A weekly column celebrating the neat freak in all of us.
I know it’s hard to believe but I have a hard time getting motivated. The only thing that really helps me is to set a timer. The microwave timer has been one of my favorite kitchen tools these days. What can I do in 34:59? Make a big dent on my kitchen counters. That’s what!
I have this problem…I pile stuff on my kitchen counters…. and so does everyone else! It seems like the right place to put stuff when you come into our house but man does it drive me BONKERS. I get stressed out like you wouldn’t believe when the counters look like this. And about 75% of the time they do. There’s really no stopping it, but there is a way to manage it…
This corner gets junked up too. I cram too much stuff in there and most of the time I have no idea what’s back there. From the paper towel holder to the right there’s a black hole. Bread goes there to be bready.
I apparently like to use the stove top as a kitchen counter. Niiiice.
So what I like to do is set the timer and start sorting.
I make a few piles and plan my attack.
This section is where I put all the stuff that need to be cleaned/washed. It’s narrow but in my brain that’s where dirty dishes go.
I put away all of the clean dishes on the counter, loaded the dishwasher and let it run. Things are moving along!
I did some of the dishes by hand, dry them and put them away immediately. Drying dishes is one of my least favorite things to do because I like piling clean stuff on my counter. I’m kidding. I’m just lazy.
I grab all the food that’s just hanging out….getting in my way and PUT IT ALL AWAY. See ya.
There are a lot of things that don’t belong….These items get put away too.
I clear out this section so I can do a little deeper cleaning. I do this about once a week…sometimes twice.
I spot clean every night with a soapy sponge.
Have you tried this method kitchen cleaner? I think it smells like a lemon-line snow cone.
DONE. Boom. Things are put back, organized and cleaned.
In the process, I ended up moving my pot over to the counter and creating a bread bowl. I like it!
Except when I need to make a stew. Wait. It’s not stew weather. We’ll regroup when it is.
And here we have the final after. Big diff, right?
A timer is how I stay motivated! I usually find that when the time’s up, I keep working because after about 20 minutes I get into a really good groove. It’s a win win. Maybe I’m just inherently competitive with myself.