Today’s messy situation was submitted by Shea!
“I have a lot of trouble with clutter and organizing my kitchen, especially my kitchen counters. Could you please help me with some tips? I never know what to do with stuff we use all the time (lunchboxes, toaster, tupperware) so I just leave it sitting out. But that makes the kitchen look so messy.” – Shea
Shea, I definitely believe that you use those items all the time! But, consider this: How long would it take to put each thing away in a cabinet and then pull that one item back out again? 45 seconds total? Since your counters bother you, I think it’s worth 45 seconds of your time in order to keep the items in a cabinet so you can have a fresh, clean space all day long!
Plus, consider the time you spend working around or moving your counter clutter. I’m guessing that it’s probably more time than it would take to put the things in a cabinet and pull them back out as-needed. This means that having your appliances out in the open is likely actually costing you time instead of saving you time!
If you don’t think you can put your appliances away because your cabinets are too full to put more stuff in, then check out Keri’s post about decluttering cabinets. Plus I recently wrote a very specific article about clearing a counter mess, so definitely take a few minutes to read those helpful tips!
More articles with helpful kitchen counter-decluttering tips are here and here. If you need more kitchen cabinet tips you may also want to check out this pantry organization post as well as this article about how I organize my spice rack and baking supplies.
I hope this helps you, Shea! Please let me know if you have any more questions about your space, and don’t forget to send in after photos when you’re finished!
PS Don’t forget that if you submit your own mess by October 30th, you’ll receive a free copy of Chaos to Clutter-Free, plus you’ll be entered into a drawing to win a $50 Amazon Gift Card! Details and submission information are here.