your kitchen counter

You are likely hosting a bunch of people at your house soon. Or traveling for a while and then coming home to your house. Or just spending a lot more time at your house than usual.

My simplest, best recommendation to get ready for any of those things is this: clear your kitchen counters.

If your mind is cluttered with 37 things you've yet to do, if your house is cluttered with odds and ends and bits of projects, if your heart is cluttered with hope and anxiety and obligation: clear your kitchen counters.

I first wrote about this two years ago with specific instructions and encouragements. It'll probably take you 20 to 30 minutes to get this magic magic magic to happen: clear your kitchen counters.

If surprising things tend to show up on your counters, try to make a home there, and pull at your attention every time you walk by, you are not alone. I love you I love you I love you.