Decluttering The Kitchen Counter

I had to declutter my kitchen counter.  There was just way too much on it and I had to figure something out to get some of it off the counter.

Here is the before.  Yup every inch of the counter was taken up by coffee supplies of sorts.
{white canister is from HomeGoods and coffee cups were our thank you gifts at our wedding}
The biggest problem was were will the K-cups go.  I loved this little holder, that I believe I picked up at Bed Bath and Beyond for $20 a few years ago.  But as cute and functional as it was, I had to find some place else for them.
YAY, I was able to clear the counter.  Now it looked sad and boring.  So I shopped my house.
And I found this basket.  It was a little too tall, but it served it’s purpose until I found something else I liked more.  The white canister, from HomeGoods, is used for our used k-cups and we just empty it once a week or as needed.  We also put egg shells and scraps in it so we don’t stink up our garage pail.  We are only a household of two, so we only throw the garage out once a week.  If you put all of those things in the garage pail, then there is this horrible smell by mid week.  The canister is probably really for a cookie jar and seals well, so we don’t have any problems with it.  It works for us.  We throw it out once a week and wash it also.  So where did those K-cups go?  Do you see them?
There they are.  I know you can see them even from across the room, but I can live with it like this since it’s OFF my counter.  Introducing the Under Cabinet K-Cup Holder for $29.95.  It was so worth the money I spent on this product.  We love it.  It has strips of double sided tape and screws to install this.  We used both just in case.  The screws are very short, so they will not go through the bottom of the cabinet.
It just pulls down when you want some coffee or tea and goes nicely back into hiding when you are done.  Love that!!!
This should fit under most cabinets.  The measurements are on Amazon.
This under cabinet holder holds 24 k-cups.  The counter one held 20.  Actually there is a larger one sold on Amazon, that holds 36 k-cups, but your cabinets have to be 13 inches or deeper.  The larger holder could be installed under a corner cabinet.
As you can see from the first picture I did find a better tray.  Of course I found it at HomeGoods for $19.95.  I love it.  It’s just the right size for the canister and 4 cups.  The rest of the cups went into our coffee mug cabinet.
Let’s check out all of the trays prettiness.  I love the darker knots in the wood and it’s rustic feel.  They made it look like a freight box that was cut down to size.
Really love the great darker colors to the wood.

And you can’t have a rustic wood tray without some wrought iron handles.  Gorgeous!!!
So that is how I “decluttered” my kitchen counter.  Have you decluttered your counters?  What did you do?  Did you use a tray?  Do you have any other ideas for decluttering your counters?  We would all love to hear your ideas.  Leave them in the comment section.  We all love some comment love!!!  :)
Thanks for stopping by everyone!!!  Have a great day!!!  :)



  1. says

    Jen, your counter de-cluttering is awesome. I am constantly fighting that battle myself. We are currently using a canister for our K-cups, but I'm really loving the under the counter solution. Genius and one less thing on the countertop. The wooden box you bought to corral everything is great too.

    On another note, thanks so much for the kind words you left on my blog today. It really is such a difficult day each year that amazingly has the power to bring us right back to those raw feelings, both here in NY and elsewhere. In some way I take a little comfort that it's something we all are bound by.

    Thanks again and be well!

    • says

      Hi Erin. awwwwww thank you. When I saw the k-cup under cabinet product on Amazon, I bought it right away {well after I measured my cabinet of course}. We are very excited to get some things off of the counter. It really is an uphill battle to keep the kitchen counter clear. Don't even get me started on my island counter. YIKES! It is the dumping ground for everything. Well one battle at a time right. πŸ˜‰

      Thanks for stopping by and becoming a follower. :)

      You are so right about the raw feelings of Sept. 11th each year. It really does bring you right back to that day all over again, 11 years ago.

    • says

      Jill, thanks for stopping by and for becoming my newest follower. I know, I love this under the cabinet storage. There should be more things that come in under cabinet storage. :)
      I'll be back for the blog hop…it's so much fun!!! :)

  2. says

    We still brew coffee from a can, but the K-Cup under counter storage is brilliant! I know how great it feels to gain back that counter space. I recently created a coffee station that corralled everything in a basket, too! A tray would be too shallow for our stuff, but that doesn't prevent me from loving what you picked!

    Visiting from Serenity Now!

    • says

      Hi Claire, thanks for stopping by. Up to a few years ago we were still brewing our coffee too. But now we love our K-cups. I just love trays and baskets for stuff like this. Have a great day. :)

  3. says

    I don't even drink coffee but I totally want this!! I wonder what else could be put up under the counter! Thanks for joining the blog hop this week. I'm happily following you back.:)

    • says

      Hi Kadie, thanks for stopping by and for becoming my newest follower. :)
      You can brew all different teas with the Keurig also. πŸ˜‰
      I started searching around to see what else I could put up under the cabinets and it seems you can put knifes in a similar product to this coffee holder. Pretty cool.

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