When I recently announced my home organizing business, so many of you sent encouraging notes and offered support. I am so grateful!
Continuing the decluttering conversation, I now want to offer you a gift: A Tidy Series.
As we journey to love our homes more each day, here are some practical steps to get there. Sprinkled here and there among my regular devotional writing, I hope they inspire you today. Enjoy!
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This is where we start.
The catch-all for our clutter, for the things we are too tired to put away, for the things we don’t know where to put.
Before we know it, our counters look like this:
I know this to be true because that’s my counter. Pre-decluttering.
The counter held my oil diffuser (which I use once a week), baby Tylenol, vitamins, honey (which I didn’t want to put in the pantry because I was paranoid it’d sticky everything up!), bananas, bread, coffee maker (for the dark side drinker in our family…I only believe in tea!), and other miscellaneous items.
It was so annoying! Every time I baked, I longed for a clear counter. Yet I settled for working around all the stuff.
But…then I started decluttering! And what a difference it made.
Decluttering the space was actually easy once I got started. I don’t know why I put it off for so long!
Following one of the best tidying principles, I got rid of the clutter by putting everything in its proper place.
The diffuser and coffee maker now fit snugly in the cabinets above. Aren’t they so happy together? 🙂
I put the medicine and vitamins away in their respective cabinets, out of baby’s reach.
And I gathered my sticky honey and other sugary things onto a pretty blue plate I have been wanting to use more anyway. Now my counter is clear and my pantry stays clean. Yay.
Finally, I stored the bread and bananas and miscellaneous food items in the pantry/fridge.
I love my new spacious counter! It makes baking so much more enjoyable and I love walking by and seeing my pretty blue willow china.
I don’t have the fanciest kitchen- some our rental house cabinets are loose and patched together. But creating an open space gives a sense of luxury- and enables me to better see the things I DO LOVE. Like my pretty china.
And having a clear work space inspires my to have more clear spaces throughout our home. Clear space attracts clear space.
What about you? Do you have a counter that makes you cringe whenever you pass by? Why not set the microwave timer for 20 minutes today and commit to clearing out as much stuff as you can in that short time?
It will make baking those scones even more enjoyable. 🙂
Until next time!