I was given a StoveTopper in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own!
If you faithfully read my posts, you have probably picked up on the fact that I live in the world’s smallest home with 3 kids and a husband. To say that we are lacking space is a major understatement. I feel like our house is shrinking minute by minute, and let me tell you, it’s hard to keep things in order when there’s so many people living in a place with hardly any space! Since I have lived in this 1,000 square foot home for almost 10 years, I have learned a few tricks over the years to maximize counter space, so I thought I’d share with you what they are!
How to Maximize Counter Space
1. Store away appliances that you only sometimes use.
If you don’t use your toaster or can opener every single day, there really is no reason to keep it on the counter! Tuck it in a cabinet where it’s easily accessible but out of sight. I have a bar that has storage under the counter with an electrical outlet, so I store my toaster under there and just plug it in and stick it on the counter for only the times I need it. When I am done, I unplug it and stick it right back underneath. Easy peasy!
2. Don’t let counters become catch-alls. Create a command center, to keep messes at bay.
My kitchen is teeny tiny, so if even one or two things get sat on the counter, it clutters up the entire kitchen. Mail, toys, my husband’s random tools, and my blogging stuff often make its way to my kitchen and that creates clutter really fast. To help keep things from being spread all over, I keep a basket on the end of the bar by the wall and make it a point to clean it out once a week. My kitchen is too small to have a command center so it’s in another room. The basket helps to keep counters clear and me from going insane until I can get those items to the command center to be organized.
3. Make it a habit to declutter/clean off counters every day.
This is the hard part for me since cleaning off countertops is an ongoing thing and frankly, I just get sick of always cleaning up, but alas– it has to be done! This past year, I have made it a habit to completely clean off my counters and make them shine every day. Every time I am in the kitchen throughout, I always do some method of cleaning. Whether it’s just a quick swipe of a toy or appliance off the counter, sticking the dishes in the dishwasher or cleaning countertop surfaces, I have found that doing this throughout the day keeps me from being overwhelmed and keeps me on top of my cleaning. Also, if I am in the kitchen cooking, I always clean as I go. I don’t wait until the end to put everything away. Sometimes when I feel overwhelmed I put off cleaning, which always makes it hard to keep things in order. I feel more accomplished when I do smaller tasks throughout the day, and it’s not as overwhelming.
4. Use the stove as countertop space with a StoveTopper!
If you’ve done all the above steps and you’re still struggling with countertop space, and/or if you want to make your stove look sleek and fancy, then you MUST get a StoveTopper. When I first discovered the StoveTopper from a friend, I instantly fell in love! When I saw this product online, I knew I had to have it as it would solve a lot of my countertop issues. And, I knew it would also spruce up my old stove and give it new life.
Basically, instead of having 4 individual burner covers, a StoveTopper is a one-piece burner cover that covers the entire top of your range. It creates ample counter space so when you’re stovetop is not in use, you can use it for whatever project in the kitchen you need to work on. I like the fact that when we have people over, I can utilize my stove as counter space and place things on top of it! And, since my stove has seen better days and has some cosmetic issues, the StoveTopper covers that right up and makes my little old kitchen look sleek and more modern. I just love it! Just make sure you have a place to store it when you’re using your stove. Obviously you can’t cook on it because you would create a fire or something…and that wouldn’t be good! I put mine in between my fridge and dishwasher..it tucks away perfectly while I need to cook or bake .
Now that I have you convinced to get one of your own, head over to the StoveTopper website, follow the instructions to measure your stove top and select the correct StoveTopper according to those measurements. Then, you’ll select the finish you want, pay and StoveTopper will ship right to you! Now, if you have a unique stove, StoveTopper does custom orders, so don’t let your uniqueness shy you away from ordering one! And, when you order a StoveTopper, you’re supporting small business. Which is something I am striving to do more and more!
I think the StoveTopper is my absolute favorite way to maximize counter space. What is your favorite way?!