Who doesn’t want a clutter-free kitchen counter? I know I sure do.
1,5 years ago, I struggled to keep my kitchen counter clutter free.
Oh, Did I struggle Hard. I used to search online a lot or read blogs, trying to find that one magic bullet that could set me free from the clutter. Whatever I did seemed not to work, I couldn’t figure out why on earth I couldn’t keep the kitchen counter clear. But when I set back and thought about all the steps I’ve been doing, I could easily see the mistakes I’ve been making. From there I knew what I had to do and solve the problem.
So I was on a mission. I tracked every step of action I have been making and doing. I figured the steps that were working and the ones that clearly wasn’t? I completely stopped doing it! I took action, tweaked, implemented different actions, and practiced more until it became a habit.
Wanna know what motivated me?
I wanted my kitchen to be clutter free that I can lay down on it counter
That was my vision for my kitchen counter. Sounds crazy right? However, as crazy it sounded.. it made sense to me. I wanted to have clear organized minimal counter. I wanted to use my counter whenever I needed and not worry about not having a space. That was my vision and motivation, and I worked hard on it, tweaked a lot and practiced until it became a habit.
The kitchen is counter clutter free, but with intention!
So What were my strategies to Clutter Free Kitchen Counter?
My main goal was to keep the counter minimal as possible. I wanted to be able to see the counter and use the counter whenever I needed it. I also wanted to enjoy my kitchen and not feel hard work when it came to cleaning. So to sum up the goal was simplicity, which meant I had to get rid off some appliance that wasn’t used in a regular basis.
Now that I had clear vision and goal in mind. I wanted to start by getting rid off appliances that took too many space. My kitchen is pretty small, so this step was necessary to start with. So I came up with only three appliances that I use every day.
This is the way I know I can function, and so my kitchen.
Oh boy, okay! I have to admit this is the part where I struggled most. It took me a several migraine and hair plucking to keep it clutter free. But I came with a solution that works for me right now.
Whenever there is post, I’ll do two things
Or archive it
If it’s important I’ll take action and put it in the drawer where I keep a small basket for those letters I need to come back too. If it isn’t a letter that doesn’t require my attention, I’ll archive it to one my folders I save keep.
This is works for me now, to manage my counter free of clutter. So far so good!
If it don’t belong here, it don’t belong here
The kitchen attracts all sort of things, from keys to schoolbags. So my motto for the kitchen is, if it doesn’t belong here, it doesn’t belong in here. It needs to be removed asap!
It has become one of our rule in the kitchen, and I’m glad the kids finally seemed to understand it too. I consciously make sure I model the same way.
If there is one thing I hate about counter clutter is the dishes and glasses scattered everywhere! And believe me I was pretty good at it and so were the kids (but they are little so hey, can hardly blame them) ;).
This is a pretty common issue, but it was something that I had to work on.
I made sure that every plates, cups, and glasses go right in the sink. If the sink gets full there is only one thing for me to do.. clean that up.
Putting things away!
I used to dump my groceries on the counter and half finish that job (yikes!), The funny bit is that I always end up being frustrated with why the kitchen is so clutter and messy. I give myself 5 to 10 minutes store everything where they belong, and most of the time I ask my kids to help me. More hands the better.
It only takes me couple minute to do it, and it’s worth it.
Having a new system that works feels great! Not only that, but I feel I am on top of everything that’s happening in the kitchen. Looking back to how the kitchen was functioned makes me cringe. If it weren’t my strategies and hard work, the kitchen would have been the same.
Do you have your kitchen counter clutter free? Are you struggling to keep it simplified?