WHEN THE KITCHEN IS,; clean,; the rest of the house stays clean,; too.
In other words,; as the kitchen goes,;
so goes the house. A dirty kitchen
infects all the other rooms of your
home. Strive to keep the kitchen tidy.
>Empty the dishwasher first thing
upon entering the kitchen.; This way,;
you have a place for dirty dishes.
>Keep the sink spotless and shining.;
If the sink is clean,; you are less likely
to put a dirty dish in it.
>Use a clean dishcloth and dishrag
>Get in the habit of drying your sink
after every use with the
clean dish cloth.
>Fill the sink with
>Deal with trash and recyclables in
hot, soapy water
when you start to
cook.; (This helps
to clean as you go.)
If you don’t,; the
dishes pile up! Swish
them well and put them in the dish-
washer. When you’re through cooking,;
all you have to do is load the dishwash-
er with the dishes from dinner.
the kitchen as you finish your
>Shut the cabinet doors.;
>Keep a can of Comet, a bottle of
Windex, and cleaning towels handy
(for the little spritz that keeps things
>Make table-clearing everyone’s
job.; Have each person take his or her
own plate from the table to the
kitchen. They should rake their scraps
into the compost bin and put their
plate into the dishwasher. This is
something children can do!
It is tough,; but give this a try. List
every meal you’re going to cook for a
month on a calendar,; and you will have
a journal of what to fix. From this
journal,; you can make menu cards and
a grocery list.
Once you have the right food in your
house,; you are more apt to cook it.
Knowing what is planned for the day
keeps you on track. If we have to
wonder about what to cook,; we will
probably go out.
Keep a master grocery list and a
highlighter on your refrigerator. You can
compile it by categories,; alphabetically,;
or by the way your grocery store is laid
out—whatever works for you! When
you run low on something,; highlight it
on your list,; then take the list to the
grocery store on your shopping day.
Another tip: Clean out the refrigerator the day before you go grocery
shopping. This gives you a neat place
to put your food.
Give your laundry the attention it
deserves. If you don’t,; you will pay
later. It will pile up and get out of
hand. Here are some tips:
>Sort.; If we have to sort the dirty
clothes,; it may take longer to put a load
in the washer. We might decide not to
do it at all. Try this: Have three baskets
in the closet or wherever you keep
dirty clothes—one for whites,; one for
colors,; and one for delicate clothes
that you don’t want to wash with other
things. As you undress,; place the dirty
clothes in the proper basket,; and hang
up the items that can be worn again.
> Wash.; Do a load only if you have
time to wash,; dry,; fold,; and put away.
>Dry.; Take the clothes out of the dryer
the minute you hear the buzzer. This
saves you from ironing.
>Fold.; Fold the clothes as soon as you
get them from the dryer.
>Put the clothes away.; No one likes
to live out of a laundry basket. Have a
place for everything,; even if you have
to label the drawers until you get used
to putting clothes in the right place. A
THE FLYLAD Y,; founder of flylady.net, has
helped millions organize their homes, eliminate
clutter, and establish simple household routines
for getting their homes clean.
Preventing your kitchen
from falling into messiness,;
and staying on top of meal
planning and laundry,;
are easier than you think.
BY THE FLYLADY
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