Hot Spot Check Up 6: Kitchen Island in 7 Minutes

I sort of forgot about the kitchen island post until late in the morning today. I took a picture, but I was determined to make improvements. I just wasn’t willing to let it sit like that today. Hooray for determination!

So here’s my before picture:

I didn’t have time to properly clear it all off, so I decided to time myself for 5 minutes while I worked on clearing it, and then take another picture.

The five minutes seemed to fly by, and I was making good progress, so I decided to give myself 1 more minute timed.

After that, I was still super motivated and really wanted to work on it for just 1 more minute (and that’s really all the time I had anyway).

So after 7 minutes (plus a quick wipe of the sponge), here’s how it looked:

I really need to remember that timer thing again. The timer helped me to stay focused and it helped me to work fast! Now, I can get work done on the island and the clutter that is left doesn’t seem so overwhelming.

How are your clutter hot spots doing?

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15 Responses to Hot Spot Check Up 6: Kitchen Island in 7 Minutes

  1. That is some pretty amazing progress for just 7 minutes! It is amazing what can be accomplished with a little focused time and determination.

  2. Good job, Elizabeth! Not only does your island look good, I see that your stove and the area by the microwave are pretty empty too. :)

  3. Sarah Godwin

    Great job! I’m a big timer fan. The kids do 5 minute pick-ups and I do 5, 7, or whatever time I can manage between kid and baby needs. Racing the timer makes it fun and I stay focused better instead of getting side-tracked and fluttering around. Thanks for the posts. It is motivating for me to see someone struggling through similar home issues and making good progress. Yay you!

  4. WilliamB

    I eliminated a clutter magnet. Thank you for giving me the perfect opening to brag about it.

    Roommate and I each had an inbox in a convenient but highly visible spot. Over time they morphed from inboxes to boxes-for-stuff. Recently I had the “brilliant” realization (note sarcastic quotation marks) that if they weren’t being inboxes, why did we have them at all?

    Now I’m wondering what else I might have that is a clutter magnet. (Other than my roommate, that is.)

  5. Barbara

    Yay! Great job on keeping up the momentum on the counters. They are a magnet for clutter, are they not?!?!

    I am still going crazy with the endless clean clothing that makes its way onto the “formal” dining room table (aka, the one hardly used). I CANNOT seem to keep this table clear and it drives me insane!!!! I need to grab my timer, my Iphone, put on some Pandora with energizing music, and get to my 7 minutes! Thanks for the push!!!

  6. Dede

    I put a shelf unit in my laundry room with baskets, one for each of my kids and one for me/linen closet. I just fold the laundry right out of the dryer and put it in the baskets. The older ones put their own away.

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