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Cluttered countertops affect all of us at one point or another. But seemingly not Joanna Gaines, whose farmhouse-style kitchens always look beautifully edited. Such is the reason that, when pouring through her new design book, Homebody, we paid extra close attention to her countertop styling advice. 

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Lisa Petrole

First things first: If you're lacking prep space, Jo says you need to "clear your counter of everything but the essentials." Read: Everyday spices, cooking oils and utensils. She then goes on to suggest using your "cutting boards to keep items organized." By using your cutting board as a decorative tray of sorts, the win is twofold: You corral your essentials in a neat vignette and your cutting board doubly earns its keep as countertop real estate.  

Peep the photo above—how clever and kitchen-appropriate? We swoon for a good function-meets-design moment. 

RELATED: The One Christmas Tradition We're Stealing from Joanna Gaines 

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Courtesy of Harper Collins

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