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Easy tips to wrangle small appliance clutter and free counter space

Use these tips to organize your kitchen and end appliance clutter.

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Alina Bradford

Too many appliances and accessories combined with too little counter space can equal massive kitchen clutter.

You don't want to spend time searching for an appliance attachment. Pushing unused appliances to the side isn't fun, either.

It's time to get tough and nix what you don't need and organize the rest.

Round up the accessories

I don't know how many times I've tried to use one of my appliances and haven't been able to find the accessories for it. The paddle for the blender seems to disappear and the attachments for the food processer end up in five different drawers.

There is a simple solution. Take the manual and all the accessories and put them in a gallon-size zipper bag. Label the bag with large letters so that it is easy to identify and keep all of your accessory bags in a drawer or in a decorative box in the pantry.

For larger accessories, toss them into a large sealable bowl like the kind you put left overs in. Put a piece of masking tape on the lid and write the name of the contents on the tape. Then, simply store the bowl with the rest of the appliances in the cabinets.

Cut out the clutter

Chances are you have way too many appliances and not enough counter space. The first step is to be ruthless and donate what you don't need to charity. When paring down, see if you have two appliances that basically do the same thing. If so, get rid of one.

For example, if you have a waffle iron, you really don't need a panini press. You can make perfectly good paninis in a waffle iron. Another example would be if you have a blender and a health-shake bullet. While the bullet may be useful, your blender can do the exact same thing.

You can also buy one appliance that does the job of many. For example, I've had great luck with the T-fal 10-in-1 Rice and Multi-Cooker. It replaced my slow cooker, rice maker, yogurt maker, risotto maker and more. Another option would be to purchase a food processor that can do the work of a juicer, blender, chopper and mixer, such as the Velocity Ultra Trio or the DeLonghi DFP250 Food Processor and Blender.

Hide the less useful appliances

If you only use an appliance a couple times a week or less, store it out of the way. Wrap the cord around the unit, secure the cord to the unit with a rubber band and store the appliance in a cabinet.

Keep cords out of the way

Cords are a hassle to clean around and they can get tangled up. To fix the problem, wind excessive cords around the adhesive hooks applied to the bottom of your cabinets. This keeps the cords hidden, organized and out of the way.