Wednesday, January 26, 2011
"Before you start cooking, wash any dirty dishes or you'll dig the hole even deeper." --Lucinda Scala Quinn, Mad Hungry: Feeding Men and Boys
When I was re-reading my copy of Mad Hungry: Feeding Men and Boys, this sentence jumped out at me. I think that following the wisdom contained within would do wonders to ease my feeling of being overwhelmed at the sight of my kitchen after dinner. Pots and pans in the sink, stirring spoons and spatulas sometimes still on the stove, cutting boards on the counter...I'm usually in such a hurry to get the meal made and served, I don't clean up fully as I go along. But at least I can be sure I'm starting with a clean kitchen sink.
That way, once dinner's done, the only dishes I'll have to face will be those from that meal. Even though there may be many, there won't be as many as if lunch dishes or afternoon snack dishes added to the heap.
Another tidbit to ease the pain:
"Assign chores to each family member and enforce them. Assign meal cleanup to a different person every night. Or, for each meal, divide the tasks among everyone: table setting, clearing, cleaning, drying, or taking the garbage out. Depending on the age of your kids, tie important privileges to the execution of assigned tasks...Not only does spreading the meal chores divide the labor and increase your productivity, it also improves the whole mealtime experience."--Mad Hungry: Feeding Men and Boys
So before you start dinner, be sure to take a few minutes to wash any dishes in the sink so you can start with a clean slate. As Ms. Quinn writes, "It never takes as long as you think, and it will save untold mental anguish."