Even if you don't believe in miracles, you probably believe in tiny miracles. They're the little things that, against all odds, happen and make a huge difference in our lives. A tiny miracle can be a recipe that gets dinner on the table during the most hectic weekday, the little hack that finally organizes your fridge, a newfound motto that helps you stay on top of kitchen messes, or anything else that seems like a gift from above. To help us all start the new year off right, we asked some influential bloggers and cooks to share their biggest tiny miracles.
Becky Rapunchick, the blogger behind Clean Mama, spends her days working by herself, writing and photographing all the content for her site. At night, she has to settle down like the rest of us into the routine of feeding her kids and getting the house tidied up at the end of the day. Her tiny miracle: Making the so-simple-yet-hard-to-actually-enforce decision to clean the sink up every night before bed.
"For me, it was revolutionary to wake up in the morning with a clean kitchen and a fresh start," says Rapunchick. Before making this decision, her habit was to leave the dishes to do in the morning, but she found that waking up to the big pile of dishes was making her stressed and feel like she was starting her day at a deficit.
"So now, every night, I load the dishwasher, wash the dishes, get the sink area all clean and close the kitchen," says Rapunchick. Here's a breakdown of the routine.
1. Get the dishwasher loaded and running.
"If it's not totally full, I'll throw in some extra stuff, like the stove grates or the tea kettle, to fill it up," says Rapunchick. In the morning, she has her kids empty the dishwasher.
2. Do a sink scrub.
"The sink is one of the dirtiest places in the house, but once I scrub it, it looks and smells good. I use essential oils in my sink scrub mixture to make cleaning the sink more of an aesthetic experience that lifts me up," says Rapunchick. She likes to add lemon and clove to her baking soda mixture for a warm, happy scent, then scrubs the sink with a dedicated scrub brush and tosses it into the dishwasher to disinfect it every once in a while.
See her full recipe: Nightly Sink Scrub at Clean Mama
3. Wipe down the countertops.
"I have granite countertops, so I clean them with a mixture of water, rubbing alcohol, and a drop of dish soap," says Rapunchick. She just sprays the counters down and wipes them with a bar towel for a quick clean.
See her full recipe: Marble & Granite Cleaning Spray at Clean Mama
"The whole routine probably only takes 15 minutes, but I love to wake up and brew a cup of coffee in the morning without staring at a stack of dirty dishes," says Rapunchick. "Plus, it sets the tone for the evening, too — my work is done, and now I can relax."