“Clutter is postponed decisions.”
— Barbara Hemphill
This is National Clutter Awareness Week. Most of us think we can identify clutter when we see it, but can we?
Let’s take a look at some of the items we can identify in the picture above and determine:
Clutter or Correct Place?
Stack of Ziploc bags. Although we use Ziploc bags in the kitchen, the extra boxes probably would be better stored in the pantry. Clutter.
Sleeping bag. Does a sleeping bag belong in the kitchen? No. Clutter.
Small filing system: The filing system may very well belong in the kitchen even though our first instinct would be that it belongs in an office. If the kitchen is where the homeowner pays bills and does their filing, then it makes perfect sense. Correct Place.
Pest control product: There may very well be pests in the kitchen, but the pest control product more appropriately should be stored away from food. Clutter.
Large slow cooker: If this appliance is used on a regular basis, then this is the perfect place for it. If it is only used occasionally, then it should be placed in a more out-of-the-way place. Correct Place.
Lots and lots of plastic storage containers: Plastic containers are certainly used in the kitchen, however, the sheer quantity of containers we see in this picture pushes them into the clutter category. Clutter and Correct Place
There were lots and lots of decisions to be made while working with this homeowner, but she was motivated and determined to take back her kitchen. Here’s how we left it at the end of our work together. She’s happy to report to me (on a regular basis) that her counters are still clear and her kitchen functions more as a kitchen and less as a storage area. I’m so proud when my clients can maintain and improve upon the work we do together!