You don’t cook because there is so much stuff on your kitchen counters
“The kitchen—the hub of your family activity—is usually the most cluttered room in the house. It’s where you end up when you first go home. Mail, shopping bags, backpacks, and school bags all land there,” says Donna Smallin Kuper, an organizing, cleaning, and small-space living expert who’s been driving around the country in a motor home with her husband for the last three years. Many people add to the clutter by packing their counters with pots, appliances, and containers. “After you find a place for stuff that obviously doesn’t belong in the kitchen, keep on the counter only what you use every day, such as your coffee maker and toaster,” Kuper advises. “If you use an appliance like a bread maker every so often, put it in the front of a cabinet. Or if you pull out something only once a year, such as turkey roaster for Thanksgiving, put it in a garage or on a high shelf in a closet.” Try these fast tips for cleaning your most used appliances.
You’re always searching for the remote (purse, keys, cell phone, fill in the blank)
“Everything in your home needs to have a home,” Kuper says. “Don’t just put something down, put it away. A lot of stuff gets left out because it doesn’t have a storage place.” Keep the remote inside the TV cabinet, for example, or your purse on a shelf in the bedroom closet. “Try to make these designated spaces ‘closed’ spaces, such as drawers and cabinets. ‘Storing’ things on open shelves or on the top of your desk does not remove those visual stimuli that create stress and lessen the amount of open space that your mind ‘sees,’” writes psychologist Sherrie Bourg Carter, PsyD, in Psychology Today. And put items back right away after you use them. “Sounds simple, but it actually takes practice and commitment,” Carter adds. Here are fast ways to banish clutter from your life.