Wow! It’s been awhile since I have been able to get back to my Clearing Clutter Hot Spots Series! I had to finally carve out some time to start getting to each of these areas because they are driving me nuts and Thanksgiving is coming up.We are not having a big family dinner this year but you never know who or when people will drop by during the holiday season. I always feel like my home should be at it’s best during this time. Here’s how I finally managed to de-clutter my kitchen desk.
What is the desk space used for?
Some kitchens have these little desks in them that I suppose could be used for homework or paying bills. However, we use ours for a command center of sorts. We pay bills and do homework in a different space. We like to put things we need to have on hand in this space. It’s also a temporary drop zone for things coming in and out of the kitchen.
How do you hide items you need easy access to within a small space?
Clever storage is how. I first purchase a drawer for my husband. We have tried several different things here, a three drawer stand, a tray, and none have really kept the area tidy. Plus the more storage I give my husband in plain site the less he actually puts hims items away on other areas where they go (sorry babe).
Here is my newest idea for my storage. Instead of using multiple small baskets for things which can also add to the visual clutter I found this little gem at Home Goods and I think it’s perfect. It holds our Chapstick, phone cords, Post It Notes, and other miscellaneous items that are usually dropped on the desk. Plus it matches the look of my kitchen so it won’t be a visual eye sore.
Where do you store your keys?
Should you have a bulletin board?
I had a bulletin board/dry erase board combo under there for awhile but you couldn’t write on it so it just because cluttered with magnets. I opted for a decorative bulletin board so if it’s empty it still looks cute. We put things on their as immediate reminders. When they are over we throw them away.
How do you store loose papers, pens and change?
- He have a small change loose change glass that when it fills up we empty it and store it with the rest of the change until we take it in.
- The pens are in a container that matches my husbands drawer.
- I found a burlap mail sorter that I store paperwork and info we need for the week. At the end of the week I empty what’s done.
You will notice this is a transitional area. Nothing really stays here for a long period of time. It’s when you get behind in your organizing maintenance that these type of spaces turn into clutter chaos. So once you get it organized carve out ten minutes a week to make sure this area is up to par. If you find your system is getting cluttered way more often it may be time to find better storage options. This is my third try and I think I’ve finally got it!
Does your kitchen have a desk? If so how do you use this space? I would love to hear about it in the comments.