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You’re trying to figure out the simplest way to get organized in the kitchen, right? The key is to establish a stress-free routine. A routine that feels like you’re not actively trying to organize, but rather do something you do every day. We’re creating new habits and routines.
I’m a lazy person and proud of it. But that can get in the way of getting things done. So I decided to work smarter, not harder. I will show you how to keep your kitchen organized by creating new habits and setting new routines in the kitchen to leave you stress-free.
The most important thing to remember is to find something that works specifically for you. That’s exactly what I did. I knew I was lazy and needed to find a way that pushed me to do the things I needed done. Consequently, after establishing a routine for myself in the kitchen, I managed to establish other routines for the house and for working on my blog.
Here’s what you need to do:
1. Identify what you already do.
Look at the routines you already have in place. Specifically, focus on what brings you to the kitchen. Simple, right? You go to the kitchen for about three things: food, drinks, and cooking.
2. Break down what you need to do in the kitchen.
This one can be a little harder. You need to cook, but what exactly do you need to do in order to cook? You need to clean, but what do you have to clean and how often?
Here’s an example: After you cook, there is a mountain load of dirty dishes. They are spread out and need to be gathered. If you have a dishwasher, you must load the dishes. But first, they must be rinsed. After they’re in the dishwasher and fully ran, you have to unload it. Additionally, you may have more dishes that need to be washed.
3. Tackle a few of your tasks every moment you’re in the kitchen.
Alright, the hardest part is getting up and walking to the kitchen. It really is. Just imagine how you don’t want to get up in the morning to go to work so you stay in bed for a few more minutes. Then all of a sudden, time catches up and you’re suddenly zooming out of bed. This is exactly like that moment.
You’re already in the kitchen, so why not just do a LITTLE BIT more? And I emphasize on a little bit. The less you focus on, the more you get done.
Here’s what I do:
Before I get a bowl of cereal in the morning (no one wants soggy cereal), I unload the dishwasher and reload anything else that is in the sink. It takes LESS THAN 5 minutes to do this. But this goes a long way. When you break down what you have to do into small tasks over the day, you do the things that need to be done. More importantly, you do not stress about it or agonize over how long you’re spending on something you’d rather not do.
In my example, I’ve taken care of the latter part of cleaning dishes. I’ve unloaded and reloaded the dishwasher. That means I didn’t have to do this last night after dinner. I broke up my tasks instead of getting overwhelmed. I set up a routine so that I finish everything that needs to be done.
So take my example. Do it or make your own version. Intentionally make decisions about how to tackle the things you need to do in your kitchen. Take into account how you operate to make the best progress.
Setting up a routine in the kitchen is the simplest way to get organized in the kitchen. But it’s all about getting it done. Sometimes we get overwhelmed and think too much of what we need to do. When we break it down into smaller pieces and tackle them one at a time, we do the things we need done.
It’s alright to be lazy. It’s even better to be on top of things.