What Works, What Doesn’t: Kitchen Clutter
Posted May 3, 2008on:
What Works is the habit of doing all the dishes – every night – no matter how tired I feel. There’s nothing worse than waking up to a messy kitchen. I often use my pot of tea trick to get the dishes done, and I usually discover that it doesn’t really take that long.
What Doesn’t Work is the dishdrainer, which is always piled high with drying dishes, not to mention the overflow onto the adjacent counter – a jumble of rinsed plastic bags, the espresso machine accessories, large pans, etc. that gives me a pang of anxiety every time I look at it.
When I was growing up, we never hand-dried dishes; my mother thought this was unhygienic. This from a woman who now lives surrounded by clutter and junk, but that’s a story for another post.
So I want to eliminate the dishdrainer, or at least eliminate it as a storage container.
I need to get in the habit of getting out a clean, dry dishtowel when I’m finished washing, and dry and put everything away. Tedious, yes – and a small change – but so satisfying to see that space cleared: another step in my quest for order, serenity and peace of mind.