for beautiful kitchen organizers, Yamazaki, has a sleek shelf to add to your counters for extra vertical storage. You might use it for storing pantry staples, spices, condiments, a crock of utensils, or even just little kitchen luxuries like a candle. You'll have fun styling this shelf and taking advantage of unused space.

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Clean up your kitchen sink area with this minimalist caddy. We tried it out and found that it was large enough to hold all of our dishwashing essentials including a bottle of dish soap, sponge, and brush. And it's pretty narrow so you can store it anywhere you'd like on your sink or counters.

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Le Creuset

Keep coffee grounds, tea, sugar, and more in this stylish 23-ounce canister. You won't mind keeping it out on your counters because of the classic Le Creuset enamel finish, available in three colors. Each beech wood lid has an air-tight silicone seal to keep contents fresh, and you can choose from three different sizes or opt to buy one of each.

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This affordable tiered shelf is one of our favorite organizers from Joseph Joseph. Use it to hold your most-used seasonings and condiments while keeping the space in front of it visible with its wraparound design. And because it expands horizontally, you can adjust it to fit your space perfectly.

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This versatile lazy Susan is one of our favorite kitchen organizers because it’s an easy way to see all your spices or supplies without missing out on hidden items. This turntable has a non-skid bottom, so it’s great for storing jars and bottles that won’t move when you spin it. You can place this anywhere in your kitchen, but there's nothing stopping you from using it as a convenient countertop organizer for your most-used condiments, seasonings, and utensils.

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Take a page from Julia Child's book and make use of ceramic utensil crocks in your kitchen. They are an easy way to keep your utensils in one convenient spot so you can quickly grab what you need while you're busy cooking. This orange model has a little more personality than the plain white ones and will look pretty on any counter.

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Yamazaki Home

Think upwards with your counter organization with this expandable shelf that adds storage space above your sink (or above any small things you keep out on your counters). Our editors also like that it includes hooks to hang oven mitts, towels, and cooking shears.

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This multi-level shelf system is great at decluttering corners and freeing up counter space. You can adjust it to use along straigt walls, too, and it has hooks for hanging smaller tools. Read our review to learn how you can combine multiple sets of these shelves for even more storage.

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Add this rotating organizer to consolidate spices, oils, and other shelf-stable ingredients that are taking up too much room on your counters. Reviewers who bought it also love using it in their pantry and cupboards to save space in those spots as well.

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Big, bulky utensils have a way of crowding countertops and drawers, but this spinning organizer puts a stop to that nonsense. It holds up to eight tools and keeps them all in reach. Reviewers also confirm that it's built well and has a stainless-steel construction that's easy to keep clean.

This post originally appeared on Kitchn. See it here: 10 Game-Changing Counter Organizers That Create So Much More Storage Space