I was gonna take a picture of my freakin’ clean sink to show off. Except I forgot. But seriously, for the first time ever, the said sink was clean the entire stinking day. And not because I avoided using the kitchen entirely. I made 3 meals, a few snacks and a couple of smoothies today.
(Oh, okay, I did have a sitter for a couple of hours when I ran to the coffee shop to have some me-time and I forgot to wash a couple of dishes right before I took off. But still. It was clean almost all day.)
And so I stumbled on a secret that I’m sure is not a secret to many of you already but was a huge epiphany to me, the unlikely of all homemakers. And that is this:
Clean Up As You Go.
I know. Huge, right?
And yet I often just lazily let the stuff pile up on top of each other, as if by ignoring the growing pile, it’s going to make my work later a whole lot easier.
Because I suppose that’s sort of our natural tendency. An inclination to ignore the Present in favor of the Future (or the Past.)
That or sometimes in my case, I tend to overvalue the product over the process. I focus on the actual meal that is coming together that I totally ignore the practice necessary to make it, clean up included.
Or maybe I am totally over-thinking this whole thing.
My New Kitchen Philosophy: One Spoon At A Time
And so, even if just to serve as a reminder (hence the Notes To Self edition), I hereby declare a new kitchen tradition in the Barham household, in which I focus my attention, lovingly, to one spoon at a time. The end result is a kitchen I could not only tolerate but really like throughout the day, and perhaps much more importantly, live a bit closer to Presence than not.
Because really? A clean sink, as it turns out, makes me very happy.
Your Turn: What about you? Have you tried this tip before? As usual, feel free to like or tweet this article below if you are so inclined. That would be awesome.