I have to admit…I’m scared.
On any given day, my kitchen looks like this:
Now, I KNOW I’ve told you how my husband’s friend taught me to clean my kitchen, and you know I was back on the FLYlady bandwagon, but if I were to be totally upfront and honest (which I strive to be at all times), my kitchen is a disaster.
Why? I don’t know. I wish I could pinpoint the why behind it, but suffice it to say it has ALWAYS been this way (well, except for those 2 years I was a full-fledged FLYbaby). I suspect it has something to do with, dare I say it, laziness?
I’d like to blame it on the fact that my kitchen is tiny. I’d like to blame it on having to cook 3 meals a day for 7 people. I’d even like to think it is simply a matter of having too much stuff (which is why this is the room I chose for this week), but I really don’t think that’s all there is to it. By the time the meal is prepared and eaten and dishes cleared, I just want to retreat to my comfy chair and stare off into outer space…the rest of the afternoon…
And alas, my lack of gumption is rubbing off on my children. I’ve been so convicted of this lately it isn’t even funny! Everywhere I turn is a mirror pointed in my direction showing me precisely the person I truly am. When it comes to cleaning the kitchen, I am lazy about it and just don’t want to do it.
So, I came up with a plan…
Several of our summers have been spent vacationing in cabins where all you have is just what you need and that is it. One cabin we frequently stay at barely has enough plates and cups for our family. We wash after every single meal because we have to. Laziness cannot live there for very long.
So, that’s what I decided to do. I’m not going to get rid of all but 7 dish and cup combinations, but I can make all but that many totally inaccessible; therefore, forcing me out of my laziness. That’s what I did on Monday. By Monday night, my dish cabinet looked like this:
On the bottom shelf are 7 cups, 7 bowls, and 7 plates (of varying degrees of breakability). Everything else that used to litter that cabinet is packed and stacked into the top shelf, far beyond my reach.
I also managed to get the lower cabinets on one side of my galley kitchen organized. There were a few things I could get rid of, but most of the things on that side were needed items.
That’s all I managed in the kitchen this week, but it’s a good start! Anyone care to share the state of their kitchen???