Declutter and clean your counters in three simple steps. Then you’ll be set for keeping them truly tidy.
Step 1: Declutter
Begin Grouping: Items that belong on counters — spices, hand soap, etc. — can be grouped together with organizers. Maintain order by limiting each counter to one or two organizers like lazy Susans, trays or repurposed packaging boxes.
Eliminate Excess: Unless you use an item regularly, stash it in an alternate spot. Look to nearby drawers or cabinets for storage. Short on space? Repurpose a china cabinet, hanging baskets or magnets in creative ways.
Step 2: Anticipate
Catch the Mess: Crafting or cooking? Line the counter with paper towels or wax paper. Applying a loose powder foundation that gets all over bathroom countertops? Drape a few tissues around the area, and toss them when done.
Take Notes: Allow counters to become cluttered for a week so you can see exactly what’s causing the mess. In a bedroom, for example, you might realize you’re often leaving around loose change. Once you’re aware of the clutter, start using organizers to keep it in check.
Use Waste Bins: Place small waste bins alongside counters so you can immediately wipe stray ingredients, toothpaste and other everyday messes directly into the bin.
Step 3: Clean
Be Ready: Have you ever skipped on cleaning a small mess, just to avoid grabbing the cleaning supplies from the opposite end of your home? Curb the temptation by keeping a small basket of cleaning supplies in each room.
Remember the Small Stuff: Having a hard time getting glitter or finely ground spices off your countertops? Try using a sticky lint roller or duster.
What are your tried and true methods for keeping countertops clean? Share them in the comments section below.