What to do? You may notice two cutting boards (red and white) and two sink mats (also red and white) behind the sink. The red ones are for meat, and the white ones are for dairy. Every time I wish to put a dish on the counter, I first lay down a cutting board; every time I need to put a dish in the sink, I put down a sink mat. Annoying, but there you go.
Also, I have made an official prayer-and-religious-study area of my apartment! I turned the rocking chair so that it faced East (and I am really trying to use that chair only for those purposes), laid down the rug about halfway between the bed and the chair, and put my pink lamp in line with the rug.
Right next to where the chair is now is a fireplace; it is boarded up, but it still has a nice, deep mantlepiece. On this mantlepiece I put my tallitot and tefillin (in separate piles, so I can grab a tallis on the Sabbath without worrying about touching the tefillin, which are forbidden), as well as the ritual books that I hope to use every day: my Bible, my Book of Psalms, and my favorite Prayerbook.