This Extendable Rack Is My Secret for a Clutter-Free Counter—and Kitchn Readers Can Get It for 15% Off

updated Mar 27, 2020
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You’ve probably heard me talk about my teeny-tiny kitchen before. Besides a dearth of storage space, I also have a compact countertop that doubles as both storage and workspace. I typically used my countertop to meal prep a few times a week and maybe twice on weekends, so it was easy to overlook the perpetual clutter. But in recent weeks, I’ve been spending the majority of my time indoors, especially in the kitchen, cooking three (!!) meals a day, and it’s made me realize the mess has to go. In my search for a solution, I discovered this expandable countertop rack from Yamazaki, which not only looks stylish but, as it turns out, is a total game changer.

When the tiered rack arrived, I assembled it in 10 minutes, then spent another 10 Marie Kondo-ing all of the clutter. Twenty minutes later, I suddenly seemed to have miraculously doubled the precious real estate on my small countertop. Now, my pantry essentials, tea collection, snacks, medicines, and even random kitchen knick-knacks all have a designated spot on the sturdy, stainless steel rack, which has a double-decker design that makes it easy to spot things and keep a tab on expiration dates.

The handy hooks are used to keep measuring cups, spoons, and kitchen scissors at hand for meal prep, and the space beneath is reserved for breakfast items, which has been especially helpful on days I struggle to keep my hangry vibes at bay during early morning work calls. Since the sleek and stylish rack expands and shrinks, it can fit over the kitchen sink, the stovetop, or in my case, against the only spare wall I have in the kitchen.

I’m happy to report that I now finally have a workable kitchen countertop that’s both calming and functional. The rack has helped bring the zen I need to get three delicious meals on the table during this especially stressful time and beyond. If you’re considering trying it for yourself, Yamazaki is offering Kitchn readers an exclusive 15% discount on orders of $100 or more (yes, their best-selling organization solutions are part of the deal) using code KITCHN15 at checkout. It’s the perfect opportunity to snag all the essentials you need to get your kitchen and home in order.

Buy: Expandable Kitchen Rack, $65 at Yamazaki