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I've been trying to get my kitchen counter tops clutter-free for a year now (ever since I moved in).<br><br>
I did it!<br><br>
It seemed like no matter how many times I completely cleared the space, it would be totally TRASHED by the end of the night. Even if I cleared them earlier that evening. So, I tried to figure out what the catalyst was.<br><br>
First, I started putting my purse, diaper bag, and lunchbox on the coat hooks by the back door. Still cluttered.<br><br>
Then, I tried to make sure all the tools (screwdrivers, hand trowels, planters) were off the counter and put away. Still cluttered.<br><br>
Then it dawned on me. It's the friggin mail!!!!! As soon as those papers hit the counter, everything else flies across the room to join them! So, I emptied one of my cabinet drawers (it all fit in an adjacent drawer), and put all the mail, paperwork, and phone book into that drawer. Then I finished putting everything else on the counter away.<br><br>
It has been TOTALLY clutter free for 3 days now!!!!! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/joy.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="joy"><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/joy.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="joy"><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/joy.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="joy"><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/joy.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="joy"><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/joy.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="joy">
 

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Awesome!
 

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Woo hoo!!!!<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/thumb.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="thumbs up">
 

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wonderful!!
 
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