Conquering countertop clutter

5 January 2017

This morning I braved a whole inch of snow to drive into downtown St. Louis and do a spot on Great Day St. Louis, the morning program of our local CBS affiliate.

I’ve been on this show a few times, but it’s been a couple of years. I was interviewed by the charming Matt Chambers, a genuinely nice guy.

My message was pretty simple. If you want clear countertops do the following things:

  • Clear out your cabinets and drawers so that you actually have space to store stuff you use.
  • Assign a place for everything so that you can put everything away.
  • Create two habits: Run the dishwasher at night and empty it in the morning and clean up the counter after dinner or before bed every night.
  • Keep paper off the counter.
  • Find an out-of-the-way spot for your electronics charging and consider creating the habit of charging them while you sleep.

Here’s the video:

I had a great time!

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Such simple, actionable, impactful advice!

I love that you’ve integrated in habits to prolong organization- genius.

Also, clearing out things to “actually have space to store stuff you use,” really resonated with me- why would we use our space to store the things we don’t use, rather than the things we actually use? Again simple, but very effective delivery.

Thanks for sharing!

Alex Phillips
Streamline Organization
Streamline Seattle

Alex Phillips 01/06/2017 11:35 AM

What a nice thing for you to say, Alex! If you ask me, it’s all about habits. I appreciate your comment!

Janine Adams 01/10/2017 07:42 PM

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Janine Adams

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