Excuse vs. Truth
Excuse: “My kitchen is just such a mess. It would take days to clean it out!”
Truth: This sounds like an unhealthy statement! Your kitchen should be one of the most organized and clean rooms in your house! It’s where you gather with family and friends to cook, eat, and spend quality time together. Wouldn’t it be nice to find a Tupperware container and its matching lid in under 10 minutes? How would your kids feel if they knew nothing in the fridge was moldy and they could eat anything without worrying about its freshness? With a little time and organization, we can transform your kitchen. And with just five minutes a day of maintenance, you will be able to keep it spotless!
Excuse: “It may take me several minutes to find something I’m looking for, but where’s the harm in that?”
Truth: Having an organized kitchen will save you several minutes a day, which can add up to hours per month. It may be a condiment in the fridge or a certain pot you need. But it all adds up to wasted time that you could spend doing something else more enjoyable.
Excuse: “I never cook. Why do I need an organized kitchen?”
Truth: Even if you only make Pop Tarts and peanut butter sandwiches, you probably spend at least 30 minutes a day in your kitchen. If you cook a meal, you are in your kitchen at least one hour a day. Even without cooking, kitchens are often the hub of the household: message boards, book bags, homework, and that one spot on the counter that seems to attract clutter like a magnet. Your kitchen should be a space that is pleasant and relaxing–a place where you enjoy gathering together with your family.
Excuse: “I know where stuff is even though it’s messy. Since I’m the only one who uses the kitchen, why does it matter?”
Truth: Maybe you do know where everything is, and that’s great. But what if you got the flu and were bedridden for a week? Would your spouse or friend who dropped by to make you tea be able to find where your things are? One definition of organization is that if you are not there, someone else can easily find things and pick up where you left off. If your friend can’t find the teapot, then there is probably a better way to organize your kitchen to make it more user-friendly.