When you walk into a kitchen the FIRST thing that you notice is the counter tops and if they are cluttered or not. A home IS NOT homey by having a counter full of things. There is ABSOLUTELY no need to have EVERYTHING on your counters. If you want to declutter your kitchen quickly—-clear off some counter space. Now this does not mean you should take everything and shove it into a cupboard—NO!!! You need to find a place for everything.
The insides of your cupboards should be clean as well as your drawers. The last thing to do is the surface. There is probably some type of paper clutter in here—-REMOVE it. If you need to have a spot in here, designate an area for that.
Put appliances AWAY. It takes only a few extra seconds to take out your appliances to use them. I use our water kettle all day long, I leave that on my counter top. I have no toaster, no blender, or no salt and pepper shakers. Everything is put AWAY.
I do store my large kitchen spoons on the counter in this container. I find that if they are in my drawers they are more susceptible to getting jammed inside, so I put them in here. Out of the way, but convenient for me as I am mixing up some meals.
I took a photo of what I use to dry my dishes on now. I used to have a drying rack BUT it took up so much space on the counter and then I felt it was a pain to keep taking it out for each meal. I got this XL microfiber drying mat from Walmart for like $6. The BEST investment. This has minimized the amount of dish towels we use and it absorbs so much water. I LOVE it. Well worth the small investment. I keep 2 in rotation.
I have nothing else to show you for the counter tops. I have nothing else to obstruct my work, nothing else to have to wipe down each week, nothing else to create more STUFF in my life. It works best this way.
Clear it off!!!! Find a place for everything, put away all the pretty knicknacks and decorations. Keep it simple. Make your life simple.
If you are worried you will miss it, put it in your box to donate and then let it sit. If you decide in a few weeks that you REALLY want it back, go get it out.
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