Clear clutter in 5 easy steps to clear for a more peaceful Christmas
Clear clutter in 5 easy steps for a more peaceful Christmas.

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…

 

Christmas clutter and chaos? Follow these 5 easy steps to declutter and destress this season.

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!

Step 1 – Clear the clutter

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.  

Christmas clutter and chaos? Follow these 5 easy steps to declutter and destress this season.

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?

Christmas clutter and chaos? Follow these 5 easy steps to declutter and destress this season.

It’s neatly stacked on my table and highchair!  Great solution right!  Unless…. you happen to eat at your table.  

Step 2 – Determine your space

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. 

Christmas clutter and chaos? Follow these 5 easy steps to declutter and destress this season.

Step 3 – Return items to their homes

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!

Step 4 – Sort out the remaining items

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.

Christmas clutter and chaos? Follow these 5 easy steps to declutter and destress this season.

Step 5 – Prepare for the inevitable

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!  

Christmas clutter and chaos? Follow these 5 easy steps to declutter and destress this season.

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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  • Decluttering is on my mind. I’ve been thinning a few things out as I come across them and realize I haven’t used them in # years, but for the most part I’m waiting until the new year, after I get Christmas stuff stored. It always seems like a mountainous task, but you make it seem very manageable.

    • Nadine says:

      Thanks Michelle 🙂 It is a mountainous task sometimes isn’t it! I feel like that with putting all the Christmas things away as well. We really pared down this year though. With a toddler and a crawler in the house I only put out about 1/2 of our Christmas decorations because I wanted them to be able to touch everything without any stress!

  • Thanks for the inspo! I need to declutter in the worst way! It’s such a great feeling once things are cleared up around the house!

    • Nadine says:

      Hey Rachel, it is so true! Once i realized how much stress our clutter was creating we went pretty hard core this year on paring things down. Hope your journey is easy and rewarding!

  • Home's Cool! says:

    Just finished my baking center (a section of cabenetry that is behind folding doors, a gigantic appliance garage with countertop space) which is the big collection area for our house. Not only does it collect things that need dealing with later, such as empty Altoid boxes, but also, it is a great place to lose a dirty dish, such as mixing bowl and beaters, because of shutting the door on all the mix-mess. Also…it usually has a layer of flour and powdered sugar on everything. Including the cute rosemary wreath I hung in there.

    Trouble is, most of the things in there belong in there.

    Still, your method works best. Remove everything and clean. Then replace what goes in there (which also should be cleaned, in my case!) Then deal with the rest.

    So, great post! 🙂

  • Deborah says:

    The island counter between our kitchen and dining area is by far the worst are for collecting clutter. Just getting the counters all cleared off makes me feel more relaxed…I think I’ll work on it right now! Thanks for the push I needed!

    • Nadine says:

      Hi Deborah 🙂 Thanks for visiting my blog! What is it with kitchen counters? Let me know how your decluttering goes! I always love before and after pics!!

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