Day 4: Clean Out Your Sink
I know some of you have this habit, and maybe you're naturally tidy people, but it's been hard-won for me. For much of my life, I've leaned toward the cooking end of meal-related labor division. Currently, I'm outnumbered by little ones, and while, after a long day of homeschooling, settling disputes, attempting to instill good habits, as well as all of my own work, more cleaning work is the last thing I want to do.
However, if I DON'T clean out the sink, the next day starts on the wrong foot.
I spend a good chunk of every day in the kitchen - it's where I make all our meals. Since the pandemic, we've rarely gotten takeout of any kind more than once or twice a month due to high delivery fees and the high energy cost of getting kiddos shod and buckled and quiet enough to drive and pick anything up. It's good for our budget but that does mean I'm cooking a lot. I also use our kitchen island to print everything for my business.
Daily Challenge: Leave your sink clean and empty when you go to bed.
Daily Mindset Mantra: Cleaning is a gift to the next person who will use that item or space.
I'm really the only person who uses the kitchen sink. Doing the dishes and leaving the sink clean is a gift to myself. When I'm washing the dishes, I'm taking care of whoever will use that dish next. Rather than grumbling or "should"ing, I can focus on tending to the soil of my life and those in it.
“Wash the plate not because it is dirty nor because you are told to wash it, but because you love the person who will use it next.” -St. Teresa of Calcutta
When washing dishes for myself, I can focus on what I love about my dishes, how I can simply turn the tap and warm water comes out. I can think about how lucky I am to not only have my own home but be safe and healthy in it. I can focus on gratitude for the food we have and are able to eat together. Remember, Love is a Verb.
What are some ordinary things that you take for granted? How can you shift your focus and see your everyday experience in a new light?
Did you know that only about 57% of the world's population has running water?
Having a roof over your head, access to laundry machines, food in the fridge, heat in the winter, a bed to yourself (or shared with your squeeze) makes each of us richer than a significant portion of the world.
Having a dirty sink means you have food to eat, dishes to eat it on, and time to eat it.