If you're anything like me, you have a little corner in your house that is the "clutter corner." You know, the one spot in the room or house that seems to always be disorganized. It's the "catch-all" spot where you toss the things you mean to deal with later and then never do. The corner that you never get around to because it's so messy you save it for last and then by the time you clean everything else you're too tired to clean it. Your "Monica's closet," if you will.
I have one such spot in my kitchen. The rest of the downstairs can be absolutely spotless but notice the arrow. . .
Let's look at that closer, shall we?
YIKES! Things have truly gotten out of hand. This is bad even for us. . .layers upon layers of "important" things. Well. This week I told that counter what was what. After Bennett went to sleep, I tackled that mess. A few hours of sorting, organizing, and cleaning later, and. . .
Voila! Obviously the Halloween blocks aren't there forever but I was afraid if I didn't put SOMETHING purposeful there right away we would just fill the empty space back up. So now the counter consisters of just a few important items: a financial organizer that I keep all my bill-pay items and budget-book in, a "dump dish" (for hubby's keys/wallet/change/phone. . .I learned years ago that if there wasn't a specific place for his things they'd end up everywhere), and a basket with a few daily necessities like our phone/battery chargers, scissors, tape, and my to-do book.
It's been a couple weeks and the counter is still spotless (although it may just be due to fear, I was rather threatening when I was trying to emphasize the need to keep it tidy to Michael). I've been slowly organizing every drawer and cupboard and shelf in my kitchen and living room over the last month so the downstairs is looking pretty good and organized. Probably won't last long but it feels good for now.