I am happy to announce that my kitchen is clean and sparkly once again. And I have to say, I think I had more fun cleaning it while timing myself and wondering who was going to be closest.
SOMEONE actually guessed exactly…
But I’m not going to tell you yet. First, here’s what I did and the pictures to prove it.
First 25 Minutes
- Unloaded and Loaded Dishwasher (And started it).
- Bagged all trash, Rinsed and bagged all recycling
- Filled Tupperware w/ warm water and soaked all groady silverware and utensils that needed a pre-soak. Did the same for dishes and tupperware inside my Dutch Oven and largest tupperware in the sink *Note, none of my tupperware is actually tupperware, it’s mostly Glad and Rubbermaid.
- Herded all lost pantry items back into their places in the pantry. They were relieved to be home.
The dishes look so happy now that they’re about to be cleaned!
Here’s my silverware and utensils soaking in the non-tupperware tupperware.
LOOK! I can see the actual top of my island. It no longer looks like someone adhered a free-form glass and plastic sculpture to it. (and in one spot, I do mean adhered…)
Getting rid of trash recyclables, and herding lost pantry items home has made a big difference on the counters already.
Second 25 Minutes
- Washed all the pans(by hand) except for the grill pan (started scrubbing grill pan and then left it to soak).
- Cleaned the counters on both sides of the stove
- Washed all the wine glasses (by hand, using their rinse water to pre-soak the grill pan) and set them up to dry.
- Cleaned the stove
The Crock pot I left out, only because I was about to put dinner in it, so it actually saved effort. And what was the point of putting it away for the pictures, when clearly I have no compunctions about displaying my mess to the world.
And things are a little better over here as well. We just need an available dishwasher to fix the rest of this.
To round off the first hour, I dried the wine glasses, scrubbed some more on the grill pan, and then washed, dried, and mineral oiled our cutting boards and cheese board.
Random 7 minutes. Unloaded, loaded, and started another load of dishes. Dumped the scrap pail into the compost pile.
Final 25 Minute Block
- Unloaded and loaded the dishwasher (again!)
- Scrubbed the sink out with baking soda and rinsed it really well (baking soda is good for oh so much more than baking, I buy the huge box for cleaning, and the itsy boxes for baking, AND the refrigerator boxes for the fridge).
- Scrubbed the final counter over the dishwasher
- Threw my drying towels in the hamper, and folded the ones I’m going to use for hand towels tomorrow…
And here’s what it looks like clean!
LOOK! There’s dishes in my cabinets… all’s right with my world.
Which… adds up to one hour and thirty-seven minute or… drumroll please 97 minutes! Jess wins! Congrats, girl, I’ll be facebooking you here soon to tell you what info I need so you can collect our t-shirt.
Honorable mentions go to Mike who guessed a hour and a half, and Shari, who guessed an hour and forty-five (sorry guys, if I had more money, I’d send you t-shirts too!).
And here’s a gratuitous clean sink picture. That one’s for you, Fly Lady.