This Kitchen Spot Is the Key to Happiness, According to One Expert

published Jan 8, 2018
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I recently learned about the Flylady. She’s the character version of Marla Cilley, whose site Flylady offers cleaning and organizing advice with a lot of positive, empowering messaging to keep you motivated. And one thing she firmly believes in is if you can make your kitchen sink sparkle, you will feel accomplished and motivated to keep the rest of your home under control.

And she has a very detailed 12-step plan for the first time you clean your sink. You can read the full tutorial here, but it involves bleach, a butter knife, powdered cleanser, Windex, and dental floss.

See the steps: Shining Your Sink at Flylady

Although it sounds kind of out there, you have to admit that there’s something deeply satisfying about cleaning the heck out of an area you didn’t even realize was all that dirty! Scraping built-up debris from around the faucet, buffing and drying the surface until it really shines — that’s fun! And she’s on to something, because, despite being 12 steps, it honestly doesn’t take that long, and once you’ve done the deep-clean, it’s about maintenance.

I have to admit that until recently, I wasn’t even aware that the kitchen sink needed all that much attention. Since learning it can harbor more germs than a toilet bowl, I’ve made an effort to give it a scrub every now and then. But Flylady’s not talking about germs — she’s talking about that feeling of getting one thing done well, seeing the results, and feeling empowered to take on the next task. It’s the same theory as making your bed each morning: If you wake up to a sparkling kitchen sink from the night before — especially as opposed to a sink full of dirty dishes — your opening thought is along the lines of “I got this.”

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So I did it. Not the full 12 steps, but way more than my usual swipe across the surface, and definitely including the Windex. I was impressed with the amount of debris hidden under the ledge of the countertop, and with the sheen I got from the Windex. It certainly motivated me to put away the dishes that were drying on the countertop, which I usually let sit for at least a day or two. Then I ran around the kitchen and decluttered the countertops.

Our less-involved method: How To Clean Your Kitchen Sink

The next morning, I admit, it was really nice to wake up to a clean, empty sink, and clean, empty countertops to boot. So nice that it’s been four nights in a row that I’ve cleaned the sink before bed. I might be an officially converted Flybaby, in Cilley’s blogspeak.

What do you think — will you try it?