Kitchen counters are meant to be used for food preparation and plating. Often they are used for appliances we don’t use often, papers and stuff! Want a surefire way to limit the amount of items you keep on your kitchen counters?

I came up with a silly, yet effective solution. Use mats to define your counter usage limits. Counters are tricky because they are not contained. When a drawer gets full, you simply can’t put anything else in the drawer. Counters allow spreading out and piling up. Create your own space boundaries using placemats that go with your kitchen décor. Determine what you use often and therefore need in that primary counter real estate. Next, categorize the items. Then, assign each category to a placemat. No category can get so full that it spreads out over the mat and no category can get so full that items have to be piled on top of each other (unless they are made for that purpose such as stacking clear containers).


Possible categories include: Frequently used spices, frequently used clean up items, recipe cards/books and miscellaneous items that tend to attach themselves to the kitchen counters like mail and keys and coupons.

Want to take it one step further? Purchase personalized mats!! If you go this route, there can be no excuses for placing items in the wrong spot!