4 Smart Ways to Declutter Your Kitchen Counter and Sink

Minimalist kitchen sink counter with The Polished Jar glass bottle soap dispensers

We do a lot of hard and messy work at our kitchen counters and sinks. Dishes, cooking, cleaning, and tons of other chores can make the kitchen feel more like a workspace and less like an elegant, organized part of the home.

But, it doesn’t have to be that way. It’s easy to let the kitchen counter be absolutely covered in kitchen essentials like glass soap bottles, dishes, cleaning sprays, sponges, brushes, and more. This can create quite a mess that is not only stressful to look at, but doesn’t quite compliment your overall decor.

You don’t have to completely eliminate the clutter to make your kitchen counter or sink feel less cluttered. Check out just a few of our kitchen counter declutter ideas to start making your space more fashionable and functional.

Modern farmhouse kitchen sink counter with The Polished Jar glass bottle soap dispensers

1. Give your clutter a designated space

The things that occupy your kitchen space are probably there for a reason; soap, sponges, brushes, dishes, and everything in between. There doesn’t have to be zero mess for a space to feel more organized and clutter-free.

Clutter is only clutter if nothing is organized. If you find yourself constantly battling an explosion of items all over your kitchen counter and sink area, then you need to introduce some structure into your life. 

One of the easiest ways to do so is to give yourself a place to put things. That doesn’t mean you have to fill your counter with bulky storage boxes or clear out a new drawer beneath your sink. Instead, it can be as simple as a tray for your sponges, glass soap bottles, or anything else you want to put on it. 

Having a specific place to put things can make your space feel more organized and it gets things off your counter, offering a more clean, polished look. It can also greatly elevate your overall decor, with options like rustic wood or minimalist concrete in gorgeous neutral colors. There’s no reason your organization tactics can’t also be visually appealing! 

Modern farmhouse kitchen sink counter with wood tray and glass soap dispenser by The Polished Jar

2. Turn necessities into decor

Try throwing out some of your more generic junk and investing in kitchen necessities that make your home feel more polished and elegant! This pot scrub brush is a simple cleaning item, but also has a chic and elegant design that feels so much better than something cheap and plastic that’s meant to be thrown away after a few uses.

Investing in slightly higher quality cleaning tools and other kitchen accessories that are both functional and fashionable can really elevate your kitchen and help your space feel less cluttered. You don’t have to throw away the basic necessities, you just have to find them in versions that are appealing to you and help enhance your decor!

3. Add a personal touch

    We’ve said it before, but we’ll say it again -- turn the basics into something fabulous to make your kitchen space feel more put together. One of the best ways to declutter your kitchen is to ditch your plastic, disposable soap dispensers and replace them with reusable, glass soap bottles that can even be personalized. 

    Minimalist kitchen sink counter with tray and soap glass bottle dispensers

    These eco-friendly glass soap dispenser alternatives can make your home feel like a fancy restaurant or an elegant hotel by adding a personalized label or monogram to make them blend perfectly into your home. When your kitchen essentials are a part of your decor and perfectly match your style, they’ll stop feeling like clutter and start feeling like a part of the overall aesthetic of your kitchen and home.

    4. Make room for non-essentials

    Just because it’s your kitchen counter doesn’t mean it can’t be a fun space, too! Give yourself permission to add fun, but functional items to your counter like a place to put your rings and other jewelry while you wash your dishes or other small decorative items that help make your kitchen feel more like home.

    The Polished Jar Glass Soap Dispenser and Ring Dish on a Tray

    Functional items balanced with fun and fashionable items will help make your kitchen sink feel less cluttered and more organized because you’ve put thought into what goes there! Clutter really isn’t about the actual quantity of items, but rather how the items make you feel when you look at them and whether they serve a purpose that adds value to your day or not! 

    If you’re drowning in kitchen cleaning supplies, tools, and appliances, try replacing them with just a few personal non-essentials and watch how they elevate your entire space.

    A New Perspective on Clutter

    Decluttering isn’t about throwing everything away, it’s about reframing how you perceive the clutter. You can have a hundred items on your kitchen counter and it can feel perfectly organized if you’ve put time, thought, and effort into every item! 

    Invest in just a few elegant and thoughtful kitchen tools and accessories to make your entire kitchen feel less like a workspace you’re trapped in and more like a flawless part of your home that you can’t wait to spend time in.

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