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31 Days to Clutter Free Challenge:: Day 10-Kitchen Counters – Frugal Finds During Naptime

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How have you guys been doing on the Clutter Free Challenge?? Today’s challenge was to tackle the kitchen counters. I don’t know what it is about the kitchen counter, but it ends up with the most random items on it at times. Items that clearly do not belong. {I found a hair bow on my kitchen counter today.} This was my before. . . I rushed out the door this morning after packing lunches for Sabrye and myself for her field trip. I left the chips sitting out from packing lunches, the coffee out from breakfast, and just didn’t clean up. That mixed with items that do not belong in the kitchen causes clutter.

clutter free day 10

We have a small house, which means a small kitchen area. There are already enough items on the kitchen counters {appliances} without the extra clutter. The extra clutter just makes the counter unusable. It also takes more time to do tasks in the kitchen if the counter is cluttered since I have to clear the counter before I can do anything. My friend recently got high end kitchen cabinets fitted into her home and therefore, she does not want any clutter on her new sides so that she can really make the most of her new surfaces. This is what I aspire to have in my home, even if I cannot afford new cabinets I would still like them to look as nice as possible.

How to declutter your kitchen counter tops::

  • How are you counters currently used? Is there anything you would like to change? What items do you need to change the space to make it more functional?
  • Remove all items that do not belong on the kitchen counter and put them in the room where they belong.
  • Remove all items that you do not use, do not like, are in your way, you feel obligated to keep because they were given to you, or is “out of place”.
  • Keep only the items that you use more than three times a week and work properly.
  • Sell the appliances that are in good working order that you do not use.
  • Create a functional storage space for the other items you use.

My husband purchased one of these to store my k-cups. It is a great space saver, keeps the coffee out of my cabinet, and off my counter. It gives me more counter space and cabinet space!

Here is my after picture. I have been making a conscious effort to actually put things away rather than to just “move the mess around”. I even went through the pen/pencil containers on the counter and got rid of the items that didn’t work. It’s amazing how much stuff we have that doesn’t work! Considering I have found so much that doesn’t work properly, or doesn’t even work at all, I think it’s time to purchase new tools and equipment, or even look to save money by having some of our existing appliances repaired from a company such as you’re able to find at, as an example of just one website.

clutter free day 10 after

I want to see your before and/or after pictures! Remember to use the hash-tags #FFDNTChallenge & #ClutterFreeFFDNT to be entered to win the gift card. Just think if you spend 30 minutes to an hour each day focusing on decluttering an area of your home, you will have a nice, decluttered home in time for Thanksgiving and Christmas. ????

Going through this clutter challenge, I have realized that I have been “moving the mess around” when it comes to cleaning. This accomplishes nothing! The clutter challenge has made me purposely examine items and decide whether we truly need them, use them, or just have them because they were given to us. I have been able to clear out and get rid of so many things! It’s been great, and kind of embarrassing to see that much clutter was in my house.

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