These smart organizing ideas will uncover counter space you never knew your kitchen had.

By Real Simple
Updated February 12, 2018

The kitchen may be the heart of the home, but because it’s where everyone hangs out, it also inevitably becomes a chaotic landing pad for everything you own. Luckily, we have a few smart space-saving ideas that will rescue this room in just a few minutes. Give your countertop a clean sweep, and you’ll be surprised how much surface area you’ll find hiding under the mess.

Store Coffee Pods in a Drawer Organizer

Corral loose K-Cups into a rolling drawer that can slide under your coffee maker. Stash different flavors in each divided section so you know exactly where to grab them. If you have the room for it, consider investing in a carousel-style organizer that can hold more than 30 cups.

Create a Coffee Station

If coffee mugs are taking over too much countertop real estate, simply hang your favorite mugs on your backsplash using Command hooks. They’ll be out of the way, yet always within reach.

Decant Pantry Staples Into Stylish Containers

Store pantry mainstays, like flour and sugar, in pretty canisters that match your decor. This trick will keep frequently used ingredients easily accessible, while the leak-proof containers will prevent spills.

Stack Dishes on a Tiered Serving Tray

Take advantage of vertical space by using a tiered serving tray to store some favorite dishes and bowls. Display your most colorful dishes to add a pop of color and liven up the room.