solution to kitchen counter clutter

No matter how hard I try, the kitchen counter just seems to collect clutter.

lots-of-kitchen-countertop-clutter

Paperwork, receipts, mail, sunglasses, random toys, cords, ipads, phones … it all accumulates right here.

before-clutter-on-counter

Ryan suggested that we find some sort of organizer to sort this mess.

Then he went to the thrift store and found this beauty:

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He totally inherited his mom’s knack for finding good things in the midst of junk.

The 70′s wood grain side panels were a bit much, so I took it outside and sprayed the whole thing green – partially because it is a fun color, partially because it was all we had.

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spray-paint-old-file

I’m not always a great spraypainter, but this one actually turned out great. The key is making sure there is no dust or dirt on the item, shaking the can for a long time, then spraying one pass at a time, releasing the spray nozzle each time. I did several light coats {letting each one dry for a few minutes} and it came out smooth and without major drip marks.

Now here it sits on the kitchen counter, organizing all of that kitchen counter clutter.

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I’m not sure if that basket will stay, and I will probably tire of the green and spray it white, but for now it serves its purpose of corralling the clutter.

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The random paperwork, receipts, cords, sunglasses are all still there, they’re just a bit more organized.

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If you can’t find a funky 70′s metal organizer with faux wood stickers on the sides at your local thrift store, I have found a few great options available online:

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Here’s to practical solutions for the inevitable clutter.

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17 Responses to solution to kitchen counter clutter

  1. Shalini May 20, 2013 at 4:25 am #

    Nice organiser. Unfortunately, my mess isn’t just restricted to one place! :(

  2. jami nato May 20, 2013 at 5:22 am #

    is that color?!

  3. Jenn @ A Simple Haven May 20, 2013 at 5:47 am #

    Your sweet husband went to the thrift store? Love it. :)

  4. Pine Tree Home May 20, 2013 at 6:16 am #

    I really really like the color and what a great find from that Hubby of yours. Simple, Clean lines and Great color.

  5. Estela May 20, 2013 at 6:23 am #

    I love this idea, thanks for sharing. I love old office supplies.

  6. Kelly May 20, 2013 at 6:54 am #

    Oh my goodness, you used rocks to hold down the dropcloth. I just had a ” duh” moment. Why didn’t I think of that? My dropcloth almost always flies up from the wind and sticks to whatever I’m painting. I tend to rush through projects and never really thought of it how to fix that, but now I will.

  7. Terri May 20, 2013 at 7:38 am #

    LOVE!!! I thought my house was the only one with all that paper, cell phone ext. clutter! I already have an organizer but stuff tends to find its was on the counter. You have inspired me to pare down the “stuff”. If I was talented I would take a before and after pic! Terri :)

  8. jennifer May 20, 2013 at 8:13 am #

    After countless hours of perusing Amazon {military family in Japan!} I can’t wait to corral our iPad’s & kids tablets, they need a designated home. Now if only I can decide on a color to spray paint it. Any suggestions, I’m a neutral lover like you!

    Here’s the link to my new treasure.. The closest lines to yours :)

    http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00006ICGZ/ref=pe_309540_26725410_item

  9. Carrie May 20, 2013 at 8:42 am #

    That’s a great solution! And thanks for the spray paint tips! My new office has the exact same organizer–only a boring old grey. Love your green. :)

  10. Alyson May 20, 2013 at 4:23 pm #

    I love this idea! I have the exact same problem! I am going to look for something like that. I bought something similar to #6 but the ipad and sunglasses, keys etc still spill over!

  11. Tonia May 20, 2013 at 5:49 pm #

    LOVE the retro organizer…such clean lines. And the pop of green really works. How sweet that Ryan is a thriftier!!

    Is that great floral print by you? I’d love to have it.

  12. Lindsay May 21, 2013 at 1:41 pm #

    Love the pop of color!

  13. KMP Modern May 21, 2013 at 4:56 pm #

    Wow, what a great find! I can never find something that I’m actually looking for in a thrift store. And I love that green color you sprayed it. It’s perfect for spring/ summer. I think your organizer is a much better choice than your picks and probably a lot cheaper!

  14. Erika May 22, 2013 at 11:36 am #

    It works just fine for me…what happened to all the glass containers you had lined up against the wall that are seen in previous kitchen posts?

    • emily May 23, 2013 at 11:28 am #

      we still have them … some are in the pantry and some are on the counter to the left of the sink.

  15. rae May 29, 2013 at 12:57 pm #

    love this! perfect.

  16. Janie June 6, 2013 at 6:11 pm #

    Love the green paint on the metal organizer. I would recommend some prettier brackets for your shelves! I found some stylish brackets at http://www.lookintheattic.com that really made my shelves stand out!

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