Category Archives: Kitchen

My Cleaning Schedule

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I was reading this older post about how Laura Ingalls’ mother had a homemaking task for each day of the week and it reminded me that I do the same thing, so I thought I would share mine. I’ve mentioned before in this post how shining my sink lead me to have an evening schedule, which ended up helping our mornings run much smoother. While Fly Lady has an area of the house (or zones as she calls them) that last for up to a week each, I found that with animals and a smaller house, a week was just overkill.  Therefore, I decided to schedule an area or certain activities for each day of the week.

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3 Favorite Small Kitchen Appliances

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While I am not a gourmet cook by any means, I do like to prepare simple, healthy meals for my family.  In order to do that, I have certain appliances that I use all of the time in my kitchen, and I thought I would share them since I enjoy reading about what other people like to cook with.

The toaster oven.  I use this every day.  It is great for warming up food, making toast, and cooking pizza, just to name a few.  I got it about 5 years ago and it was money well spent.  I like that you heat up just a little space instead of a huge oven, especially during the heat of the summer.  It is easy to clean, and takes up little space on our counter.

The bread machine*I tried for years to make a decent loaf of homemade bread the ‘old fashioned’ way and it just wasn’t happening.  Something always went wrong, such as it not rising, too holey, or it turned out small and hard like a brick.  Then someone gave me a bread machine and things changed.  Now I have family members fighting over the heals of bread when it gets done baking, and it makes delicious jam too.  Plus, I know exactly what is in the bread.  The only downside is that the bread will go bad faster than store bought, but that rarely happens around here because it gets eaten really fast.

The KitchenAid Mixer*.  This was also a gift, and I use it all the time as well.  It makes the smoothest mashed potatoes in like a minute!  Well, maybe two minutes, but either way, it is faster than a hand mixer.  You can even use it to knead dough if you want help making bread the ‘old fashioned’ way.

Anyway, those are my favorite kitchen appliances.  I could  live without them, but they make my life easier.  Therefore, they have made the cut every time I have decluttered my kitchen.

What about you?  Do you have some kitchen appliances that you use all of the time and would have a hard time decluttering?

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* I am not affiliated with either of the linked products.  I just use and like them.