The 7th Minimize Minute

What can I accomplish when I keep a bothersome countertop free and clear all week long?

Here’s a new task to help simplify our lives and minimizing our households.

Challenge # 7 – Free and Clear

Choose a cluttered surface that’s a particular bother, clean it off (finding each item its proper home) and prioritize keeping it clear all week, even if it means a bit of extra work each day.


How’d it go: I got a lot out of this challenge. I continually have an area of our kitchen island that is a catch-all and it drives me crazy. I’ve been touting Marie Kondo the last few challenges, and though she says not to organize by location, this week I’m going against her suggestions. This clutter-gathering area is the first thing I see when I walk in my front door and it’s always covered with a random assortment of household stuff. When company’s coming, I’ve been known to gather all the misc. items it collects, throw them in a box and stash the box in a corner somewhere to deal with later. The stuff finds its way out again and the messy cycle continues. So, this week I set a timer for ten minutes, cleared it by putting each item away in its proper home, and then I committed to keeping it clear all week long.

What I found happening is that we used the space. My daughter set up board games for us to play. I repotted a houseplant on the counter. It was free and clear to wrap a couple birthday presents. We spread out the trail map to plot the route for our snowmobile club’s group trail ride. My daughter even requested that we pull up the stools and eat dinner there one night.

A few extra minutes on my part each day made this little space in our home become more useful, easier for me to look at, and the house just felt more pulled together.  It was such a simple fix and if I stay on top of it, it’ll stay simple.

New Normal

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Author: Angle Full of Grace

A writer, woods-wanderer, and internal peace seeker who raises two free-range children in the wilderness, I escaped the wasteland of corporate America a few years back never to return. I write about love, family, mental health, addiction, parenthood and personal growth all through lens of place and connection to the land. Most entries are my weekly column for our local small-town newspaper, and there's an occasional feature story thrown in the mix as well.

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