Welcome to my kitchen. *sigh* I’m a little embarrassed to show you these photos because this is bad. This is really bad.
Please tell me that you have spaces like this one. Please. This is where everything ends up when we walk in the door: mail, homework, the kids’ books, bug spray, Halloween decorations, spray cleaner, camera parts, Julia’s treasure chest, family photographs, bills, everything. Really there is one of everything there. And it’s a total mess.
So yesterday, on the first day of my 30 Days to Get Organized, I decided this was the place to start. This busy corner of my home, this space that everyone sees, that looms between my kitchen, my table, and the rest of my house needs overhauling and organization. So I put down my new camera, and I started straightening, cleaning, and organizing.
I gave myself one rule. Once I touched something it had to go in it’s place, it couldn’t just be moved to another location away from here. So those bottles of cleaner were put in our garage cabinet until we run out in the kitchen. My calendar and journal went in my purse. I put the kids’ books on their shelves. The used dish rag is now in the dirty clothes. I recycled lots of unneeded and scrap paper, moved my bills to my desk space. I put the bug spray with the other bottles on the porch. I worked for exactly 27 minutes, and what a difference!
This space is beautifully cleaned right now. There is more I can do to organize, and I know I will in These 30 Days, but this feels like a great start. And if seeing the counter weren’t enough motivation, I am going to post updates on my Facebook and Twitter throughout the month of this space with the hast tag #kitchencounter, so you can keep tabs on me. If there ever were a space that needed regular attention, this it. And I need the accountability just as badly.