Our habits are what makes up our day – whether we realise it or not – and the more good habits you can incorporate, the easier life will become.
Today I wanted to look at habits specifically for when you are in your kitchen – habits that will make life so much easier…
The kitchen is one of the most used rooms in most houses, so it makes sense to ensure that everything runs as smoothly as possible every day.
Adding these habits into your life (most of them are able to be used daily) will transform how your kitchen works for you. They will enable you to save time and energy each and every day, what could be better than that!
So – without further ado – let’s get started! – these are my top habits to try and incorporate into your life when you are in the kitchen (and I’d love to know how many you already do, so please let me know in the comments below – thanks in advance!).
#1 – WIPE SURFACES DAILY
Quick and easy to do – but really makes a difference to how you feel when you walk into the room.
This also has another massive bonus – and that is that it makes you much more likely to tidy the surfaces regularly as well. After all – do you really want to have to move lots of bits and pieces to wipe things down every day?
#2 – EMPTY THE BIN DAILY
I like to have a small bin in my kitchen, as this makes emptying it a more regular event.
Kitchen bins smell. Fact. Why would you want that smell lingering any longer than it has to? I definitely don’t want to smell last nights food in the bin when I come down in the morning.
If you can empty the bin each evening, then you can start afresh the following day (you also won’t have to spend valuable time in the morning sorting out a full bin…).
#3 – LEAVE THE ROOM TIDY EVERY NIGHT
A quick 5-10 minutes each evening after you have finished eating means that you can go to bed safe in the knowledge that everything is ready for you in the morning.
You can come down and sort breakfast without having to do any extra jobs (and in the morning this is crucial to getting out of the house on time), and you will know where everything is.
and on a similar note….
#4 – TURN THE DISHWASHER ON AFTER TEA
After you have finished eating your evening meal, tidy away everything and then ensure you set your dishwasher there and then.
Habits always work best when they are attached to things you already do (they don’t seem as difficult then), and so having this as the last thing you do for you tidy up means it’s not forgotten and you won’t have to come downstairs in the morning to realise you have no clean things for breakfast…
#5 – EMPTY THE DISHWASHER EACH DAY
As soon as you walk downstairs, you probably put the kettle on and start preparing breakfast.
Why not add emptying the dishwasher to this so that you have all your clean cutlery and crockery ready for breakfast, and when breakfast is finished you can load them straight into the dishwasher before you leave for the day…
#6 – PUT THINGS AWAY AS SOON AS YOU HAVE USED THEM
There is nothing more frustrating than not being able to find something when it’s needed. It wastes time and increases stress which could be avoided by doing a really simple thing…
Put it back as soon as you use it!
Your kitchen needs to work for you and your needs, and it won’t work if you have bits and bobs stuffed in every cupboard and don’t have a specific place for each thing.
Take a bit of time up front to work out what makes sense to go where, and then move it around. Once you have given everything a space, then ensure it stays that way by putting things back there as soon as you use them.
This means you will keep on top of your kitchen without even trying!
The last 5 habits are all related to food – as this is one of the most crucial parts of your kitchen working for you – let’s get going, shall we!…