No Clutter=Easy Clean up

Ever since I received the news of our impending move (which thankfully has been pushed back a year) I have been on a quest to tackle every item in my possession to decide if it is worthy to be packed in a box.

I am amazed how a de-cluttered thing here or there adds up to a bag for giveaway every few weeks.

All this de-cluttering has allowed the flat surfaces in my home to be visible the majority the time.  The best part of seeing the flat surfaces it that it has become super easy to clean. While I would never use the word ‘fun’ and ‘cleaning’ in one sentence it has become somewhat rewarding to do this chore. Why? There’s nothing in the way.

My most cleared off surface is my kitchen counter. The photo shows what my kitchen counter looks like now.

The left counter is the fleishig (meat) side of the kitchen.  All you see is a yellow container holding my most frequently used cutting knives, scissors, and baggies.

Above the sink is a gray bowl pseudo dish tub, a basket of colored cleaning rags, large white floor rags, a decorative teapot figurine, and an upside-down coffee lid which holds my watch.

The right counter is the milchig (dairy) side of the kitchen.  On the shelf there is a toaster oven, spatulas in a re-purposed coffee jar, bowl for fruit, the base to the cordless phone, and a pencil cup re-purposed to hold plastic cutlery and straws.  I keep extra cutlery in a cabinet because I decided only a minimal amount was needed to accessible.

Everything else previously on the counter is inside a cabinet. It may take a few extra seconds to take out and put something away, but overall cleaning the counter is now quick and easy.  Does it get cluttered up? Of course it does, but I can straighten it quickly and I’m loving the results. Try it.  You may love it, too.



Thanks for reading.

Karen T.K.K.

August 15, 2017



Published by Karen Furman

Hi. I’m Karen Furman, a home organizer and decluttering professional. Organizing is something I’ve been doing since 1st grade when used to straighten everyone’s desks. Fast forward a few decades later, I turned my passion for organizing into a business. Philosophy = Your home should be organized so you know where things are, to the degree that you feel relaxed and not stressed in your space. Method = A combination of Marie Kondo + FlyLady + my own style. YOU make the decisions. YOU decide what to keep and not to keep. I help provide clarity. Attitude = Positive, enthusiastic, non-judgmental

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