I make a lot of food from scratch. It takes time, and energy, and it’s not always the most fun thing to do (although I found a way to make the time more enjoyable by listening to Periscopes and podcasts!). But there’s one thing that always makes cooking from scratch easier.
I do the dishes first.
The counter has remnants of the first half of the day, and there’s not a ton of workable space. But with the dishes done? Lots of room:
You’ll notice there are still a few dirty dishes in the second photo. That’s because cups, bowls, plates, and silverware are done by the boys after dinner. So I just did my dishes. Most of theirs stay in one half of the double sink.
I first got the idea of having a completely clear counter from Crystal at Money Saving Mom. And I loved it! I’m a big fan of cleared off flat surfaces. I think they look so much nicer, and they help keep me calm. That’s why I make sure to do all the dishes and have this counter cleared off 99% of the time before I go to bed.
Everything is easier with a clear counter. You have space for all your ingredients and pans and bowls and a helper or two. And when you’re done, all that’s left are a few dirty dishes.