A Cute Way To Declutter Your Kitchen Counters

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We are still in spring cleaning mode here so I’ve been organizing and cleaning everything. My focus this past weekend was on our kitchen. Since it’s the most used room in our home it’s the hardest to keep clean. Every time I think all the dishes are done I discover another one in the sink!

While spending all that time in my kitchen I dreamed of one day being able to update it. I’d change up the color palette to reflect my style, update the appliances and add more counter and cabinet space. I’ve been entering contests (like this Scotch-Brite™ Scrubstakes one where someone will win a $20,000 kitchen makeover for sharing if they are team sponge or team dish cloth-I’m team sponge btw!), in hopes that I can update my kitchen sooner rather than later. There are so many things I’d want to change but in the meantime I have to make do with the kitchen space I have.

Yesterday one of the things I worked on was cleaning and organizing my countertops. A lot of things tend to get left on the counters, from cups to mail to items bought at the store that never found their way in to the pantry. Since we have such a small home, our counters get crowded very quickly. To declutter the sink area and make it look nicer I used a metal cake stand to hold things that needed to stay out. Now, instead of things just sitting on the counter, they had a home and were part of the decor.

The first things I did was put dish soap in a pretty container instead of setting it out in the bottle it came in. I used a mason jar with a pump on the top and added some decorative ribbon to it.

Along with the dish soap I put out some sponges in a sponge holder that would keep them upright and allow them to dry. Sponges have always been my kitchen cleaning tool of choice. I used them as a child when I did my chores and I still prefer them now as an adult because they make cleaning up messes so much easier. I really love the ones that have scrubbing sides so that I don’t need to use as much effort to wash the dishes or scrub the stove top.

Since we go through a lot of sponges I like to buy the multi-packs so we don’t run out. We bought our Scotch-Brite sponges at Food 4 Less in the cleaning aisle. Make sure to grab the coupon below from coupons.com before you head to the store! You can save $1 on any two packs.

There are a variety of sponges and I recently learned that each has different uses and is designed for specific surfaces. I used to use the same sponge for everything not realizing that I was ruining my non-stick pans and porcelain sink with materials that weren’t meant for those surfaces.

Now we mainly use two different types of sponges- Scotch-Brite® Heavy Duty Scrub Sponges and Scotch-Brite® Non-Scratch Scrub Sponges.

Scotch-Brite Heavy Duty Scrub Sponges (the green ones) are great for the kitchen, garage and outdoors. They can be used on pots, pans, oven racks, grill racks, tools, tires and sinks. They also clean tough, baked-on messes 50% faster than other competitive sponges.

Scotch-Brite Non-Scratch Scrub Sponges (the blue ones) can be used on Non-Stick cookware, counter tops, cook tops, tubs, shower tile, windows, and dishes. They can safely clean non-stick cookware without scratching surfaces.

I’d love to hear how you keep your kitchen clean and organized. Share your tips in the comments below.

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  1. robin rue says

    That soap dispenser is wicked cute. That would look awesome on my counter :)

  2. I always use Scotch Brite sponges. They are great. Your little cake stand organizer is so cute!

  3. That is so awesome! I love what you did with the soap dispenser. It is so cute! I should do this in my kitchen.

  4. How cute! I need to do this. My kitchen counter is awfully cluttered, and this would really help.

  5. Your sink area really looks great, I love that cake stand to keep things organized and on a different level. The DIY soap dispenser is also a great idea and very decorative.

  6. You have some great decorating ideas there! I am not a good decorator so I love ideas that people come up with. I will definitely do something like this in my kitchen.

  7. I’m loving your DIY kitchen de-cluttering. That is something that I need to do. My kitchen is one of the smallest rooms in the house and it always looks like a tornado just went through it. That soap dispenser is awesome, and you can change it if you get bored with one style.

  8. DIY soap dispensers are totally cool. These are great ideas I’d like to do to my counter!

  9. Elizabeth Lampman says

    I love the look of this soap dispenser. I am always looking for ways to declutter my kitchen.

  10. I need a new soap dispenser for my kitchen and bathroom. I will have to get the supplies I need to make some this weekend.

  11. Amy Desrosiers says

    I am also Team Sponge! I love that Scotch Brite has a sponge for all surfaces!

  12. My counter space is very limited, so i really need to do my best to keep them decluttered so I can have space to cook!

  13. Funny these are the exact sponges I use. Your kitchen can never be too clean, and they do the job for sure.

  14. Your soap dispenser is so cute! We always use Scotch Brite sponges. They last so much longer than other brands.

  15. This is a great idea! I love that cute design you did with the soap dispenser.

  16. I love how you used the cake stand to help organize to counter space. It is such a cute idea.

  17. We don’t have much counter space here and it gets cluttered quite quickly. I use Scotch Brite sponges all the time in the kitchen.

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