If you’re like me, could use a little help with organizing your kitchen counters. It seems like the more kids I had, the messier my house became (true story!).
Organizing doesn’t have to be hard. Even making a few small changes can add up to big results when it comes to organizing your kitchen counters.
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Here are 5 of the best tips for organizing your kitchen counters that I hope will help
Everything Has a Place
The easiest way to keep things neat and organized is to not put stuff where it doesn’t belong in the first place. Everything should have a place. And while that might be true, getting everyone to put things in their place can be quite a feat. Hopefully the remaining tips will help you keep those kitchen counters clean once and for all!
Each child should have their own bin, file, or whatever method of storage works on your counter top. For us, we use filing bins like this one to keep the kids current homework in. We also put all the papers they’re constantly bringing home that we need to go through and decide what to keep and what to recycle. Have multiple kids and don’t want several containers all over your counter? Consider getting a magazine organizer, it will keep the papers separated and off the counter in one simple bin.
Once you teach the kids that their papers go in this bin, you’ve already won half the battle. Even if you don’t clean this bin out daily, your counter will still look much more organized than it will with a bunch of papers loosely scattered around.
Another problem we have at my house is random stuff (again, mostly from the kids) winding up on the counter where it doesn’t belong. I like to have an empty storage caddy on the counter specifically for that purpose. Then when I walk by and see something a kid left there, I just pick it up and toss it in the caddy. Either at the end of the day or the beginning of the next day, I call the kids to come and get everything they’ve left on the counter…if they want to keep it, that is.
Purge What You Don’t Need
This is probably the hardest thing for me because I like to keep things that are sentimental, even if I don’t use them much. But every once in awhile I’ll go through what I have and part with a few things. When it comes to counter space, just removing a few items can make a huge difference. Clean out things you’re not using like knickknacks, cookie jars, baskets, and utensils. It might be hard at first but actually getting rid of stuff feels really good once it’s done. You’ll actually feel calmer and less stressed when you reduce clutter not only from your kitchen counters, but your whole house in general.
Put Away What You Can
If you have any kind of pantry this is much easier. (My future dream house will have a butler’s pantry!) You can fit small appliances like blenders, mixers, toasters and can openers in your pantry when they’re not in use. You could even clean out your cupboards and drawers to make room for a few counter top items that you’d rather have put away. Again, getting rid of what you don’t need…extra pots, pans, baking dishes, cookie sheets, food storage containers (and the six million lids that go with them!) can help make room for storing the counter top items that you don’t use every day.
If you could choose even one of these to implement, it could make a big difference in organizing your kitchen counters. Which ones are you going to try and implement at your house?
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