I don’t know about you, but when I decide to clean something, I go all in. On Saturday morning, we enjoyed cornmeal and blueberry pancakes from a cookbook Middle Son gave me for Christmas (the recipe needs some tweaking but it has potential.) And as we ate, I kept looking over at the kitchen and thinking about the pent-up post-holiday clutter that never seemed to quite go away no matter how many times I glared at it. Hmmmm.
So as soon as breakfast was over, I set in to clean, and clean I did. The dishwasher and oven cleaned themselves, but every surface and several cabinets got some one-on-one time with me. Every countertop was completely cleared, scrubbed and buffed. The backsplash areas got a damp cloth and stubborn stains got treated to the magic of a Magic Eraser. The plasticware cabinet was overhauled and the coffee grinder was relegated to the garage. Every now and again, I might need it…but with the arrival of the Keurig, those times are few and far between these days. As I wiped off the top of the microwave, a strip of plastic suddenly appeared…it was one of those protective strips they put on in the factory so it doesn’t get scratched from store to installation. For shame. This house was finished over six years ago and we’ve lived here for almost two years….and I’m just now finding and removing it? I *do* wipe that ledge atop the microwave occasionally, I swear.
The finishing touch was to scrub and buff the sinks. I had seen this tip on Pinterest and decided to give it a whirl. Well, at least the last part. I used my trusty Barkeeper’s Friend to do the scouring, then did the olive oil buff job. They are definitely shinier and I hope they’ll stay a little cleaner…for at least a few days.
Do you clean your sinks? I hear horror stories of people who don’t…really? I scour mine at least a couple times a week, and definitely after any raw meat has dripped or dribbled in a basin.
Even clean, the kitchen is visually busy. My rainbow of Fiestaware isn’t exactly a soothing monochromatic color scheme and I use tools, prep bowls and appliances too often to keep them tucked away in cabinets.
But when it’s clean, it definitely sets a better “tone” for our open floor plan. And I know the kitchen won’t stay this clean for long. We work hard, play hard, and eat hard in this area and I wouldn’t have it any other way. For now, we’ll do what we can to maintain it….and in a few weeks, I’ll be running a sinkful of scalding hot water and doing it all over again.
After the kitchen was finished, Swimmer Girl and I headed out for pedicures and a movie (Les Miserables). Five hours of uninterrupted mother-daughter weekend time = awesome.
I hope your weekend was filled with some activities that gave you a sense of satisfaction, and some opportunities to savor a special moment. Those are the best weekends, in my book.
P.S. Yes, I’m still keeping up with my daily Bible readings, which is proving extremely convenient since they are posted on Facebook every day. Last week’s passages blazed a trail through the lives of patriarchs, and I’ve once again pondered our oh-so-human frailties: deception, favoritism and envy marred the relationships of Abraham, Isaac, Jacob and their families. This week will focus on Joseph…and his ability to see God and good in the trials of life. We could all learn a lesson or two from his story.