These two photos show my countertop as it was before my mission this week.
This plate rack is the kitchen piece that I wanted to re-purpose and incorporate to help with the organization. I considered using glass plates that I already had, but I found these metal bowls at Walmart and decided to use them because they would hold so much more that a flat plate.
I filled one bowl with creams and lotions, another with cosmetics, and the third with nail polish and manicure supplies.
I think this is a good use for the old plate rack that I haven't used in several years. It will keep some of those often used items handy and in sight, but they will be off the countertop. Clean up will be easy because it can be picked up with one hand to wipe underneath. Now if I would just get inspired to organize the drawers and cabinets underneath the countertop.