Wednesday has become a favorite. It is the Kitchen Day.
My habit has become to start first thing in the morning and slowly work through it over the course of the day. This chore has, by far, the longest ‘good enough’ and ‘ultimate’ lists.
For a good enough kitchen I need to
*clear and wipe all the counters (including under the counter appliances).
*empty the dish drainer.
*clear out old food & leftovers from the fridge.
*pick up the laundry room (which is small and attached to the kitchen).
*sweep and wash the floors.
Looks like a lot, but ultimately I also try to
*scrub the sink.
*clean the toaster & microwave.
*wipe out the fridge.
*clean the stove and/or oven.
*sort the odd socks in the laundry room.
*wipe down the cupboards.
This happens on Wednesday for a couple of strategical reasons. First, Papa-Bug has the car most Wednesdays, so I can assume I will be at home to work on the kitchen all day. Second, since I get home late on Tuesday, we don’t usually get our after dinner kitchen clean up done and the dishes are just piled up after dinner. Lastly, I run errands on Thursday, so cleaning the kitchen the day before means I have a clear fridge to put the new food in, as well as a good idea of what we need at the grocery store. Additionally, having the kitchen sparkling as we head into the last part of the week feels good – up and over the hump.
I find, as I work through the day that other kitchen tasks make their way into my chore – like sorting bones and starting a batch of broth, making fruit leather out of some fruit that must be used, and so on. It’s relaxing to be tied to this essential room for the day.
Today I opted not to wash the floor – we are carving pumpkins tomorrow evening and I know it will need a wash after that mess. I ended up with time today to start re-claiming the windowsill, taking off some old hardware that was making it look unkempt. I hope to make a little kitchen altar there in the near future – something to look at while I do the never ending dishes.
Housekeeping schedule benefit! Because I know I will have this extended time in the kitchen, I don’t stress too much throughout the rest of the week – I just try to keep the mess to a minimal pile. The big things I will tackle today. This has opened up a lot of time the rest of the week for Brother-Bug’s school time, my time, folding laundry, and whatnot.