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August 18, 2015

How to Keep Your Kitchen Countertops Clear

It is absolutely hilarious that I am writing this post...Why? Because keeping our kitchen countertops clear is a constant battle in our home. In Jill Savage's book, "No More Perfect Moms", she explains that keeping up with this task can feel like shoveling snow while it's still snowing! She is so right! 

In the process of trying to figure out what works for our family, I have discovered 3 Easy Steps that make all the difference for us:

How to Keep Your Kitchen Countertops Clear
How to Keep Your Kitchen Countertops Clear

Make sure everything has a place! 
Immediately toss junk mail - don't let it sit.
Create a designated place for backpacks, purses, jackets/coats, etc.
Provide your family with a large bowl or basket that is intended to house car keys, tech devices, etc.

Put away items you don't use on a regular basis.
For example, when it comes to appliances that you don't use every day, store them in your cabinets.
If you find yourself low on storage space, consider storing some of your seasonal items in another location in your home.

Clear your counters every.single.night.
Before you go to bed, make sure your counters are clear - I typically tackle this task after dinner while the rest of my crew tidies up our family room area. This is also when I load the dishwasher: Load/Start the dishwasher at night - Empty in the morning -
Another habit that has made all the difference in our house!

Clearing your counters may seem overwhelming at first, but if you start doing it every night, less will accumulate over time, and the task will not seem quite as overwhelming each time. Enlist help from the entire family! Encourage them to take responsibility for their stuff. Ask them to help you brainstorm ideas for how to get organized and keep up with this!

See the photo to the left? That's what our kitchen island typically looks like around dinner time...
See the photo to the right? That is my goal! 

Do I always reach my goal? Not always - especially on the weekends - but when the counters are clear, I feel like I can breathe a little easier, so we try to make it happen as much as possible.

When I go to bed with clear counters, I wake up to clear counters!
I love when that happens...even if by lunch time it looks like a bomb went off once again.