A general rule of thumb is that if you don’t reach for it every day, it doesn’t need to sit on your counter. “Edit the things that are taking up space but aren’t being used actively,” Williams says.
To wrangle the remaining items, incorporate trays, baskets and other unfussy containers. Corralling pieces into designated spots will keep them from taking over an unnecessary share of the counter space and will help them look purposeful. This doesn’t require a spending spree at the Container Store. Instead, shop your own home. A rarely used water pitcher, for instance, can double as a utensil caddy in the kitchen.