While you can certainly find a ton of different contraptions meant to help manage water runoff from pots, pans, cutting boards, and dishes that require hand washing, most of them are not very elegant or efficient solutions.
We sometimes like to look to commercial environments to get an idea of the kinds of products and form factors that are the most durable and useful.
In this case, we’ve landed on these rubber mats–often seen on bartops and coffee counters–for helping keep our counters dry and tidy. You’ll find them under our coffee station and under the kitchen sponge at Cook House, and we also use them as drying mats in our own home. You can also easily cut them to fit specific areas, or even cut one edge to help divert water back into the sink. Price is for 2.