Strategies to make taking care of your kitchen easier:
- When you begin to cook, fill the sink with hot soapy water and wash utensils, bowls, pots and pans as you go. When you are finished—Voila—you will have a clean kitchen
- Keep your sink clean and empty, as well as your countertops. Empty your dishwasher after it has run its cycle and put dirty dishes directly into the dishwasher. If you don’t have a dishwasher, place a basin under your sink and put dirty dishes into it. Wash, dry, and put away your dishes when the basin is full.
- Wipe up spills quickly. It’s always easier to clean when the mess is fresh. That includes spills on the floor.
- Take a few minutes each week to clean out your fridge. When you do it only takes a few minutes. I clean my fridge out the night before the trash is picked up, and when there is space in the dishwasher for the containers. I compost the out of date non-protein food.
- Make a cycle menu. The easiest way is to write down what you fix for dinner for two weeks. Put a little extra effort into your planning during that time.Make a point of including family favorites. When someone is reluctant to eat something, I tell them it may not be their day but their day is coming. Repeat your cycle menu every two weeks. Keep one cycle menu for each season—Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall. Keep a copy in your household notebook and repeat seasonally.
- Plan to use your leftovers in your cycle menu. Also reserve a night for trying new recipes and replace old favorites with new as appropriate.
Again, a little at a time. You will get it done.