This morning I got up, went through my usual morning ritual, and went in the kitchen to make coffee.
As I stood there, I looked around me at the cluttered counter tops in my little apartment kitchen.
And things just felt…chaotic.
I don’t operate well under “chaotic”, so I decided to work on decluttering the kitchen today.
Here’s what it looked like before I began.
The first thing I did was take everything I could out of the kitchen and temporarily store things in another room.
Ah, a clean slate…
Then I started cleaning. I moved the refrigerator out and mopped there.
I cleaned the front of everything, like the appliances and cabinets, then the sink and all the flat surfaces. I wiped down the decals that are my back splash.
I remembered to clean the colored bottles in the window after I cleaned everything below the window.
Bad idea. Work your way down.
So I had to back track a bit.
I took the utensils and everything else out of their boxes or containers and washed it all. Everything.
If you’re going to do it, do it right and not halfway, is my motto.
You have to limit decor in the kitchen if you have a real tiny space.
And now everything is clean and gleaming.
I mopped the floor with Pine Sol. When I can smell Pine Sol, I think clean.
I went to the closet and found this little cow planter. I probably paid fifty cents or a buck for it. I stored my sponge in it.
You can’t keep sponges long. You need to have new ones standing by of course.
I put the dish washing liquid in one of the colored bottles.
It’s just easier, when you’re trying to decide what should go and what should stay, to take everything out and start with a clean slate, I’ve learned. That’s how I begin purging and cleaning.
Now I can wake up tomorrow morning and make coffee in a decluttered kitchen.