Around this time last year, I completely cleared off my counters. As in, I removed everything from my counters except for soap by the sink and a small aloe plant.
It was AMAZING.
One night when my hubs and I were taking a walk after dinner, I told him that I thought completely clearing off the counters had changed my life. He chuckled and told me I was being a little dramatic.
But I was serious. It really did change a lot of things about my life that were causing me stress and making me feel overwhelmed, and in changing those things, it changed the way I felt about life overall. So having cleared off counters did change my life.
At least for a time.
As usually happens in life (or at least my life anyway), things got busy and my counters unfortunately became cluttered again. And with the clutter the feelings of stress and being overwhelmed have also returned. But life has just seemed too busy to really do anything about it. There were times where I would get my counters cleared off, and then the stuff would creep back onto them again.
So, here I am a year later, with the strong desire to completely clear off my counters again and get back to that place of feeling less stressed and overwhelmed in the kitchen. That place where clean counters really did change my life. So I’m committing this week to completely clear off my counters.
I wanted to write down the ways that clear counters changed my life to help motivate me even more. And if some of you are struggling with feeling stressed and overwhelmed because of messy and cluttered counters, maybe this can help motivate you to clear your counters too!
5 Ways Clearing Off My Kitchen Counters Changed My Life
1. We live in a small house with a small kitchen and not a lot of counter space, so even keeping a few small things on the counters takes away a lot of the useable space. Clear counters mean more space and a kitchen that feels a lot bigger than it really is.
2. It is so much easier to cook from scratch and prepare three meals plus snacks each day for your family when your counters are clear. It creates both the physical and mental space to bake, whip up homemade snacks, and cook nutritious dinners.
3. Because it’s so much easier to cook and prepare meals and snacks, we order less take-out, rely less on convenience and processed foods and snacks, and eat out less often. This is much better for both our wallets and our health!
4. Counter tops that are completely cleared off seem to practically clean themselves. Dirty dishes go into the dishwasher or get washed. Ingredients get put back in cupboards. Clutter gets put back where it belongs. And this all happens easily and right away, because clean counters beget clean counters, while cluttered counters beget even more clutter.
5. A clean kitchen is motivation to keep the rest of the house clean and picked up. Cleaner kitchen = cleaner house = happier mom = happier family = WINNING!
And as a bonus, it just feeeeels so much better to walk into a clean kitchen then into a dirty one. Instead of dreading going into the kitchen knowing the mess waiting for me there, I look forward to walking into the kitchen and being able to actually do what I’m supposed to do in there – make good food for my family. It’s amazing how much more inspiration I have to cook and prepare food at home when my counters are clear!
So I want to challenge myself, and you too, to completely clear off our counters in your kitchen and see what kind of difference it can make in our lives! If you need more practical and how-to steps to clear off your counters, including pictures from my own kitchen and how I store things, check out How To Completely Clear Off Your Kitchen Counters!
Are your counters perpetually messy and cluttered? How do you think it would change your life to clear them off completely?
P.S. I’ve had a lot of people ask me about the blue storage containers under the cabinets. They are for storing produce that doesn’t need to be in the fridge. My husband made them for me, and he put together a DIY Kitchen Storage Box tutorial so that you can make them too! It’s an easy weekend project!