In my quest to become a minimalist this year and loving how less is more, I have started to declutter my kitchen area! I have already gotten rid of some baking utensils that I no longer need. After organizing my baking cabinets, now I am left with more clutter on my kitchen counters.
1. Store Big Kitchen Appliances: I placed my bigger appliances such as toaster, mixer, etc in my bottom shelf in pantry, when not in use. This has freed up alot of space. The only appliance I use daily is my vita mix blender so I left this in the corner. If you feel the appliances or anything else you have on your counters will no longer be used, put in a box for donation or to sell in a yard sale.
2. Put away dishes & wipe counters: After washing and drying dishes, we must always put away dishes in their proper space. Wipe all countertops clean.
3. Round up daily cooking ingredients: My basic and necessary cooking ingredients are on my counter. I simply rounded them up and placed in a small lazy susan I purchased at Target. These include: olive oil, salt, sugar and creamer. My spices are next to my stove where I use these in my daily cooking.
4. Box for incoming mail: When my children come home from school, they bring in the mail from the outside mailbox. I have placed a small magazine file I purchased last year at the Container store. I labeled it “Incoming Mail” and it is located in the corner of our counter so they can put it in. I will later take it to my office desk and sort through.
5. Fresh fruit & flowers: This is optional; however I always try and keep fresh fruit out for us to grab instead of looking for unhealthy options. In addition, on some days, I purchase a bouquet of fresh flowers just because it brightens my day and dresses up my counterspace. Valentine’s day is in a few weeks so I made it a point of putting pops of red and pink.