Monday, March 11, 2019

Home Storage Solutions - Clutter 101 Organization

Home Storage Solutions 101 - Clutter and Organization

How do you solve the clutter on the kitchen counters and get things more organized?  

Welcome to Markets Of Sunshine your place for organization tips.

Today I'm going to share with you how you can be the Queen of your Castle, aka lady of the house.

You are the one who runs your home.  So you don't need anyone's permission on keeping it clean and tidy.  That is your sole responsibility.  So if you are asking your family questions like this...

  • Would you rather have a meal tonight or the house cleaned?
  • Do you like the home tidy or messy?

in the end you are just saying: "I don't want to do this".

But, the reality is a clean home does more than just look good for unexpected company.  A clean home and a tidy room helps you mentally.  The brain is constantly processing everything we see around us.  If things are tidy the brain quickly says moving on... If things are messy the brain says clean this room now!

When you keep putting off organizing a room you're are making yourself depressed and stressed.
So stop blaming others for how you feel or think.  You are doing it to yourself if you live in a messy home. (I"m not talking clinical depression)

I put this to the test myself.  When my clothes start to stack up on the chair in my room I get moody and gloomy.  But, when I put my clothes away I wake up feeling happy and motivated to clean another room.

That's why I challenged myself to do this #2019OrganizingChallenge in the first place.  I was moody and gloomy most of the time and didn't have a good reason why.  I started reading articles about being depressed and come to find out a messy home gives us stress.

So, I took responsibility for my actions and made a commitment to myself.  Room by room I am getting my house in order and it's feels Great!!

Even though I am working on my home office aka craft room this month the kitchen is constantly a sore subject with me.  I wash the dishes by hand because I chose not to have a dishwasher for health reasons.

The countertops are a glorified stuff collector.  Giggle!  I decided this week I am going to conquer them once and for all and share with you how I go about it.  Maybe it will give you some inspiration to tackle your kitchen clutter too.

The kitchen is one of the most used spaces in our homes.  It's not called the heart of the home for no reason.  It's the place we go to fuel our bodies morning, noon and night.  It's the place that houses all the things that make us feel good on the inside.  

From that first cup of coffee, tea or water to the last meal of the day it's the place that needs to look it's best so we feel our best.  

Let's pretend that you already know the basics of life.  Just in case you don't here's a short recap.
  • You are what you eat
  • Cleanliness is next to Godliness
  • Wash your hands before and after you eat
  • Cook foods to the right temperature
  • Healthy choices are the best for good health
  • Processed foods are not healthy choices
  • Go to bed before 10 p.m. and get 7 to 9 hours of sleep
  • Drink 8 glasses of water a day
 Moving on...

  1.  Start by opening up your cabinet doors so you can see what's inside all of them at once.
  2.  Now quickly take out things that you only use once or twice a year and move them to the back of the cabinet or put them in another closet if possible.
  3. Empty one shelf and put all the clutter on the counters on that shelf.
 It's that easy to quickly end the clutter on the counters and save you some stress in the long run.

Now get up and go do this right now before you talk yourself out of it again or make up some other reason why you can't get this done today.

Leave me a comment below or send me an email and let me know if this motivated you to stop making excuses and start making solutions to the clutter in your home.

If you'd like to take part in this organizing challenge with me and my friends just sign-up here and you'll receive my 12 month worksheet delivered to your inbox in two shakes of some Florida sunshine.
See you next week.  Same place.  Same topic.  All the information is my personal viewpoint on the topic.  It's meant for motivation only. 

Check out my list of past Adult reward system list here:

Adult Reward System #1 Tea Aromatherapy

Adult Reward System #2 Tea Bath Therapy

Adult Reward System #3 Self Hand Massage

Adult Reward System #4 Florida State Parks

Adult Reward System #5 Indoor Gardening

Sending You Sunshine,

Marsha Jean



  1. Clutter indeed has an effect on the mind! I know I feel happier, more relaxed, and even more capable and successful when things are clean. (Your point about clinical depression is a good one, though. When you're not in a state to take care of things yourself, you really need some help out of it, and someone caring enough to clean things to calm your mind makes a huge difference.) Counters really are clutter collectors, so these tips to help are great. :) Thanks for sharing at #heartandsoullinkup

    1. Thanks for sharing your thoughts on my post Jennifer.
      I tried for years to keep my house tidy and clean but living with a chronic illness like Lyme disease was making that task impossible. I finally hired a house cleaner that comes in every month and helps me tackle the things I can't get to.
      That has made a huge impact to my mental well being too.