You know that counter in your kitchen that everything seems to fall on? Mail, keys, items that need returned or dropped off to neighbors, nail clippers. Oy vey. Ours is right under the microwave. Because it is concealed on all sides, I sometimes pretend that company can’t see it–I’m 98% sure they can.
Besides being unorganized and a black hole for all of our junk, no matter how clean the rest of the kitchen was, it still looked messy because of this counter. So yesterday, on an itty bitty budget–I organized it. I wanted to make sure my solution was something that was realistic–we are always going to have all sorts of papers on this counter to be filed, and some that we just need on hand–I needed something that could easily store these so it wouldn’t be inconvenient to keep it tidy all the time, not just for a day.
After returning items to neighbors and getting rid of things on the counter that had no business being in the kitchen in the first place (true story: there was a black shirt rolled up underneath all that junk?!). I headed to the store. For $5 I picked up a vertical paper sorter. Originally, I thought of just using a stacked paper tray, but the counter is pretty small and a vertical one just fit better. While picking up the paper sorter, I also got a small cork board that fit on the back wall so I could pin up and store smaller things (tickets, paint chips we’re currently deciding on, and anything else that we would normally hang on the side of the fridge).
The chartreuse pen holder was actually a toothbrush holder I found at Ikea a few months ago for 99 cents. I bought two and have been waiting to use one some place. The framed peacock art cost me zero dollars and zero cents. It was actually a Special K ad I found in a Women’s Day magazine!! You know I love me magazine “art”.
Cut to size and put in a frame I already had on hand, added something pretty to the counter that serves as extra motivation to keep the rest of the space looking pretty, too. OOOOooo Aaaaahhhhhh.
That’s my realistic quick-fix for a junk counter. Do you have one in your home? Please tell me I didn’t just share my mess with the world and am now standing alone. Either way, I am so happy with our fresh counter.