I wish I didn’t think about kitchen counter organization as much as I do. One thing that’s helped: Little storage trays and small dishes for keeping life’s flotsam out of the way of my chef’s knife. I owe this to my mother’s steadfast rule that no non-cooking paraphernalia was supposed to languish on the countertop or kitchen table. If you find yourself swiping away junk mail and stray ear pods when you’d rather be busy preparing your mise en place, browse on for a few kitchen countertop organization ideas. Storage trays and basketsA sleek plastic storage tray is always handy (especially if you have small kids and expect you’ll be wiping fruit purée off whatever storage solution you choose).