Jan 10, 2013

the newly uncluttered kitchen counter

I have a long stretch of counter in my kitchen that on a typical day looks like this...


Actually that is not a typical day. On a typical day there are a pile of dishes on the dish towel. A tool or lunchbox or box of cereal is also on the counter. Not to mention the random matchbox car.

After seeing the Fintorp series on a recent trip to IKEA I knew it would a great solution to my cluttered counter. 



I loved the look of everything up off the counter. One thing I've realized about myself is that I work better keeping a neat and orderly house when I set boundaries. This system of a railing which holds baskets for various kitchen items is a perfect example. Each basket contains things such as sugar, coffee, oil for cooking, salt pepper, etc. If an item does not fit in the basket it is not allowed on the counter. 

I purchased four of the rails in black as well as a four wire baskets and two caddies. After laying it all out on the counter the entire rail system measured out to 7.5 feet. Each rail can lock into the next rail so your can create the look of one seamless wall organizer. 





First be sure to find the studs in your wall. My husband helped me out with this part and after way too many stud finder jokes the hardware was up. I didn't worry too much about spacing the hardware, even though they are beautiful pieces on their own. I love it when screws aren't exposed. Am I the only one that buys a piece based on that? Once all the baskets were up the focus would be on what was in them and not on the mounting hardware. It was much more important to have the hardware screwed into the studs. 

I was putting baskets up at the same time as the rails. I'm not very patient and kept using the excuse that I had to secure the hooks first.



After everything was secured and hooked on I added the various baskets and caddies. One basket holds cooking supplies and is situated right next to the stove. The next basket holds sugar and coffee. 



Next to the sugar and coffee basket is a caddy. They are meant for utensils but I purchased two of them and placed them right in front of the outlets which I'm happy to hide. 


Inside one caddy is my cell phone and charger. Inside the other is my husbands. When we need to charge our phones we just slide the caddy over and plug them in. 



After that is another basket with tea bags and a plant (fake of course). The baskets slide back and forth on the hooks. I purchased extra hooks in case I ever want to hang something like scissors, kitchen utensils or even a dishtowel. 



The final basket was a last minute discovery. Each basket comes with a tray on the bottom. A very heavy removable tray! I took the tray out of this basket and it has become the drying rack. My home is still in the sippy cup phase so there is always a lid or cup drying on the counter. They fit perfectly in this basket and dry much quicker since they are not on a slightly damp towel anymore. I never like the look of the typical large drying rack. They always became a dumping ground for me.



Since this system is supposed to keep me neat and organized I'm thinking of drafting a kitchen agreement. If an item is too heavy or large to fit in the drying basket I have to immediately put it away. If an item is not meant for any of the other assigned baskets it has no right to be on the counter. If your cell phone is charged put the charger back in the caddy.




The Fintorp rail and baskets have been up for about a week now. The new system is definitely working. Here is the before and after...





Once my daughter saw it up and the counter clean she announced, "Oh good, now we have room to put more things on the counter!" I'm going to have to show her the new kitchen agreement. She's almost ten. I think she's old enough to sign it.


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43 comments:

  1. It adds so much charm to the kitchen!!! The perfect combo of function and pretty. Your daughter should definitely sign the contract. ;) I think I should print up a few for my kids. I battle counter clutter alllll the time. Drives me nuts. (We have a marble tile backsplash, so this organization method wouldn't work for me, but I really love it in your kitchen!)

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  2. Wow what a difference that makes to the space! It looks great, I'm going to have to steal this idea perhaps in my kitchen :)

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  3. Looove the stretch of open counter. And your kitchen contract. And don't worry, when you run out of projects at your house, you are welcome to come over here and start up all over again! ;)

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  4. LOL I loved the comment your daughter made. Seriously too funny!

    Great looking counters. We don't have IKEA near us, but this would be great if we did. I am always looking for ways to get my potatos and banana's off the counter.

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  5. I am wondering about the white jars w/ blue lids, where did you get or did you just paint them? Also, what happen to the knives, and paper towel holder?
    LOVE IT....and want to do this, but in my bathroom.
    THANKS
    refurbishedhome@gmail.com

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    1. The jars were purchased at Target and the flower pot is from the Container store. My knives are in a wooden knife block which I moved to another section of the kitchen. I considered putting the paper towel roll right on the bar itself but it took up too much room. I've now moved that to under my sink.

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  6. what a great idea for the bathroom !!! I'd put up the office type baskets for towels etc. even
    While I like it for the kitchen too - my problem is appliances not little clutter :(

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    1. This system would work great in a bathroom, office, craft room, etc. I'm actually putting one up in my daughter's room at the moment to hold her markers and colored pencils. It will be on the wall above her desk using the white caddies.

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    2. AND a great idea for bathroom/laundry (mine is a combination - washer/dryer in bathroom)

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  7. How much height is available between your counter top and the bottom of you upper cabinets? I love this idea!

