One area of any house that tends to get ridiculously cluttered and falls behind in being kept up in the kitchen. While previously in Jacks’ room I gave myself 30 minutes, I made sure that this time I gave myself a good chunk of time, 45 minutes to be exact. I broke the cleaning down into 15 minute spurts to make it more manageable and to allow myself to take photos at each quarter hour mark as a way to tell whether or not I was truly making progress. For the sake of saving space, I’ll only post the before and after pictures here.
The “before” photos are on the left, with “after”s on the right and below the “before”s.
Amount of time spent cleaning: 45 minutes
There was a lot of little things that went into cleaning the kitchen, as is always the case. I feel a little odd that the “after” photo still has a load of dishes in the rack and the tea set drying on the table, but I really didn’t feel I needed to put in yet another chunk of time into the kitchen for the day. While I might not be able to list everything I did off the top of my head, here’s what I can recall doing:
- Washed three loads of dishes.
- Dried two loads of dishes.
- Washed new tea set.
- Took care of piles that had been building on chairs.
- Cleaned window sill and placed pumpkins closer to the window.
- Cleaned the top of the butcher block and reorganized.
- Compiled and reorganized recycling.
- Cleaned larger tea kettle.
- Washed counter tops.
- Took care of stuff that was on the table.
- Took care of towel used to drying Belle yesterday.
- Took care of blocking board for knitting.
- Took care of the left over gift wrap from the holidays.
- Fixed Belle’s and Ashes’ bowls and fed them lunch.
- Found a home for the returnables.
- Washed table.
- Removed coupons from fridge and put them in coupon book.
- Placed new magnet calendar on the fridge.
- Cleaned off the pile on the printer.
- Swept the kitchen floor.
With any luck, if I spend about fifteen minutes in the kitchen each day, aside from doing dishes, I should be able to keep it tidy and possibly work on further organization.