I'll admit it. I'm not a super neat person. It's not that I'm a slob but I can definitely handle a little more disarray than most people. But no matter what, when I go to bed at night I know one thing for sure will never greet me in the morning: a pile of dirty dishes. That's because over the years I've learned to make doing the dishes as pleasurable as possible. My current method has just two elements: really nice dish soap and a favorite podcast.
I do not have a dishwasher, which means all the dishes get hand-washed in my house, so it's not uncommon for the dish rack to be under quite a bit of strain from the day's plates, glasses, and pans. We went through two replacements of this wooden dish rack from IKEA, which warped and cracked both times. Fed up with "disposable" dish racks, I knew I wanted something sturdy, reliable, long-lasting, yet aesthetically pleasing. This dish rack from Simplehuman fit the bill.
My bench scraper is my go-to kitchen tool. It makes all my baking blunders, stuck-on dough, or boiled-over sauces disappear in an instant. But what I didn't realize is that using it before I clean instead of after saves me tons of time and money!
I love these old antique crocks, which can be had for a song at flea markets, antique shops, and even thrift stores. And here's a smart way to put one of these substantial crocks to use: Stash your kitchen linens!
If you would have asked me five years ago if I would have cared about the trash can in my kitchen, I would have most likely laughed and walked away. Investing in a quality (or even funky) trash can is a wonderful idea!
We've spent far too much money on bottles of stainless steel cleaner that claim to wipe out smudges. We haven't had much luck—only buyer's remorse. But did you know you can use a super inexpensive product from the drugstore that does a better job? Several of you smarty pants mentioned it in this post.
When I throw a big party, I want to provide guests with an unobtrusive place to toss their trash, but the bin shouldn't be so small that it becomes an overflowing pile midway through the festivities. That's why I am intrigued by these large-capacity, reusable "party bins" from Etsy seller HobnobUSA, which look like an easy, attractive way to provide guests with accessible garbage and recycling bins.