Even in a well organised home the open expansiveness of counters, desks, and dressers beckons for things to be placed upon them. Tame your counter clutter with these tricks. Photo by lesliepear.
At Zen Habits—a productivity and organisation blog with a strong love of all things minimal—they've put together a guide on taming your counter clutter. The principle reason that clutter accumulates on flat surfaces is that there is no place for it to go or that it hasn't been assigned a home. We throw mail down on kitchen table because we don't have a bin on our desk to place incoming mail into. We toss keys and mobile phones anywhere we find a spot for them because we don't have a dedicated charging location and a bowl to put the contents of our pockets.
If you find yourself putting things on your clutter-free counter(s), figure out why. Usually this means you don't have a good home for these types of items. It takes just a minute to find one. Another reason is just that you haven't formed the habit of putting things where they belong. It's simply a matter of focusing on this and reminding yourself until the habit forms.
Clutter accumulates when you fail to direct objects to their proper holding areas. Ultimately you end up with a kitchen counter or desk that looks like a runway where none of the airplanes ever find their way back to the hangars. Check out the full article at the link below for tips and tricks to help clean the clutter off your counters the first time and keep them tidy in the future. If you have your own tricks for keeping the surfaces in your house free from clutter we'd love to hear about them in the comments below.
A Simple Guide to Keeping Your Counters Clutter-free [Zen Habits]