I live with a guy who likes the counter clean. I, OF COURSE, dump everything on the counter. I have learned to dump it on the counter, but before the end of the day, I put everything on that counter away. It is fabulous to wake up to a clean space. Things you need and use have a “place” to go.
I have taken to opening the mail above the paper recycle bin. Zowie. Does that project go fast! I keep what need. Tear off the addresses and take those to the shredder. Mail done in minutes. It used to become a giant scary pile on the counter.