Generally, I enjoy cooking. I don’t enjoy it nearly as much as I enjoy eating, but it is a hobby of mine and I try to make time for it as often as possible. Cooking is something that makes me feel accomplished. It gives me a sense of pride. There’s nothing like eating something delicious that you’ve actually created yourself! But there is something that deters me from cooking, and that something is, cleaning.
It seems as though I am ALWAYS cleaning the kitchen. I clean up the dishes before I cook, then after I cook, then after I have a snack, etc. And I don’t know about you, but when I cook I often wind up using every utensil I own. You know how it is, I cut some chicken on a cutting board, but then realize I also have some veggies I still need to cut. I can’t cut them on a contaminated board, so instead of washing it off (because I’ve already spent too much time cleaning), I just pull out another board and another knife. Then, I’m stirring something in a pot with a spoon, and I place the spoon down. I come back to stir and forget where I put the spoon, so I am forced to use another one. It’s a viscious cycle that just goes on and on.
So, I’m really looking for tips. How do you keep your kitchens clean while you’re in the process of cooking? Because I’d much rather spend the majority of my time creating something in the kitchen than cleaning up the aftermath.
Maybe that’s what husbands are for…