I have a galley-style kitchen and I am terrible about clutter. Trying to reclaim the counter space we do have. I have 5 kids and often cook from scratch for everyone. I put all my big appliances on shelves in the adjacent laundryroom b/c there is absolutely NO pantry. I have had to put lots of things in surprising places... No where to put recycling etc. and we're always trying to catch up. Standard non-pantry 1980s galley kitchen. There is a breakfast nook that has space for a table that is a 4 person table, not more. Right now the breakfast nook is my midwifery study area as I am a student midwife. One more thing to keep organized... We only eat in the dining room.
We aren't in a mode to be able to remodel any time soon, so I'm looking for any suggestions for beating the paper and junk clutter on counters and making the kitchen space work best. We added a microwave cart at the end of the counter for more counter space, but it's the "clean" counter to me, so I don't want to get it wet/dirty/messy. Just cluttered. Thanks for any ideas.