Now, however, there's yet another reason to declutter your kitchen counters. In his new book called Slim By Design: Mindless Eating Solutions for Everyday Life, Dr. Brian Wansink from the Cornell University Food and Brand Lab states that people with cluttered kitchens - particularly cluttered kitchen countertops - eat more. When you feel out of control, you have less self control and, according to Wansink, that translates to snacking more and eating larger meals.
If you want to try out Waskink's theory, or you just want a more inviting, peaceful kitchen, here are some keys to clearing the counters and gaining control of your kitchen space:
1. Understand that keeping things on the counter, even frequently used items, is not necessarily more convenient. Try putting your coffee pot, toaster, and other small appliances away in the cabinet right above where you use them. I keep my Kitchenaid mixer on the counter because it's so.darn.heavy and I consider it part of my kitchen decor, but all of my other small appliances are kept in an easily accessible cabinet. It may seem like more work to take them out and plug them in every day, but you'll save time since you won't have to cook and clean around them and you will gain peace seeing cleared counters all day.
2. Consider alternative storage options to get other common items off the counter. For example, paper towel holders that attach under your cabinet or inside a cabinet door, and magnetic knife holders or drawer knife holders instead of a bulky knife block. There are even fruit bowls that mount to the wall or the bottom of your cabinets.
3. Make sure your kitchen is not a dumping ground for non-kitchen items. If coats and bags are an issue, mount hooks by the door. If paperwork gets dumped on the counter or table, you can find some ideas for dealing with paper clutter in a few of my previous blog posts. Whatever the items are, identify why they're ending up in the kitchen and address those issues.
Once you've cleared off your counters, come back and let us know how it's going. Have you noticed a connection between the amount of clutter in your kitchen and your eating habits?