Step Into Our Flat Surface

February 4, 2011 at 1:06 pm 4 comments

Flat out – horizontal surfaces accumulate clutter.

What’s a flat surface?

  • Dining Room Tables
  • Coffee Tables
  • End Tables (Nightstands)
  • Side Tables (Living Space)
  • Kitchen Countertops
  • Shelves and Shelving Units
  • Entertainment Units
  • Book Shelves
  • Bathroom Countertops
  • Desks
  • Dressers
  • Work Bench & Work Tables

We love drawers!

Above all they’re easy and accessible places to drop (and leave) keys, bills, toys, receipts, make-up and other miscellanea.  Stuff piles up and eventually these piles become too overwhelming to sift through. Streamlined surfaces = less clutter.

Ack!

1) Walk through your home and assess.  Are your flat surfaces clean and clear? What’s accumulating? Mail? Clothing? Books? Dishes? Remove everything and sort into “like with like” piles.

Invest in baskets for mail and short term papers.

2) MOST IMPORTANT – Designate homes for each displaced item and put them away in the moment. You may need to configure a new home for these things – if necessary purchase an organizational tool.

3) De-clutter hidden spaces to make more room (i.e. de-cluttering kitchen cabinets allows things left on the countertop to be put away – leaving  it free for more commonly accessed items).

Or nothing at all!

4) Be cognizant of what’s displayed.  We understand personal items and design touches make a house a home but these items should be placed with intention.  Don’t display every chachskis you own s’il vous plait.

We like

And just think of all the FUN you can have once your surfaces are clean and clear.

Ahem.

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4 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Mario J  |  February 9, 2011 at 1:40 pm

    What do you mean by fun on the surfaces?

    Reply
    • 2. Edit My Closet  |  February 10, 2011 at 10:55 am

      We like to cook, eat and work on our flat surfaces. What were you thinking?!?

      Reply
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