Trying to prep a meal in a tiny kitchen can be incredibly frustrating because you don't have enough room for anything. If you reserve your countertops for food prep only, however, you can alleviate some of that frustration.
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There's nothing wrong with decorating your kitchen, but the more you leave out in the open, the less room you have for utility. That's why Cambria Bold at The Kitchn suggests you forego using counters as storage or decorating space:
Keep your countertops completely clear and reserved exclusively for prep. This means no storage pieces, no small appliances, no extraneous decor, nothing. Countertops are for cooking, period.
Keep your appliances organised in a cabinet. Put your knives on a magnetic wall strip instead of a knife block. Save the decorative knick-knacks for other rooms. And make an effort to put something away, not put it down. Flat surfaces are clutter traps, so don't let it happen to you. You'll be much happier, and have more room to chop, cut, cook and prep.