Welcome to April gang! With a new month, comes a new space to tackle in the Organize & Refine Your Home Challenge. This one’s a biggie…are you ready for some kitchen organization my Pretties?? First up is kitchen countertop organization.
If you’re anything like me, the urge to spring clean is in full force right now. The kitchen is usually at the top of the list of spaces that could really use a deep cleaning. Problem is, it’s really difficult to deep clean a cluttered space. So let’s make it easier on ourselves by decluttering and organizing the heck out of that kitchen. What do you say?
KITCHEN COUNTERTOP ORGANIZATION
In the organizing industry, kitchen countertops are often referred to as “hot spots”, or areas that serve as a magnet for clutter. Any large flat surface in the home tends to be a magnet for clutter, but kitchen countertops are especially problematic. They tend to serve as a dumping ground for all things when we walk through the door.
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By putting your household drop zone and command center in place during the first month of the Challenge, you’ve hopefully been able to drastically reduce the volume of clutter on your kitchen countertops already. But there’s still the matter of that pesky pile of recyclables, the seldom-used army of small appliances, and those annoying flour/sugar canisters that are always getting in your way.
Not only are cluttered countertops almost impossible to clean, they make food preparation and cooking a frustrating and difficult task (and for Pete’s sake, if you’re as meal preparation-challenged as I am, you don’t need ANY additional hurdles in the kitchen to overcome) . This week, I’m challenging you to take a good, hard look at what items you’ve given permission to live on this most precious of real estate in your home. Perhaps it’s time to serve an eviction notice!
When organizing clients’ kitchens, I always started by removing every single thing from the countertops. After we put away the items that had just been dumped on the counter instead of placed in their designated homes, it was then time to get serious about establishing a no-clutter policy for kitchen countertops.
Translation: only items that were used in that kitchen on a daily basis were allowed back on the countertop.
I know this may seem hardcore, but the stakes are high in this organization project. Cluttered countertops leave you nowhere to unload the groceries, and no room to prepare your dinner. Kind of an issue, don’t you think? (plus, we’ll need to use those countertops as a staging area when it comes time to declutter the other areas of your kitchen later this month).
So what types of items are typically given permission to continue occupying valuable countertop space? Number one on the list always seems to be beverage-making accessories (smoothies, coffee, or tea). Rest assured, I won’t deny you your caffeine!
But let’s get creative and use those basic organizing principles to create a beverage station (or “zone”) that includes all the things you need to enjoy your beverage of choice. Take this awesome example of a kitchen desk turned coffee station over at the Bower Power blog. A creative use of vertical space, don’t you think? Perhaps there’s some underutilized wall space in your kitchen that could house some of those less frequently used items that you evicted your countertop, eh?
Wondering what to do with all of the items you removed from the kitchen counters that you plan on keeping but do NOT meet the stringent “daily use” criteria? Box them up and put them aside in another room. Only bring items back into the kitchen over the next few weeks if you find a need to use them. Otherwise, keep these items in the box and we’ll deal with them at the end of this month.
Your assignment for this week:
- Remove all items off of your countertops
- Give your countertops a good scrub down
- Gather all papers together and relocate to the appropriate place in your command center
- Place only items that you use daily back on the counters
- Box up remaining items, incorporating items back into the kitchen on an as-needed basis (you’ll need to find an alternative home for them)
- Create “stations” for frequently used items that are used in conjunction with one another
After you’ve completed this week’s assignment, share a photo of either the items you decided to delete from your countertops OR your clean and clear kitchen counters on Instagram (use the hashtag #2016OrganizeandRefineChallenge and don’t forget to tag me) and/or share it in the Refined Rooms Facebook community.
This post is part of the 2016 Organize and Refine Your Home Challenge