Kitchen and Dining Room Mission #3: Clear those Counters!

Filed under: Kitchen/Dining Room,Monthly Missions — Colleen at 12:54 pm on Friday, November 14, 2008

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If you’ve completed Kitchen Missions #1 and #2, you’ve hopefully managed to find some spare space in your pantry and cabinets. This week we will use some of this found space as we clear off the kitchen cabinets.

  1. Start with a clear organizing surface (kitchen table, island, etc). Remove everything from your counters and place on your organizing surface.
  2. Clean your counters!
  3. Return items to the counter that you use on a regular basis only. If an appliance is gathering dust, find a better home for it. Consider donating the item. Otherwise, store infrequently used appliances in cabinets or on shelving in your basement or in another storage area. Try to put items that you use together next to each other. For example, put your coffee pot near your toaster.
    1. TIP: Use dishpans to store your appliances that have multiple accessories and you’ll no longer have to dig around to find the right attachment. (Dishpans can be found at the dollar store). Store these dishpans in your cabinets.
  4. Reconsider your drying rack. If you only wash a few items by hand, you can simply place these items on a towel to dry. You will have more counter space and be more likely to put away those pots and pans!
  5. Return all items that do not belong in the kitchen to their proper homes.

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1 Comment »


Comment by Debbie

December 7, 2006 @ 9:04 am

Here’s something that worked for me:

A charging station for our cell phones (my son’s Gameboy fits in, too). It’s really kept our counters clear, cords contained, and cell phones charged!

The cheapest I’ve found it is at Linens ‘n Things (remember they take Bed, Bath and Beyond coupons!)

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