I hear you groaning out there already. You spent all that time and money on your kitchen renovation. You chose cabinet finishes, counter tops, hardware, and appliances. You even got that supercool high-end fridge you’ve always eyeballed.
You wanted this:
But somehow, over time, has it started looking more like this?
I know. Trust me, I know. That awesomely expensive, beautiful kitchen island is the first place that most of my clients express frustration about when we walk into the kitchen.
It makes sense, really. For many homes, it’s the first horizontal surface when you enter from the garage. So your beautiful island quickly gets cluttered with homework, dirty dishes, backpacks, car keys, and phone chargers. And lots and lots of mail. (We covered that last week – find it here!)
A cluttered kitchen island is frequently the result of things not having a designated home. The homework belongs in their binder, the backpacks go into the kids’ rooms or on a hook by the door. The car keys should always have a designated home – no more searching every morning! If you have multiple phones,set up a charging station in a central area for everyone’s phones to charge overnight.
If all of these items already have a designated home, then it’s up to us to make sure that they ‘go home’ right when they come in through the door. A frequent refrain in our home when we arrive is ‘backpack and lacrosse bag go where? Upstairs!’
So, take a look at what kinds of stuff are landing on your kitchen island. Find appropriate homes for those, if needed, and then enforce it. And then enjoy your beautiful clutter-free island again!