I am not sure how your house works but in our house our bench attracts EVERYTHING. We have chosen to not have a dinning table inside the house but instead to have a large outdoor eatting area outside. So our bench collects & attracts all. It is our equal to the dreaded dinner table some houses have.
It is nice to reclaim the right homes for all these things. Move everthing from the bench. Place items into their right homes.
This will take practice but make sure you think about what is left on your bench & make sure it never stays there long.
Does your bench or table become a drop zone like mine??