So So Tempting . . . (And a Family Kitchen Clean Up Report)

We’ve been doing our Family Kitchen Clean-Up Time for three whole weeks now.

We get off track on the weekends, but during the week we’re pretty much rockin’ it.

And . . . it’s fun.

I know. So strange. But really, one of my biggest excuses/reasons for not cleaning up the kitchen in the evening is that I hate missing family time.

This way, Kitchen Clean Up IS family time. For real.

It’s provided lots of conversations, quite a bit of laughter, real-life counter-wiping training, and barely any tears.

With five people, it gets a little crowded, so we’ve expanded into lunch-making.

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Which . . . is my six-year-old’s dream come true.

Seriously. Turns out, I could have put peanut butter, jelly, and a loaf of bread in her stocking and she would have been happy.

So last week, on my birthday, I was cooking supper. (Don’t feel bad, we partied hard the day before.)

I made something that took a lot of prep and then went into the oven for 30 minutes. So . . . I was kinda, sorta done 30 minutes before we were going to eat.

The kitchen looked like this:

I was tempted.

SOOOOO soooo tempted . . .

. . . to leave it that way. Knowing that we had a scheduled Clean Up Time, it just seemed so logical.

I know. It’s not actually logical. It’s Slob Logical. And that’s how I roll . . .

But then I looked at the timer for the casserole in the oven:

And I started doing just a few things. Throwing away trash. Putting things back into the fridge.

When the timer said this:

The kitchen looked like this:

Slightly better. And a little less overwhelming for the family.

And . . . if you happen to see my phone on the counter, you’ll notice that I spent part/most of this time on Facebook.

Then . . . I decided to add one final touch, just for Hubby’s sake:

I closed the cabinet doors.

Which took all of 30 seconds. Including picture-taking.

Hmmmph.

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