Monday, November 21, 2011

The Kitchen is Ready

Kitchen table with lilacs from the garden at Mrs. White's House.

I usually clean my kitchen three times a day. This includes wiping down appliances, counters, sweeping and cleaning the sink.

There is nothing worse, when it comes to housekeeping, for the family to wonder why there are no clean dishes. It is a black mark on my record, and makes me look like a slacker in the eyes of my family.  Sure, we all have our own chores, but the kitchen is mostly my domain.  I am expected to run a clean place because that is my job.

Have you ever heard the joke that when Mom cleans the kitchen, she tells the family they have to eat out because she doesn't want it to get messed up again?   But there is a better mind-set. Once the kitchen is clean, how  about stepping back with pride and saying to the family:

"The Kitchen is Ready."

In other words, it has been cleaned. It is ready for guests. It is ready for anyone who wants to cook or have something good to eat. It is all set!

In this house, no one can clean like Mother.  This is evidenced when I am ill and bedridden. Right now, I only have one helper left at home. And he willingly takes over my chores.  I often hear his eager voice say, "I'll do all the dishes for you, Mom. You just rest!" And then a few hours later, the same child says, "I did some of the work. Can I do the rest tomorrow?"  I just smile...

24 hours later, not only is the kitchen a disaster, but so is the rest of the house.  Honestly, I have a hard time cleaning that kind of mess and think it would have been easier to just clean through my illness! (smiles)

But the children really appreciate a hard working mother. They miss hearing me say:

"Hey, you guys... The kitchen is ready!"

They come running from all over the place. They want to cook in a clean kitchen. They make snacks, get drinks and smile with delight. 

They always know when Mother is home and well, - Because the kitchen is clean.

Mrs. White

* Note - We do not have a dishwasher. (Just in case you were wondering.)


From the Archives - 

Vintage thoughts relevant for today - 1894 Advice for Housewives.

Precious Times - Remembering Suppertime.

Taking Care of a family of 4 generations in one house - Gracious Homemaking.


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Claire said...

What a sweet post! I love a clean kitchen.


Emily said...

That is a great way to think about it. Housework can be so discouraging because we think of things in terms of "just cleaned-don't mess it up" and "all messed up", but our homes are for our family, not in spite of our family.

Heather Rae said...

That is a good mind-set to have! There really is no one better than Mom, is there?

jimi said...

What a wonderful post. Your joy in serving your family is so refreshing! I'm going to go clean my kitchen now. And I'm going to do it joyfully. :)

Anonymous said...

This was such an inspiring post. I'm always saying at the end of the day, after cleaning up for the umpteenth time, "The kitchen is now CLOSED". Your post is the exact opposite! Thanking God for your wisdom and for challenging me.

Myhomeofmanyblessings said...

Your words are such a breath of fresh air....very much needed.I could spend days just reading your blog and books.Please dont ever stop writing!