When you wake up in the morning, do you step into a welcoming kitchen that helps you to greet the day with a smile? Or do you (like me) walk in and see a disaster and figure that you’ll stop and grab something to eat or drink on your way to your first appointment of the day. That could change if you are willing to consider adding Close Down Your Kitchen to you nightly routine.
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I saw an article on closing your kitchen and at first I thought it was talking about closing down a restaurant kitchen at closing time. It turns out that if you apply the same idea to your home kitchen, some wonderful things can happen. Adding a checklist of tasks for your kitchen each night can really make a difference to your next morning.
I decided to add these tasks at the end of the night so that it’s one of the last things I do before washing my face and brushing my teeth and getting into bed.
- Start the dishwasher, or put away the dishes in the counter top drying rack.
- Clear off your counters of any stray items that don’t belong.
- Clean your sink and faucet with cleanser so it is clean and sparkling in the morning
- Wipe down your counters with cleaning spray
- Clean the surface of your stovetop
- Wipe off the kitchen table and put anything away that doesn’t belong there
- Sweep or vacuum your kitchen floor
- If your dish rags are dirty, replace them with clean ones for the next day
- If you are a coffee person, do your coffee process for the next morning and set out your favorite mug so everything is ready when you are still trying to wake up the next morning.
I will admit, I was a bit dubious about this list, it sounded like a lot to do. But you know what – I’ve been doing this for a week, and I’m already starting to really enjoy walking into the kitchen the next morning and spending some me time as I drink my coffee and start the day. Heck, I’m even trying to make breakfast at home now. It’s might just be a bagel or toast, but it’s nice to have something to go with my coffee or orange juice.
Housework is not my thing, so I feared that this list would quickly become too much work, but I was happily surprised to find that the opposite happened. I mentioned the happier morning feeling above, but the positive effects also carried over to the next meal as well. By wiping up the counters and the stovetop it was much easier to start cooking dinner (and yes, even WANTING to cook dinner instead of throwing something in the microwave due to lack of workable space.) I didn’t have stuck on food that I had to remove before I turned on the burners. I had SPACE to mix and measure ingredients on the counters AND without a sink full of dirty dishes, I could easily fill a pot of water for boiling pasta and then (gasp) drain it without causing bodily injury.
After a week, I’m seeing a lot of pluses to this addition in my nightly routine. The only thing I need a bit more time to appreciate is the sweeping the floor. I’ll admit that I’m trying the Swiffer action to keep things simple, and then doing the bigger clean on the regular cleaning days. Doing it daily does mean that there is a small amount of dust to deal with each day which make is go fast and feel rather harmless. Time will tell.
If you already do a close down your kitchen routine, please let us know any of your tips in the comments below. If you are just starting out like me, let us know how it is going, and the benefits that you see.
And for the record, I am still a big believer in rewarding yourself for accomplishing a goal (https://designingforplenty.com/reward-yourself-when-you-accomplish-that-goal/) so I am going to treat myself to a new FUN coffee mug when I’ve accomplished my third week of the close down your kitchen challenge. What are you going to reward your self with?
Here’s to a happy and healthy home!