After decluttering the main areas of our homes, we moved on to forming habits to stay uncluttered. During the first week of working on these habits, we pondered consumerism, but our assignment was to get our kitchen into an uncluttered state each night. Waking up to a clear slate in the kitchen is a definite stress-reducer.
On my fourth consecutive evening of practicing the uncluttered kitchen habit, the dishwasher would not hold all of the dishes, so I washed the extras by hand, dried them, and put them away. Around 9:00 pm, no less than NINE people descended on my kitchen – mostly my kids, but also an odd fiancé or neighbor. They proceeded to make shakes, eat ice cream, make guacamole, etc., mostly in the bowls I had just washed and dried. I calmly reminded them of this week’s assignment, and they all agreed to clean up, but it was painful to watch chaos descend. As I helped them rinse the dishes, slightly bemoaning my predicament, my 18 year old daughter put it all in perspective by quipping, “Isn’t it terrible that your house is lived in?” I laughed and laughed. A lived in house is much better than the alternative. By the way, those dishes got rinsed, but they waited for the next dishwasher load. I was not going to wash them by hand again. And I was ok with that. Minimalism my way!