Well, here it is two weeks later and I must admit that I am more than a little disappointed that one of my brilliant readers has not chimed in with a Problem-Solved-Ultimate-Solution for the battle of the kitchen counter top. Alas, I must come up with my own solutions, so what you get…is what you get:)
Six Never-Work Strategies for the Battle of the Kitchen Counter:
#1 Top-Rated Trash Can Method:
This number-one fix is rather self explanatory. The answer to Kitchen-Counter Clutter is to take a shower squeegee and sweep all clutter into the trash can. Those unfortunate souls who have left their junk on the counter will quickly learn to dump their stuff somewhere else. This solution is by far the fastest fix for the never-ending PILE.
Pro: Quickly eliminates clutter of all kinds
Con: Do I really need to go there?
#2 The Swat Method
This is my favorite method. All you need is a fly swatter or a spatula so little expense is involved. (Have you ever noticed how much money you can spend in the quest for organization?) All you have to do is stand gaurd over your clean counter…armed and ready to swat anyone and anything that has the audacity to place undesirables on your sweet space. “Smack.” This simple method works quickly. Everyone in your family will quickly learn to stash their keys and cell phones somewhere else.
Pro: Quickly retrain your family to put things elsewhere
Con: It doesn’t work very well on yourself. If you are like me, and I truly hope you’re not, you are your own worst enemy when it comes to clutter-making.
#3 The Disguise-It Method:
This method of clutter control is popular with basket collector’s and the like. Find some attractive container…a Longaberger basket or a Nike shoe box will do–take your pick. Cram all your unsightly clutter in the attractive container and wa-lah! Instant fix. The plus of this method is quite handy–you can actually find what you are looking for because it is all disguised in your attractive camouflage!
Pro: Coralled in one attractive container, your clutter will not look like clutter.
Con: It’s still clutter.
#4 The Cover-It-Up Method:
Similar to the disquise it method, the Cover-It-Up method stems from the same mentality–don’t get rid of it…just hide it. You will notice my clever-cover-up…who says table runners are just for tables! What a great place to hide your bills until you actually get them paid. This also works well for school papers kids are always bringing home…though I do recommend displaying thier artwork in a more visable spot. Someday you will actually miss those cute hand-print and crayon creations.
Pro: Looks great.
Con: Limited clutter-cover.
Seriously…there are better options!
#5 The Eat-Out Method:
Avoid making a mess in the first place and then there will be no clutter to control. If you use the Eat-Out Method consistently, you can even install a velvet rope like they use at the movies to keep everyone out of the kitchen in the first place. (The added benefit of this is you can also say good-bye to mopping!)
Pro: Less time in the kitchen=Less mess in the kitchen
#6 The Deligate-It Method:
Assign the Job to the Neatest Person in the Family–Not Me! My sixteen year old is hands-down the neatest person in the family. I am quite sure that she did not get that kind of DNA from me. I hereby appoint her the dubious honor of being the Clutter-Free Queen and pass all such duties into her capable hands. I will admit that I have not actually tried this method…but it sounds great in theory.
Pro: You no longer have to keep up with the clutter.
Con: Don’t get me started…
You may be asking yourself why I would take the time to write about this…I can’t really give you an answer, but it has been fun to have a little laugh at one of those things in life that can be a source of great frustration.
Check in tomorrow, as I will be sharing some strategies that actually do work. Some I have used and some I have found through surfin’ the net. Check out some solutions that you don’t have to be Martha Stewart to implement, as well as some cool blogs and products I have discovered.
The Swat Method Works on the Whole Family