I thought you might like a recap of the kitchen portion of The Reasonably Clean House series.
Of course, you can always go to the categories to see what’s been posted. I’m not done quite yet, but we’ve covered a lot already, haven’t we?
- Rules for the kids.
Even a small child can clear his place.
You need the big picture of how you are handling food and clean and dirty dishes in your kitchen.
- Horizontal Surface Management.
A secret for the clutter bug.
- Make things pretty over the kitchen sink.
When you make it pretty, you like it better!
- The things you clean with should be cleaner than the things you clean!
Choose the right level of clean for the cleaning that you are doing.
- Pause for cleanup.
For the “clean-as-you-go”-impaired, another way to think about it.
This weekend I was inspired by Amanda Soule’s post on a dish mat she made, to do the same. That is just the kind of crafting I love — a true hack. Take what you have on hand and make something you need! She’s right — it’s a very satisfying feeling!
Clearly a bath towel is going to make a better soaker for clean dishes than a thinner dish towel, and I like the idea of another layer. When I put the dishes away, the mat hangs on the oven door to dry. I made three so I can always have a fresh, clean one.
The bath towels I used were actually in good condition and wonderfully absorbent, but had that syndrome — you know the one I mean — where the binding shrunk and left the whole thing looking a sorry mess. Why do “they” make them that way?
These linen towels are cute — well, that calendar one is sort of beyond cute and into um…you should probably throw that away…but — BUT!! I know my MIL gave it to me because it’s the year of our wedding, and it does have that old linen absorbancy…how could I throw it away? I ask you?
The others, which my mother gave me, were practically new, but I tend not to put linen towels in my rotation, for the most part, because cotton towels make better covers for rising dough. Do you find that? Dough sticks to linen something terrible.
|I just went around the edges of the two towels with a stitch that binds the ends. Easy-peasy.|
So when I’m grabbing a towel from the pile, I want it to be a cotton one. But here is the perfect application for these beautiful towels. There was a third, but I wrecked it trying another craft that didn’t pan out. That happens sometimes — things just don’t work because of some unforeseen factor. You can move on if it’s just stuff you’ve pulled from your stash…
|Someone’s craft space is a leetle out of control…|
So, back to that list of posts — is there anything you’ve found has helped your kitchen cleanup to go more smoothly? I’d love to hear from you!