Guest post by Katie of Embracing a Simpler Life
Over the past several years I’ve discovered the beauty and functionality of uncluttered counters.
I find it quite liberating.
Seeing clean counter tops lifts a visual, mental and even emotional burden for me.
A few advantages of uncluttered counters:
- They are easier to clean. Simply wipe and go!
- There is so much glorious work space. Cooking dinner, baking, and even the putting away of groceries gain fluidity.
- The few things allowed “out” are carefully predetermined, soI have a distinct goal when cleaning up, and I know when I’m done. When miscellaneous clutter is allowed on counter tops, it’s easy for them to become more and more cluttered over time.
- It looks better. No matter how clean my home actually is, people seem to perceive that it is at least somewhat clean when they see uncluttered and wiped down counters.
There are those who go all out with the “clean counter” thing, allowing absolutely nothing to stay out.
For me, there’s something a little too “stark” about that look and possibly less-than-practical.
So in the name of functionality and “homeyness,” I choose to leave a few things out on my counters.
3 Things I Leave Out On My Kitchen Counters
- My tea kettle. This is something I personally use daily. I often serve tea to guests, and I enjoy having it always queued up and ready. I view it as a symbol of hospitality, and I like the way it looks.
- My cutting board and knife block. These items are used from morning ’til night around our house. We eat lots of fresh foods and cook at home, so I’m constantly grabbing for these items. It is functional to have them at my fingertips.
- A pretty “odds-and-ends” bowl. Our kitchen is grand central station for our house. It is the central hub for our our entryway, family room, dining room, laundry room, office, and bedrooms. In order to reliably keep it uncluttered, I need a place to put random change, hair bows and half-eaten chocolate bars until they can be properly “dealt with.” Otherwise, they would be left out on …the counter. Which doesn’t look nice.
3 Things I Don’t Leave Out
- The toaster. It takes up real estate, tends to look “crumby” and realistically is not used more than a few times per week. I opt to bring it out each time I want to use it, which takes no time at all.
- Canisters. For us, these are tucked away in a cabinet. Canisters are a bulky item, and while they may be decorative, they take up way too much workspace.
- Small appliances. These are things like an electric can opener, bread machine, mixer, food processor, etc. We don’t use any one small appliance very often (less than once per week). And even if we did, they don’t look nice enough for me to leave out.
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So what about you? What do you leave out or put away and why?
Hi! I’m Katie. I’m a youngish, stay-at-home mom of two adorably-fun little ones, and I live a life devoted to Jesus. I love to write, and I focus my energy on living simply and well. I’m fairly new to the blogging world, recently launching a blog called Embracing a Simpler Life where I write about eternal perspective, being a wife and mama for the glory of God, and simple, intentional living. Come check it out!