Since finding out we are going to have twins in November I have been lapping up books and blogs on how to get this whole household management thing under control. I’ve made a few changes in our kitchen and I hope that if you are also in a busy season of life some of these ideas may bless you too!
One major change is implementing ‘kitchen day’. For me, this is on a Tuesday (after ‘washing day’ on Monday). I can’t say that I have perfectly executed a single kitchen day yet, but the idea is that I use this as a day to particularly focus on kitchen prep, baking and cleaning. Doing this somehow feels a bit kitsch, but hey ho, it’s working well in this house!
Why would you want to do this?
I don’t know about you, but I find that when I’m busy, I don’t have a daily to do list neatly written out the night before, my meal planning and shopping goes downhill so there are more we don’t have any bread left crisis and more time is taken up with emergency shopping trips. Basically I easily feel out of control and let loads of things slip. I love the fact that with special jobs to assigned to different days of the week I don’t need to worry about everything every day, I just need to focus on one area. I don’t even need to decide what that area is. I’m chronically indecisive and I love the simplicity of knowing what my key focus is each day. Even more than this, I love the fact that we do actually have bread do eat, food made for the freezer and sometimes we even have a mopped kitchen floor!
What do you do on a kitchen day?
Obviously, you do exactly what you want to do and what you would find to be useful. I guess most jobs will fit broadly into the two categories of:
The main priority for me is making bread. I’m not sure I’ll keep going with this one with very small babies, but for now I make our bread and we eat a lot of it! On a successful day I will try to make at least 3 loaves to freeze for the week. On a very successful day I may even involve the kids and make into a fun activity.
I also try to make one other useful food item. I have made fermented carrot and ginger, bolognese for the freezer (so useful for when we went away on holiday!), stock, a big salad for the week.
I’ve discovered that the key to making this day work is getting things ready in advance, ie if I’m making sourdough bread the starter needs to be lively and good to go in the morning, or the meat needs to be defrosted for bolognese. It is a day for action not planning!
in addition to this I try to sort out a drawer, clean appliances and mop the floor. I have been amazed at what a difference it has made to sort out a drawer a week. My kitchen feels more orderly behind the scenes and, shock horror, I actually enjoy tidying out my drawers.
I don’t expect to keep all this up with young babies. However, hopefully it will mean that things should at least start from a slightly more organised place, and I will have an established routine which I should be able to slip back into at some point without having to reinvent the wheel.
Do you have any good tips for getting organised in the kitchen? Have you ever tried having a focused kitchen day?