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Old 04-03-2013, 09:38 AM   #1
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Counter Clutter

How do you deal with it when it isn't YOUR clutter? gah dp thinks that this is perfectly acceptable and it drives me batty.

'Sorry girls, mommy went crazy and killed and/or left daddy because he wouldn't let me get junk off of the counter' is a thought that goes through my head more often than I care to admit. - No I don't actually say it (except to him, lol).



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Old 04-03-2013, 09:51 AM   #2
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I would buy a wall storage solution from ikea. Tell him it's like a mini office lol. My dh was raised with clutter so he sees nothing wrong with crap everywhere.
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Old 04-03-2013, 09:58 AM   #3
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My biggest issue is all of the accessories. Seriously dude, we have a small kitchen.

He likes his stand mixer,grinder, kettle, espresso machine thing, french press, TWO cannisters, honey, etc. ON the counters. I got him to put the mixer on top but everything else is still there.

I drink water. I'm not a tea, coffee or fancy dancy latte/cappuccino/ etc. drinker.

I'd like it to be JUST the unpaper towel dispenser. Am I unreasonable?

Clutter collects clutter & then I get overwhelmed.
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And those glass things on top..I don't even know WHAT they are. We have never used them. Not ever but I'm not allowed to get rid of them because there might be an instance one day when he will want them.
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First, I took everything off of my kitchen surfaces besides my stand mixer (including counter, table, etc). Then I took all of DH's stuff and put it on the coffee table. I told him to de-clutter and then organized an area for his stuff. Right now it's a basket and a drawer. I go through it regularly and ask him to do the same.
What does he use the counter for? Get an organizer with a place to charge the phone, keep things, etc. Also, just grab whats left and put it away if it has a better home.
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My biggest issue is all of the accessories. Seriously dude, we have a small kitchen.

He likes his stand mixer,grinder, kettle, espresso machine thing, french press, TWO cannisters, honey, etc. ON the counters. I got him to put the mixer on top but everything else is still there.

I drink water. I'm not a tea, coffee or fancy dancy latte/cappuccino/ etc. drinker.

I'd like it to be JUST the unpaper towel dispenser. Am I unreasonable?

Clutter collects clutter & then I get overwhelmed.
Honestly, I just put stuff away before I head to bed at night. It's annoying when DH leaves stuff out but I'm the one who wants it put away, so that's what I do.
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Old 04-03-2013, 10:13 AM   #7
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Honest I think you need to compromise. I use my coffee maker multiple times a day and so it sits on the counter. Maybe see if he can remove half of the items and work from there
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Can you clean a cupboard out that is above the punter then just put the counter items in there when they aren't in use? Honestly i dont think your counters look bad at all
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Honest I think you need to compromise. I use my coffee maker multiple times a day and so it sits on the counter. Maybe see if he can remove half of the items and work from there
Same here. My counters have toaster, bread box, coffee maker and radio because those things are used daily.

For our phones, we keep our chargers by our nightstands so they get charged at night. Could you convince him that you feel more secure having the phone by your bed at night?

As for papers, I have DH pretty well trained but if he does leave something laying around I relocate it to his desk chair.

I also keep an empty basket on top of my fridge which I use to toss everything in if I'm cleaning the counters or if someone is stopping by with short notice.
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Same here. My counters have toaster, bread box, coffee maker and radio because those things are used daily.

For our phones, we keep our chargers by our nightstands so they get charged at night. Could you convince him that you feel more secure having the phone by your bed at night?

As for papers, I have DH pretty well trained but if he does leave something laying around I relocate it to his desk chair.

I also keep an empty basket on top of my fridge which I use to toss everything in if I'm cleaning the counters or if someone is stopping by with short notice.
Eta: maybe you could find a basket that fits in one of your cabinets. He could put all his stuff together in tht basket and pull it out as needed.
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