Habit: Maintaining the Kitchen Counters

by StephBuckwalter on July 23, 2012

Have you ever wondered what it takes to keep your counters clear of stuff? I can answer in one word: dedication. Okay, maybe I should answer in four words: dedication to certain habits.


 Here are my observations about clean kitchen counters:

  1.  Appliances are not stored out in the open. This means two things: First, you have to find a place to store them out of sight but convenient to the area where you use them, and second, you have to be willing to drag them out every time you need them and put them away when you are done.
  2. Dirty dishes are one of two places: in the dishwasher or in the sink. You have to be willing to stay on top of the dirty dishes as they occur.
  3. If you peek inside the kitchen cabinets, they are well organized and not overloaded with stuff. In other words, extraneous dishes have been removed.
  4. The decor often functions as storage (see photo above). For example, a spice rack frees up space in the pantry. Pots and pans can hang over a counter or cooking area, freeing up space in the cabinets. Open shelves can hold dishes alongside cookbooks or appliances. The microwave can be on a cart that provides additional storage.

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