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Jonny Quest

I wanted to get a lot of things of my kitchen counters & contain the “just getting home” clutter that gets placed on the peninsula. I had an alder entertainment center that I repurposed into a pantry. Now I have a spot for vinegars, wine, oils as well as canisters. I added slide in shelf baskets to contain dish cloths and used hooks on doors to store cutting boards. I store my stand mixer in the tv area. The cabinet below is where I store canned goods, cereal, tea & paper napkins. Now my counters just have the cooking essentials that I use weekly. The main cabinets do the same.

For the “just got home” clutter I converted two drawers as junk drawers for my husband and me. To the left of the door is a wicker shelving unit with 4 drawers used for dog stuff, gardening tools, and the top holes a mail keeper.
Because I can’t completely corral my husband’s habit of putting things down on peninsula I did contain it to one pretty platter. An inexpensive hook above the wicker piece is used for baseball caps.

But more than anything downsizing and removing things I don’t use was essential.

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celestina89

@Jonny Quest: Sounds like you got it figured out so it works nicely for you household. And I think that's the key. Each household is different in how it operated and the people involved. So close attention to that makes very good common sense. Maybe by posting your experience, others will also learn from it.

   
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Jonny Quest

Celestina89, It’s a never ending task to pinpoint how best to deal with clutter as things change as we grow older and our activities and use of the kitchen changes. But it’s far better than what it was a year ago.

I come to houzz more for the comments from other homeowners. I’ve gotten ideas from its users that have helped me. But more often than not I can begin to see things from a different perspective.

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