Is your kitchen the kind of space that welcomes you and makes you want to explore your culinary genius? If not, there’s a good chance the clutter on your kitchen bench is the culprit.
A few simple tips to help you clear off the flat surfaces in your kitchen will get that space cooking again for you.
Time to get all those flat surfaces in your kitchen looking spick and span. Picture: Getty
Think about it
A cluttered, disorganised and messy kitchen is the last place you want to spend any time cooking. There’s nowhere to work.
And, if you do manage to find a small space to prep meals, there’s a good chance you’re doing that among bills, paperwork, and other things which don’t belong in the kitchen and don’t inspire you to make a meal.
Do you even notice it’s there?
Chances are there’s a pile of stuff on your kitchen bench that’s been there for months – if not longer. We tend to not even see these things after time.
Understand that flat surfaces are not meant to be storage areas in a kitchen, they’re for food preparation. That’s the one and only goal.
Stop the excuses
You know the kind: “But I don’t have the space I need to put everything away in my kitchen.” If your kitchen bench is overloaded, there’s a pretty good chance that the drawers and cupboards are, too.
Even if you use those bulky kitchen appliances a lot, could they be kept somewhere out of sight and off the benchtop? Picture: Getty
If your benchtop is littered with appliances that you rarely use or pots and pans that have no other place to go, then the first step is to tackle a few of the cupboards.
You’ve got to give your kitchen a little breathing room to make it all work well. Tackle some of those spaces and you’ll find that you finally can put away the things that are cluttering up the bench.
Deal with it today
Attack the benchtop with determination. Old magazines that you’ve promised yourself you’re going to look at should probably be recycled. Bills that are past due should be dealt with. Dirty dishes need to be cleaned and put away.
The truth is it won’t take you that long to deal with at least one pile. If the job seems too overwhelming, then set a kitchen timer for just 10 minutes and do one area of the benchtop for that amount of time. Just make a promise to yourself that you’ll do the 10-minute trick every day for the next few days until it’s gone.
Then give it a good clean
The look and smell of a clean workspace will give you a smile – and will encourage you to bring out your inner Julia Child better than ever before. You – and your family – deserve it.
A solid clean of your kitchen’s flat surfaces will have them shiny in no time. Picture: Getty