Countertop solutions – clutter them
Yes – you read correctly. I said CLUTTER THEM !
Read on and you will see why…..
Today I want to kick off with a series of posts I will do on a same subject – not in sequence, but just randomly posted as and when another idea pops up in my head about the same subject – so keep following if it is up your alley…
I will cover various subject matters, but I will post them in little digestible posts so that you can keep up with the thoughts I have on these.
The first category is COUNTERTOPS.
When de-cluttering your home, people immediately think there must be NOTHING on a certain countertop to ensure that it remains clutter-free, neat and tidy!
That might be true for certain countertops, and I will post about that another day.
But sometimes the best thing you can do to keep an area from becoming a space where everyone puts down all their belongings as they enter the house and before you know it, it has become the permanent habitat for items who just DON’T have its’ own space, or people become just too lazy to move it to its’ designated spot in the house , is to CLUTTER it yourself with beautiful or interesting things!
What do I mean by this?
I have this beautiful altar table. It is situated at the top of one staircase and the bottom of another…. and it is standing right where you enter into the kitchen.
An ideal place for those who just came up from the front door, to put down whatever they had in their hands.
An ideal place to put things for those who are too lazy to go upstairs and put it in their rooms immediately.
An ideal place to put down an empty cup or a magazine someone was busy reading and want to “park” it there while going into the kitchen. Just to forget about it and never returning to it..meaning it became “part of the furniture !”.
The scenarios are endless. The reality is, it can easily become a sore eye – right in everyone’s view that enters the house, whilst I want it to remain a beautiful piece of furniture that attracts the eye and attention of people to enjoy it as much as I do.
The solution- I have put so many items on there myself, that in 99% of the cases, nobody ever takes the time or effort to move an object from its permanent place, to make space to put down an item of temporary stay. Occasionally my husband’s blackberry find its’ way on there, but it is hardly noticeable between the lovely collection of hats and brushes that I have decided to display on there.
This works wonders !!!!
When at first, it was only the black vase on there, it was a constant “clean-me-up” space crying to be rescued from all the unsightly items on there.
Now – it stays this way – ALL THE TIME !
People walk in and ask me – how does everything stay so cleaned up in the house?
The difference is not in having a clean countertop or surface or table top all the time…but in the detail of what it is that is occupying that space making all the difference of it looking like a delightful display of things you collect or love or wish to share with others….versus the pitiful pile that sneaked in on there when you were not looking !
Let me know your thoughts on this..have you had this happening in your house? I would love to hear about your countertop dilemmas and how, or if, you have found solutions for them !
What things in your house can you get out of the cupboards and put on top of an open space to stop attracting items unworthy of being on display?
Would love to hear from you.
Look out for some more posts on countertops to come…. since you do need those that needs to stay clean !!!!