Who am I kidding?
I hate cleaning up the kitchen. Sometimes I just want to scream and run away from the never-ending cycles of food and dishes. They just go on and on and I don't want to wash another plate as long as I live. And that's not overstating it.
Yesterday, I had forgotten to start the dishwasher and the next batch of breakfast/lunch/dinner dishes was piled in the sink. I stacked everything as neatly as I could and then got out of the kitchen. I planned to leave it like that until morning, when I'd have enough courage to face the round of sticky plates and bowls. Yuck. I had enough for one day. I did a mile walk, wrote some emails, worked on a few chores and then grabbed a book so I could disappear into a novel for the rest of the evening.
One last drink of water before heading upstairs. I flipped on the kitchen light and stood there. The dishwasher had finished round one of the dishes and I thought, "well, it would just take a few minutes to unload this so in the morning all I'd have to do is load what's in the sink."
So I unloaded it, then looked at the pile of stacked dishes. "It would just take a few more minutes to go ahead and load these, and then I wouldn't have to wake up to this mess," I mused.
In less than fifteen minutes, the sink area was cleared and wiped down....and I didn't even scream about it. I guess because I thought I was doing something "extra" and "not required" it didn't seem so bad. Wow, I was amazed.
Today's Small Thing is to give yourself an extra fifteen minutes in the kitchen.
Set your timer and go to town. You don't even have to try and beat the clock, because fifteen minutes is A LOT of time when you devote it to one area. Load the dishwasher, wipe down counters, scrub your sink.....whatever is that "extra" step today. You'll probably have time left over on your clock and wonder what to do with those last few minutes.
Amaze yourself in fifteen beautiful little minutes.
What did you accomplish in fifteen minutes? Impress us.