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    1. The height from the bottom of my cabinets to the top of my counter measure 19.5 inches. The measurement from the bottom of the baskets to the top of the rail mounting measures 11.5 inches. I centered it so that I could see the top of the rail. I've seen it mounted (at IKEA) much higher up as well. Hope that helps!

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  8. Thank you, thank you, thank you, so much for sharing this! I love this idea. Just wish I could purchase online from IKEA since I live 4 hours away from one. My husband has to have everything out on the counters and it drives me crazy! This will be our solution! lin
    lbPrich@bellsouth.net

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    1. So happy you liked it! It sounds like IKEA need some more stores!!

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  9. "...after way too many stud finder jokes the hardware was up." Loved that line! I bought my single sister a "stud finder" for a gift once. She was not amused...
    I love Ikea, and my house is TINY. (500 sq. feet) with, if you can believe it, NO upper cupboards except for a tiny over-the-stove one! I am not even sure where I am going to put these, but I AM going to do this - you are an inspiration... Thanks so much...
    A new fan,
    Laura/Readerwoman

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  10. For those too far away from a store, go to the website, and click the button that says "buyable online" before you start browsing the Fintorp page...

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  11. wow ! This looks nice. I think I want to try this for the bananas, the three phone chargers and the Ipad charger. Talk about clutter! YOu are awesome!

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  12. What a great look, so clean and organized!

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  13. Those are fantastic! I need that for my kitchen! Especially love those little canisters with the blue tops. I've been eying those at Target! Fab!!

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  14. Love how it looks! Great job. Visiting from Pinterest. :)

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  15. I have been using a similar system for several years and oddly enough, it too came from Ikea. It is brushed stainless steel and I'm getting tired of it, so may need to change to this pretty set in your kitchen! With the stainless set, it actually does have a 'dish drainer' that hooks onto it and a paper towel holder as well. I also have the stainless magnetic bar where my knives are on the wall. Since I had a daycare in my home for years, I also kept my daily used silverware in one of the caddies because I have very little drawer space and it was easier to grab!Love your kitchen!

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  16. Well done! Love the jars you used... where did you get them?

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    1. The jars are from Target with a few from The Container Store.

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  17. Really nice. Looks so much better!

    Eva@RiverCliffCottage

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  18. Wow a huge difference! Good idea! Nicole from southern charm

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  19. This is so cute. I love IKEA, My cute 5 yr old grandson calls it "The Blue Store". Have been wanting to do this for years, but just have never taken the step. However, I haven't seen this style and like it much better than the other more modern look. I may have to just get this one. How much weight do the baskets hold?

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    1. This style is goes with so many kitchens. Each basket in my kitchen varies but the heaviest one weighs about 5 lbs. Make sure they are mounted into the studs in your wall. Good luck!

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  20. At first I wasn't so keen on it, but after looking at all of the pictures, I am hooked! It looks great! Asking the hubinator to do this! No more clutter! Awesome!!

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  21. Where did the white and blue canister set things come from? They are adorable. It all looks very nice together.

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    1. Thank you! I bought the cannisters from Target a couple months ago.

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  22. Well that's just ugly.

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  23. Hello.. I love it too and curious how to find the flower pot from the Container Store. I looked and can not seem to locate it on their website. Maybe its gone. :( Very functional and pretty at the same time Thanks for sharing!!

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  24. I really like this! Also, one should always keep ELECTRIC wires in mind when drilling or driving screws into a wall.

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  25. so I'm going to buy this system for my kitchen, but have to do so online! We don't have a store near us. There are two different size rails and 2 different size caddys...do you know which sizes you bought?

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    1. I bought 4 of the 24 inch rails to cover my whole space. They link together and you can’t even tell. Good luck!

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  26. It looks lovely. One question though. Where do you keep your toaster & coffee pot? Those are things that are always on my counter.

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    1. I have another stretch of counter that holds my toaster oven and coffee pot. The toaster is used 24/7 around here!

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  27. Nice job. Questions:
    1. Are the canisters white-white or off-white?
    2. Are the baskets painted wire or coated wire? Now that you've used them a while, has the finish degraded (especially on the dish drainer basket)?

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    1. The canisters are a white-white and were found at Target. The baskets are poster coated steel. They have been up for just over a year and show no wear on the finish whatsoever!

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  28. I like it BUT what about your small appliances where is your coffee maker, toaster, blender, stand mixer? A coffee maker can stay in use 8 hours a day for a stay at home java junky.

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    1. I have a lot more counter space to the right of my sink. That is where the toaster over and is (and occasionally the coffee pot). Everything else is used sporadically so are kept in cabinets.

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  29. I absolutely love this and am totally going to do it in my kitchen! One question though, how long are the baskets? Are they the 7 3/4 inch long ones or the 11 3/4 inch long ones?

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