A general rule of thumb is that if you don’t reach for it every day, it doesn’t have to be on your counter. “Edit the things that take up space but aren’t actively used,” Williams says.
To wrangle the remaining items, pick up trays, baskets, and other inconspicuous containers. Placing pieces in designated spots will prevent them from taking over an unnecessary part of the counter space and will make them look more purposeful. This does not require spending in the Container Store. Buy your own house instead. For example, a rarely used water jug can also serve as a utensil in the kitchen.