dilemmas of kitchen counter clutter...
I am in a quandary because I could force myself to be disciplined (as I have with my papers in the living room) or revert to my old ways in the kitchen and just recognize that "everything out" works for me and not fight it. Is there any hope for an organized cluttered kitchen? How do I begin?
I used to keep most EVERYTHING on the counter and within reach, until my work space (all butcher block) got too cramped. It is not the "look" of no clutter that I am aiming but a way to keep things from looking random.
My new intentions began with only these things out: a ceramic container of old kitchen stainless for cooking and for eating at the kitchen counter; salt and pepper; small container of measuring spoons, one pottery container of wood cooking tools and one pottery container for metal cooking tools, and telephone (auxiliary so it is small).
What left my counters never to return (thank goodness) is: all my oils, vinegars, cooking wines and liqueurs. Whew.
What has crept back on counter: Knife sharpener (Chef's Choice 110). If I have to open a shelf and pull it out, I sometimes give in to using dull knives.
Cusinart --which has a dedicated plug but after all the de-clutter TKO posters, I dedicated a shelf to it instead. It is now back out. Next to the stove I now have two more containers of tools -- spatulatas, whisks. I also added a container of chop sticks of all lengths that I use for various purposes.
On eating counter pencil container is now out. Also container that holds the remote to turn the music off and on. Also instead of the sugar in a box in cabinet, I put out a pretty container.
One take home lesson from writing this post is that I now realize I gravitate to having objects I like around me -- and I often re-purpose them as containers. But the cuisinart and the knife sharpner are not among them.
Any suggestions for an organized cluttered kitchen?