In fact, they can become a reality with this fool-proof guide to help you keep your kitchen counters clear.
The old adage 'tidy house, tidy mind' is particularly relevant when it comes to kitchens. For most people, the kitchen is the hub of the home, the central place where you spend the majority of your time, eating, drinking, entertaining and everything else in between! Therefore, it is easy for the place to become cluttered; especially the counter tops. However, have no fear: Stephen's tips are here to save you from your clutter woes...
Step 1: Out with the old... The first step is to take some time to evaluate every last item in your kitchen - and be ruthless. Do you really need that avocado slicer when a simple knife will suffice? Slim down your collection of glasses, plates, pans, bowls... Just keep enough for entertaining purposes. Unless you have more than 50 people in your house at once you probably don’t need the same number of mugs. Once you’ve cleared the decks, why not think about sending some items to a local charity shop?
Step 2: ...and no room for the new! On that note, refrain from buying any more kitchen utensils. As appealing as that banana bag is, you don’t really need it. Tempted? Take a minute in the shop to ask yourself: "Do I really need this Star Wars-shaped ice cube mould?" The answer is probably 'no'.
Step 3: Treat yourself – have one messy drawer If you are feeling anxious by step one and thinking you can’t possibly tackle the overwhelming challenge of junk in your kitchen, keep reading. It’s not all bad news! Even the tidiest of people need to embrace their inner hoarder every now and again. This can come in the form of a drawer.
It’s important to stress that this is not a cupboard. It’s only a drawer. However, it is your precious space, a sanctuary if you will, to be as messy and unorganised as you like. Put whatever clutter you can’t bear to part with in there; take-away menus and the like. But, be careful to not let this spread into any neighbouring drawers or cupboards!
Step 4: Tidy up a little each day The final step is to clean your kitchen little and often. Keeping on top of the clutter and not letting it pile up too much will save you time and effort in the long run. Take 10 minutes after breakfast to wipe around and clear away any bowls and cutlery you have used.
The dishwasher is a great hiding place for dirty plates and pans too! Repeat this process at the end of the day and you will soon make time for it in your routine.
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