Excited it's Friday until you get home from a crazy week at work and take a look at the kitchen? Welcome to the club — now grab a sponge and start scrubbing. Just kidding! Wouldn't it be nice if the kitchen was beautiful and clean for all those weekend cooking projects though?
Perhaps a monster broke into your kitchen and dirtied every surface imaginable while both eating everything and leaving everything to spoil? Perhaps you have children, or perhaps you have roommates who act like children. Or maybe, just maybe — going out on a limb here — it was you.
Even Martha Stewart's kitchen can't take five days of eating breakfast, brewing coffee, and making lunch like a madman in 10 minutes as you run out the door at 7:30am. It's going to get a little bit messy up in there, but something's gotta give! Because the idea of spending all Saturday afternoon cooking up bolognese is my kind of heaven, it's particularly disappointing when my weekday self leaves my weekend self a less than stellar kitchen situation.
To remedy this messy situation, I've begun to implement a hump day kitchen checkup on Wednesdays. Of course I try to tidy up as I go during the week, but it's not always feasible. Instead, get up 15 or so minutes earlier one morning to "hit the high points," as my mother says. Washing up a few dishes, sweeping renegade coffee grounds, and refreshing tea towels takes only a few minutes, but goes a long way. Not only will you feel accomplished before even hopping in the shower, but you'll prepare to enter the weekend feeling a little less unhinged.
An extra little bonus? If you've done a nice job keeping up all week, you've bought yourself a few extra minutes of quiet morning time to sip a cup of joe and read the paper.
(Image credits: Leela Cyd)