Conquer The Kitchen Clutter!

Conquer the kitchen clutter: Organizing with trays for the kitchen counter! 
Keep your favorite and most used kitchen pieces handy but neat in a tray that matches the style of your kitchen. 

HOW TO DECLUTTER YOUR KITCHEN COUNTER

1. TAKE ALL ITEMS OFF OF THE COUNTER THAT DO NOT BELONG THERE

Put these items into the rooms where they belong.  If you have mail or paperwork that you need to keep on the counter, find a basket and place them in there.  You need to find a new landing place for these items so that they will not end up scattered on the counter

 

2. DECLUTTER THE ITEMS ON THE COUNTER

Clear out the clutter! That means remove items from the counter so there is not so much “stuff.”   Ideas include appliances, dishes, and other things.  Here is a way to know what you should do with them.

What to keep:

  • Appliances used daily
  • Items that work well and are not damaged
  • Your favorites

What to get rid of:

  • Things you never use
  • Items that do not work and are broken/damaged
  • You no longer like
  • You are keeping just because you feel you have to (gift, family item, etc.)
  • Things that prevent you from working (they are in your way)

 

3. FIND A HOME FOR YOUR APPLIANCES

To keep your counter clean, put the appliances you do not use daily away.  Find room in your pantry or cabinet.

Of course, if you do not have space for these, try to organize them into a place on the counter where they will be out of your way.

 

4. ARRANGE REMAINING ITEMS

 Set up things so that they function for you.  That may mean placing the napkin holder on the kitchen table instead of the counter.  You may want to put that favorite fruit bowl in the center and keep fresh fruit in it.

Decide what works for you and your family and set up your kitchen accordingly.

 

5.  FIND NEW STORAGE IDEAS

You may need to add a basket to catch your mail (see step 1 above).  It may mean a hanging shelf above the sink for your soap and sponge.  Perhaps you can add a utility holder by the stove and put your most used cooking utensils there.

Take a look around and figure out what you could put into something else and keep up off of the counter, but still easily accessible.

 

6. GET RID OF ITEMS

As soon as you declutter, take the things you no longer need and add them to your donate pile.  The sooner they are out of your home, the less likely you will be to try to bring them back in again.

*Organizing steps credited to: Penny Pinchin' Mom

*Photo credits: Pinterest

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