← This is my kitchen counter. If you think it looks like THAT at all times — not a bit of clutter; complete with fresh fruit and flowers — you will either be disappointed, or relieved, to learn that it also looks like THIS on a regular basis →
This counter is the hub of my home. It is open to the kitchen, dining room, office, and living room. You can’t miss it when you walk into my house from either the front or back doors.
Because I am a normal person who uses my kitchen counter for things like cooking, working, eating, projects, and unloading groceries, it can get to looking messy… like yours, too, perhaps? And, because it’s big, it can become a big mess if I let it!
But it also looks like THIS on a regular basis:
How do I deal with clutter?
Whenever my tolerance for clutter has been exceeded (daily or weekly, depending on how busy I am, what project is being left out to work on, and what else is going on in my life) — or, when someone calls and says they’re coming over in 10 minutes — I simply de-clutter. I don’t panic, because I’m organized; I know everything has a home, and it only takes a few minutes to put everything away where it belongs. I use the S.P.A.C.E. organizing method with clients, and at home, too! Putting away the things you’ve gotten out to use during the day is part of the Equalize step.
Why do I tell you these things? Because I don’t want you to think I’m some sort of super-human being who can’t relate to your clutter and organizing challenges. Because I want you to know how much easier it can be to live a normal life and maintain a clutter-free living space if you have a system in place that you trust because it works for you.
What is a system?
Consider this recent conversation with an acquaintance:
You must be pretty rigid in your ways because you are a former engineer who uses the word system.
Hmmm…what do you think I mean by system?
I guess I don’t really know.
Well, let me ask you this: Do you have a place where you put your purse and your keys every day so you can find them again later?
Yes, actually, I do!
Well, that’s a system! It’s a system for being able to find your purse and your keys every day!
Oh, OK. I hadn’t thought of it that way.
What is your system for keeping clutter at bay? For company dropping by?
Is your kitchen counter messier than mine? Please share in the comments below!
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