Flat surfaces are dangerous for most of us. We see a counter and find something to put on it. School work, craft projects, folding laundry – just about everything but a regular meal happens at the dining room table.
Think about how you use the flat surfaces in your kitchen.
- Are the counters cluttered with kitchen items that are rarely used?
- Do you have stacks of mail, kids’ schoolwork, or electronics on the bar?
- Could you have dinner at your dining room table tonight without a major cleanup?
Clear surfaces allow us room to work, enjoy good meals with family and friends, and clean up easily.
Today’s decluttering goal is to simply pick up the paper and excess stuff on your counters and find a home for it.
- If you pay your bills in the kitchen or the kids do their homework at the dining room table, make sure you have a system for it.
- Is it convenient for you to recycle? If not, you’ll be cluttered again in no time.
- Do you keep a blender on your counter even though you rarely use it? Find a place in your pantry or cabinet to store it.
Make your kitchen counter truly a food prep area and not a storage facility. Think about where these things are going and how you can keep them stored properly going forward.
My goal for decluttering the counters today centers on mail, electronics, and kitchen appliances.
We stack mail on the bar and charge cell phones, cameras, and the Kindle there. My purse is usually on the barstool below. What does all this mean? My bar is unusable for its intended purpose. I’m not sure the bar stools have been used more than 2 times since we bought them 3 years ago.
Because I live in a townhouse, space is at a premium. No need to keep appliances on the counter if I’m not going to use them every day.
How will you declutter your kitchen counters and table surfaces today?