As much as I enjoy creating home cooked meals and baked goods from scratch, I must admit that I have standards and requirements that need to be met before the magic can begin, or as my mother would say “I can’t be bothered!” For starters, the table and countertops must be free of clutter, the sink has to be clean, and the stove has to be ready to go. I find that when all of these factors are in place, it helps me to feel motivated and focused, and ready to put in the time, energy, and love that is necessary to whip up a delicious meal, or mouth watering dessert.
Beginning with the end in mind, prior to getting started, I make it a point to fill up the basin that I keep in the sink, with hot sudsy water so that I’m prepared to clean up as I go. Also included in the process is loading up the dishwasher, wiping up any spills or splatters that have occurred, as well as wiping down other apparent surfaces with antibacterial wipes. This way, after consuming a meal, there will only be minimal things left to do, and I will have the luxury of being able to kick back and relax much sooner, instead of stressing myself out by lingering in the kitchen.
On the other hand, if your household is shared by other members, it is also their responsibility to make sure that the kitchen (which is usually the heart of the home where a lot of time is spent) is well maintained even if it means drawing up a weekly schedule and posting it in an area that is visible so that everyone has their fair share of chores to, do including the kids.
Article written by Dottie Komara/Clutter Free Lifestyle Solutions