Start with as much free benchtop space as you can get. Clear the benchtops - put everything away where it belongs (few things really need to be stored on the benchtop). This includes items from other area's of the house such as toys, paperwork, bags, hats or books. Wash and put away dishes or stack in the dishwasher. Put out the rubbish and recycling so you have plenty of space in the bins. ..