Having a clean, uncluttered kitchen counter sets the tone for me when I come home, it feels calm and refreshing like everything is in order. But for me, the kitchen counter is one of the most difficult places to keep uncluttered with paper and it’s the last place I feel like cleaning as it just stresses me out with dread. The kitchen is the first room I walk into when I get home thus I end up emptying my purse of papers and opening bills all on the counter, and there the collection stays because it’s convenient. In Marie Kondo’s book I read that one of the most essential steps in organization is that everything you bring into your home must have a proper home. I already have a spot for my keys and purse, but have been lax with paper. Since I know I’m prone to paper clutter, I've adopted a new habit of not putting anything down on my counter. Because once I put one thing down, the volume just grows Living in a small space its sometimes much easier to leave the things I use daily out instead of trying to find a place to store them. But now I won’t leave the room while there is stuff on the surfaces. I also created a small corner in my kitchen where I will keep a cup holder of pens. The idea is to create new habits to form clutter free surfaces.
You can find my spice rack here.