- Clear countertop surfaces daily. If the same type of items keep landing on the counters, stop and figure out why. If it is toys, train the kids to take the toys back to the play area. If it’s hairbrushes and toothbrushes, perhaps the items need to be moved into a kitchen drawer or first floor bathroom.
- Mark off designated areas for mail and kids’ paperwork. Don’t let it get strewn about or placed on the kitchen table, foyer table and kitchen counter. Stick to one system and one place to stash mail and paperwork.
- Hang up your purse or bags when you come home. Avoid dumping them on the counters or chairs. It may be as simple as installing hooks on a wall somewhere in your daily “traffic” pattern.
- Plan to have a “returns” or “errand” area next to the exit you use the most: in a closet, on a shelf, in a cabinet, or on a hook near the back or front door.
- Think backwards. Answer these questions in this order. What is essential to keep on the countertop? What do I use every day? Those items need to stay out. Then, what would I love to put away or hide that is currently sitting out? That is your goal now. To get those items out of sight. The final question is : What items inside the cabinets could I get rid of to make room for the items I want off the counters? Look for items you rarely use or food that has expired. That’s the easiest place to start.
- Corral ear buds, phone charging cords, and electronics. Keep the essential cords out. Wind up the others and stash them in a drawer or container in the office.
- Replace all leftover food storage containers with square or rectangle sizes. Round containers are harder to store and take up more space.
- Don’t turn the kitchen into an office. Keep the number of pens, pads of paper, and office supplies that are kept in the kitchen to a minimum, and store the rest in the office.
How much free space do you have on your kitchen counter right now?
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