Why does it always seem to take 3 hours to clean up from dinner?
Seriously, is this just me? It doesn’t matter what we have, it seems like it always takes forever to fully clean up the kitchen!!
And I do generally recruit help- it’s not like everyone just ditches me. (Though, I’ll admit I sometimes shoo them off to shower/ do homework/ etc. after they help clear plates.)
It seems like even if we have a “simple” meal (at the breakfast bar), there ends up being extra pots/pans to wash, leftovers to divide up into Tupperware, smears or drips on the counter to wipe up, crumbs on the floor…not to mention the regular dishes, of course.
Then I think we’re finally done, and I turn around and realize the stove top is all streaky and spotted and still needs a good wipe down. Or we missed a pot.
I think it could be compounded by 2 issues:
1) If I’m not able to clean up the “cooking dishes” as I go ( you know, the chopping knife, the cutting board, any prep dishes, etc.), that makes everything worse. Because now after dinner you have all the dishes you ate on PLUS all the prep dishes.
2) We have a tendency to sometimes let clean dishes….linger…(drying) on the left side of the sink for too long. (We have and use a dishwasher, but will hand wash certain things quick, or always our good knives, or any pots/pans…). This means that if we now have any new dishes to hand-wash, those old clean ones have to get put away first, to get out of the way for the new ones! Extra time.
Anyway, this was just on my mind last night as I cleaned up from our VERY labor intensive meal of hot dogs. 😂
Have you ever put pico de gallo on a hot dog?? If not, TRY IT. You’re welcome. (This is a turkey hot dog + cheese+ ketchup + pico de gallo. SO good!!)
We rarely eat hot dogs, but when I ordered groceries last week, the boys requested them. I made a big pot of chicken/veggie soup over the weekend, so I thought hot dogs + leftover soup would make for a nice, easy Monday evening dinner. Actually, it totally hit the spot! Hadn’t had a hot dog like this in ages.
Here are 2 Gratitude Quotes for your Tuesday:
- “Repetitive complaining will attract things to complain about. Repeated gratitude will attract things to be thankful about.“
I love this. I sometimes feel a little self-conscious because I tend to post quite a lot of uplifting/bright type content. Sometimes I worry that people will think I’m being disingenuous, or “only posting my highlight reel” or something. But that’s really not the case…I’m actually just trying to attract more of the things I want more of! Which are uplifting/ bright things. 🙂 (And, I do think I post plenty of my struggles, too, but I try to really lean toward the good stuff, whenever I can.)
2. “Remember, most of your stress comes from the way you respond, not the way life is. Adjust your attitude. Change how you see things. Look for the good in all situations. Take the lesson and find new opportunities to grow. Let all the extra stress, worrying and overthinking go.”
Just a nice little reminder. Easier said than done, yes. But a message we can probably all stand to hear again and again. I especially love the first sentence, about most stress coming from how we respond to things.
Oh! And my “blog posts in a book” arrived while we were away!! It turned out great!! It’s big and thick and 163 pages of our epic family road trip. 🙂
I am grateful for notebooks.