Kitchen counters, former procrastinators, are work space. Too often we use them as storage. We don’t intend that, but we allow it. This week let’s identify surface storage we create that takes away workspace and presses a burden onto our shoulders. Notice that each is the result of delayed action.
We create storage by keeping items we rarely use but allow to sit permanently on the counters. They become part of the kitchen landscape yet we resent their taking needed space. (Noodle maker, deep fryer.)
We create storage by placing something on the counter as a visual prompt. I think if the paper or other item is out for me to see, I will tend to it. This prompts me to add other items to that spot – and I create a pile that grows. I no longer even see the prompt I intended. (Form to sign, coupons, catalog.)
We create storage by using the kitchen counter as a resting place. Family members walk in the house and drop whatever they’re carrying on the counter whether it belongs there or not. (Keys, coats, books.)
We create storage by leaving out unfinished business – a project or assignment begun but not completed and removed. (Sugar cube pyramid, recipe binder and hole punch.)
We create storage by keeping tired décor we don’t even enjoy anymore. (Unused cookie jar, dusty fake fruit.)
If you have so much counterspace that you can give some of it to storage, consider the aggravation and mental strain allowing such storage creates. Consider the habits forming in yourself and family.
How delightful to enter our kitchens to cook and go right to work without shoving aside a pile or appliance! Clear counters, clear path, clear mind.
Are your kitchen counters storage or workspace?
This week, what types of storage can you identify on your counters?