It’s day four of the 31 Days of Mindfulness Challenge and today’s task is to clear off those counters. A cluttered space creates a cluttered mind; clear the space, clear the mind. 

Day Four: Clear Off Those Counters

“There’s something about a clean house, a clean room. It does wonders for the psyche.”
– Brian Sansoni

Today, we’re talking clutter. Specifically, counter clutter. 

I don’t know about you, but around this house, the kitchen island counter becomes a catch-all for all. the. things., seemingly overnight. 

And it usually stays that way for awhile until one of us gets a bug up our you-know-what and decides everything needs to go. 

For some reason, this little act of cleaning the four sections of counter we have in the kitchen is enough to bring complete relaxation to our home. I’ll be the first to admit that it’s a little silly because yes, the paint is chipping on the cabinets and there’s a good chance one of the dogs recently slobbered all over the floor around their water dish, but the counters are clean and the rest doesn’t matter. 

It wasn’t until recently that I was listening to a podcast about a women who owned a closet organizing business and she talked about how clutter around the house, especially in our most-frequented spaces, creates clutter in your mind.

If you’re overwhelmed, stressed, etc. and your space is filled with clutter, you aren’t giving yourself any room to breathe, both physically and mentally. I notice this, too, when I’m in my office – if the desk has started to fill up with papers and post-it notes and old coffee cups, I have made it a habit to check the overwhelm. Does it have anything to do with my surroundings or do I REALLY have too much on my plate? 

Your challenge today isn’t to clean your entire house – I’m asking you to pick ONE room with surfaces/counters, take ten minutes and clean. Remove everything unnecessary and take note of the feeling afterwards. My hope is that you’ll experience the same calm that seems to appear for us and this will be your new go-to when/if the overwhelm starts to creep back in. 

If you’re joining in, let us know what room you tackled in the comments! 

All our best,


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