Kitchen mess can be a good thing. It means you are using your kitchen. You are cooking and making something! I know it’s hard to see it that way when there is just so much out there about how we should have everything perfect and spotless and fuckin’ magazine ready. Sure, it’s nice to come home to a perfectly clean kitchen. It feels great! I’m not denying that. However, that isn’t always the case for everyone. People have kids, jobs, pets, and want to relax. I get it. I totally get it. (I’m the queen of taking off my pants, putting boxers on and calling it a night). It’s not easy getting to every little thing around the house everyday. And my point here is YOU DON’T HAVE TO.
Do you know how many people actually never cook?
Okay, I don’t know how many, but it’s gotta be a lot. People I meet are always shocked by the fact that I cook dinner just about every night. When you are in your kitchen that much, shit just gets messy. Unless it’s been a bad week at work, and then fuck that I’m not cooking shit- I’m ordering some tasty Indian food and over eating some soft naan. So the fact that you are even attempting to cook and keep your kitchen clean is amazing. Good job you! Because other people are lazy AF and don’t want to.
A dirty kitchen will not keep me from cooking.
Shitty work days aside – cooking ends up being relaxing for me. Sure, clean up sucks but I do try to clean as I go. However, that can be hard if you are doing some crazy complicated dish that requires so many different things. So maybe don’t make something elaborate and complicated when you aren’t in the mood to clean up.
Things I try to get done everyday but it’s OK to not accomplish:
- Wash all the dishes. I hate dirty dishes. C’mon, everyone does. There is nothing better than an empty sink. While that isn’t always the case (you know, because of the fact that a kitchen is used all the time) there are always dishes. Think about it, you probably have a dirty dish or glass somewhere in your house or apartment. Which is totally fine. Unless you leave dishes for like four days and they get a funky smell. Yeah, you know who you are. Then clean that shit. Don’t be completely gross. A day or two is fine, but three? Don’t… Having clean pots and pans is at least a good start. That way you can get food cooking and then attempt to wash plates as needed. But if you have a dishwasher then this probably won’t apply to you. Just load your shit and take it out! You have no excuse for dirty dishes! (I don’t have a dishwasher, so I’m really just jealous)
- Try to make lunch and snacks for the next day. This kind of depends on #1. I love to be able to put together a lunch for my boyfriend and I, the night before. However, it’s so difficult when your counter top is a mess and you just have no time! Which brings me to the third thing that I attempt* to do but don’t always get around to…
- Clean the counter tops. This is at least important if you are going to be cutting things. If you don’t necessarily feel like cleaning, toss your clutter in the sink (if it’s clean haha). The goal here is to have room to chop, it’s just super dangerous if you don’t have a clear space to do this.
- Write down things as I run out of them. This is something that I actually DO get done all the time. Yay! I have a little chalk board velcro-ed onto my kitchen cabinet. I use dustless chalk as well, to minimize more kitchen mess. When I need to drop by the store I take a quick picture of my list and then I don’t forget anything. I’m also trying to keep myself to stick to the list, so I’m not buying things that I don’t really need. (Yeah, walk right past the fuckin’ bargain bin at Target dude. Stay strong!)
- Sweep and/or mop the floor. I do try to do this. I really do. However, I don’t sweep/mop everyday. I do it maybe twice a week. Unless a serious mess has been made, then I’m bustin’ out my broom and going to town. Owning a dog and a cat that is half fur, I do need to sweep a lot. Especially on the hotter days of the year. Fur. Everywhere. The one thing that is useful are those Swiffer Mops. They are quick, easy, painless, and they smell nice. I use them like crazy in my kitchen to get the paw prints off the floor.
See, it’s OK to have a lived in kitchen. Because you fucking live in it! At least I know I do. Even when it’s a mess. I’m fine with it. It’s a beautiful mess that only shows that I love to cook and enjoy my food.
Fuck it. Go ahead and leave the dishes in the sink tonight. It’s totally fine.
attempt = Me thinking about doing said chore, and really convincing myself I will do it, but do not ultimately do that chore and waiting until the last minute to deal with it. For Example: Taking out the trash.