Today is Tuesday, April 9, 2013—Our Zone is our Kitchen.

Each Tuesday is Duster Dance Day and the one thing we do in our homes is to put on some lively music, grab a good duster, and dust all the surfaces. A good duster is one that works. I will say over and over that the cheap chicken feather dusters only move dust around. If you have a chicken feather duster, get it, walk directly to your wastebasket and drop it in. An ostrich feather duster is a beautiful thing. It does collect dust and then you simply shake it out –outside—and it is ready for use. I also like a Swiffer duster, lambs’ wool, or microfiber dusting mitt. The dusting mitt makes it easy to dust the surfaces on your blinds. Dusting is a kid friendly task, especially with a feather duster. Let your toddler hit the low spots while you hit the high ones. My children used to love it when I dusted them with the feather duster.

In our kitchen, Duster Dance Day equals wiping down our surfaces—our cabinets, including knobs or pulls, countertops, and appliances. A microfiber cloth and water will do the job. Work one small area at a time moving things as you go.

Reserve the front 2/3rd of your counters for food preparation. Only allow the back 1/3rd for

  • items you use regularly, like the toaster or knife block,
  • décor

Remember the purpose of your kitchen counters—Food prep and cleanup. Everything on your counters should relate to that purpose. 

To make your life easier,

  • Empty the dishwasher as soon as you can after it has run its cycle. Then put all dirty dishes directly into the dishwasher instead of leaving them on the counters or in the sink. When full, run the dishwasher.
  • When you begin to cook a meal or bake, fill the sink with hot soapy water and wash your cooking implements as you go.

Do not feel like a martyr. Set the example and the standard yourself, then gently teach what you have learned to your children. Make it fun. Housework can be drudgery but it doesn’t have to be. Your attitude makes all the difference.


Mary P 

Anything worth doing is worth doing poorly, until you can do it well. Zig Ziglar


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