I don’t know about you, but somehow my home always seems to gather several “hot spots” where things collect. I’m not really sure how they get there, or where some of the stuff even comes from, but it’s there alright. the island counter is one of the worst areas in our home. But in 5 easy steps I was able to take it from Clutter Chaos to Breathtaking Beauty. And you can too!
My long island counter used to divide the area between my kitchen and dining room. Recently, we moved it so that it runs under the window in our dining room. The idea was that this would deter the clutter from accumulating because people would have to walk further or go around our table to place the unwanted items upon the counter. I was sorely mistaken. And so… here we are…
I really don’t like cluttered counters. Especially this counter because it is highly visible in our home and I use this space a lot throughout the day. (But I am absolutely sure this has nothing to do with the ballooning mounds of debris….)
I’ve been meaning to do it for weeks but somehow we just never make it back to this clutter-fest. So, I declared war on my clutter one day last week. I got the kids on board (despite their suprising lack of enthusiam ). In less than an hour (including washroom and snack breaks) we took it from chaos to control!
The first step is to remove everything (with the exception of the printer and modem) from the counter. Give your surface a wipe down – my counter shines so nicely after a quick wash. Voila! Perfection.
Okay, so we aren’t quite done. There are a few decorations that I want to put out for the Christmas season to keep the counter feeling as festive as my windowsill. What did I do with all the clutter?
It’s neatly stacked on my table and highchair! Great solution right! Unless…. you happen to eat at your table.
When I went to sort out the clutter that was now consuming my kitchen table, I realized I was attempting to address the problems backwards. Usually we take what already has a home and put it away, and then try to figure out how to clean up what is left. Instead, I decided to put what I wanted on my counter first.
As you can see, there isn’t a lot gracing my counters. There are still a lot of leftovers to deal with. I started by sorting the clutter on the table while my kids played runner for me. (They hate trying to clean and organize but if i give them a straightforward task they love it – so when i’m cleaning up they are my runners. I give them one item (or sometimes several if they are all going to the same location) and their job is to run it to it’s home and then come back to me for the next job. This step actually went really quickly. I’d say about 90% of the stuff on the counter was just stuff that hadn’t been put away. This step took us only 10 minutes!
There are always a few things left over that don’t have a home. Perhaps they’re new, they don’t really fit with anything else you have, they need to be returned to somewhere or someone, or you just don’t need it. So sort through your things. I have a bin in my front entry cupboard for items that need to be returned to others – a few items disappeared into the bin. There were a couple of things I wanted to donate, so they went into a bag to be put by the front door for drop off at a local thrift store on our next outing. What remained for me was all the office supplies.
I have small containers of office supplies that I use regularly and wanted to keep handy. We have been using Thrive freeze dried products for a while but with the current cost of exchange and shipping I haven’t ordered in a while so I reordered my cupboards below the counter to make room for the office supplies.
Before the doom and gloom, sit and have a warm cup of tea and enjoy the site of your newly cleaned and organized space. It may not last long…. without a plan. Items have a way of collecting. When you can follow the steps again: clear your area, sort the clutter, return things to their homes and deal with any remaining items. Even if you can only do 1 or 2 steps a day in your most cluttered areas, it will make a difference! And a clutter free organized home feels good!
Much better! So where is the hot spot in your home? Do you have any great tips or tricks for controlling your clutter chaos?
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