I actually have tears in my eyes. Thankfully, no one reads this blog, so there’s no reason to be embarrassed. I got my first comment! I know it’s from Laura, who runs Menu Plan Monday and comments on all first timers, but it’s exciting!
I really think I’ve had a breakthrough. I knew I needed to get up earlier than my kids. I’ve known that since my first kid started school, and probably before that. But knowing and understanding are two different things. Getting my kitchen in order VERY first thing in the morning makes much more of a difference than I ever realized it would. The kitchen is the place that can least take being ignored. Other areas get cluttered, but a kitchen gets nasty. I really don’t like nastiness. Although a slob, I’m also a germaphobe. I know it doesn’t make sense, but there you go. I’m sure I’ll delve into that part of my psyche in the future. So, when I got behind in my kitchen, it greatly affected my mood. And I was ALWAYS behind in my kitchen. The thing that has always frustrated me about the kitchen is that it is so constant. Clean it up, and then mess it up within a few hours. Repeat.
Now that I’m staying on top of it this last week or so, it really is easier to keep it clean. Two big pots are so much easier to clean than 7. Especially easier than when you HAVE to clean one in order to have something to cook in. Cleaning a huge pot when the sink is completely full is not easy. But I’ve done it. Many times.
It’s also easier to cook. I’ve known this, but I’m really enjoying it now. It’s so much easier to cook when you don’t have to move everything in order to have a prep space. Today I was able to throw together an impromptu lunch sack for my 3yo without having to shove anything aside. Helped my time, and helped my mental state.