Over the last few weeks I’ve been slowly reworking some of our organizing systems. Tweaking them to fit our new home and the demands of a busy school year. In my mini adventures I’ve discovered something that I never really thought about before: Sometimes it isn’t the system that needs tweaking, sometimes it is the items around it that are causing the problem. Case in point, the paper part of our drop zone. It was slowly getting out of control, and I was kind of lost as how to fix it. Then one morning I was making coffee and an idea hit. Maybe it’s the stuff AROUND the drop zone that is causing interference.
Pretty cluttered huh? This is why the problem started. In our old home, our kitchen was seriously lacking counter space. So we had to pick and choose what we kept out. The coffee maker and kettle won that contest as we use them almost daily. The espresso machine, coffee grinder and french press were given homes in cupboards and the pantry, and we used them less and less. Travis is a BIG coffee fan, and it always made me a little sad that he couldn’t use the espresso machine more. When we moved into our new home and saw this part of the kitchen that was kind of apart from the rest, we both thought the same thing “Coffee Zone”.
|Coffee and Tea Zone|
I love having access to everything, but it sure did make for a very full countertop. I used trays to help keep like items with like, and to help make it easy to clean the counter, or move the items out of the way if we needed some extra counter space. Then I added the file box as part of the drop zone (because it makes sense there) and it got even more cluttered.
|Drop Zone Before|
|Lots of Space|
|Clutter Be Gone!|
|The Beautiful Afters|
|Drop Zone After|