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Super Simple Series–Simple Routines For The Kitchen

It seems like life hacks are all the craze these days.  Many of them are clever yet some might not be helpful.  They all have one thing in common though, they are intended to make life easy. Maybe super simple.

Wouldn’t it be great if things in life were easy?

Well, I hate to break it to you, but not everything in life is easy.  If it were we’d never get the satisfaction that comes from working hard on a task.  If everything can’t be easy is there a way to lighten the load? Can we possible not hit our nose to the grindstone so much, my nose is hurting!  The answer is yes, by figuring out how to work smarter, not harder.  How do you work smarter?  By simplifying things.

Wouldn’t it be great if things in life were super simple?

Yes, it is possible to simplify things in your life so you’re not grinding your gears in the wrong direction.  In this series, I’m calling Super Simple Series, I will take you on a journey of everyday tasks, spaces and activities and generate ideas to help you simplify things in your life.

You may find all of these tips helpful, or perhaps just a few in a certain area will be useful.  Whatever the case is, I hope to make this experience super simple for you so you can simply try some of the ideas and have a simple abundant full life.

Super Simple Series–Routines For The Kitchen

Today we’re going to start in one of the most popular places in the home:  The kitchen.  The heart of the home.  It is more than just a place to eat or cook.  It might be the first room that greets you after a long day. It’s a place where the family gathers around the table.  Kids complete homework or create artful masterpieces at the counter.  It’s a space to have a fun game night.  It’s where the company lingers.

Kitchens are probably where you spend a lot of your time too.  Besides all of the food prep, you are probably busy cleaning dishes, sorting mail, writing lists, organizing things, and catching up on the day with everyone in your household.

So how is the heart of your home running?  Is it a constant cycle of clean up the mess to clear the way for the next task only to dirty it up all over again.  Do you find it hard to leave the room because you have so many duties to tend to?

In this post, I’m going to cover several areas to help you create simple routines in the kitchen so that you can make the most of your time while you’re in there and so that you can simply leave when you’re done.

Let’s start at the beginning of our day.  We wake-up and go into the kitchen…

simple routines to follow in the kitchen

Simple Breakfast Routine

  • Coffee–set up the coffee maker the night before and put it on a timer so it’s hot ready when you wake-up.
  • Breakfast–set out your bowl, spoon, cereal, or anything else you might need the night before.
  • Breakfast/coffee station–if your space allows put the coffee maker and toaster in the same area on the counter so you can easily get your food and beverages together.  Store the coffee mugs in the cupboard above the counter for quick access.  This will help you cut down of going back and forth between things.

Simple Morning Routine

  • Packing lunches–if you can, pack your lunch the night before, saves a lot of time!
  • Dirty dishes–if you don’t have time to put your dishes in the dishwasher fill the sink up with sudsy water and let them soak until you can get to them later.
  • Grabbing keys, cell phone, back-up, coat–anything you need to take with you for the day set out on the counter or by the door the night before.

Simple Lunch Routine

  • Dishes before lunch–If you’re home in the morning finish the dishes before making lunch so they don’t pile up.
  • Wipe down counters and sweep the floor–I like to sweep things up in the middle of the day.  I find it’s less hectic than after dinner. Whatever crumbs fall on the floor after that can wait for the next day.
  • Make an extra sandwich or two while you make your lunch so it’s ready to throw in a lunchbox later.
  • Put any leftover food in a storage container for future meals.

Simple Arriving Home Routine

  • Get out snack choices and bowls before the ravenous kids get home.  Or keep a shelf or drawer stocked with mom-approved snacks that the kids can help themselves too.
  • Clear the table or workspace before kids get home so it’s ready for them when they sit down for homework.
  • Have kids put away their backpacks and lunch boxes.
  • In tomorrows post I will discuss ideas to create simple kitchen spaces to keep school stuff in and do homework.

Simple Dinner Routine

  • Clear the area of any dirty dishes that may have accumulated by washing or putting in the dishwasher before cooking.
  • Check your recipe and get out all the ingredients before cooking.
  • Tomorrow’s post will cover specific tips with meal planning and how to figure out what to cook.

Simple Night Routine

  • Pack lunches–Find a time that works for you, whether it be after dinner or before or after kids go to bed.  If kids are old enough have them help.
  • Load up the final dishes to wash or put away. Wipe down counters.
  • Prep the coffee, breakfast, and things needed for the next day.

So there you have it!  Simple ideas to create simple routines for the kitchen.  Since there is so much activity in this area of the house tomorrow we will explore ways to create spaces in the kitchen so it can handle all of the hub-bubs.  See you back here tomorrow!

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14 Comments

    • admin

      Thanks flue stopping by! Yes, it’s the busiest room in the house I think and can be hard to manage. Hope these tips help!

  • Amy @ Orison Orchards

    Great suggestions! My kitchen is where routines (good ones!) matter most, since it’s the busiest place in our home. I don’t know how clutter gets out of hand SO quick, but it does! These suggestions will be very useful!

  • Maegan

    These are great routines! I just moved to a new house after having a few years without a dishwasher, and it’s amazing how much having one improves my routines 🙂 I need to follow your nighttime tips.

  • MARGARET WESTHOFF

    I really like your kitchen tips. I struggle to keep my kitchen clean and organized. I definitely think packing lunches the night before and having breakfast bowls and cereal set out for the morning, could make my life easier.

  • Cassie

    These are great ideas! I love routines they are so helpful to keep me organized and increase my productivity! I am definitely going to implement some of these!

  • Lindsay | SplendiferousMa

    Sometimes the kitchen can become such a mess. I breath easier when it’s clean and tidy. I loves your simple tip about getting out the cereal bowl and spoon just so they’re ready in the morning. One less step!
    I always seem to find myself scrambling with lunches in the morning, so lately I’ve been batching them at night- making a couple sanwiches at a time and it feels much more calm in the morning. Creating a system of routines definitely helps! Thanks for sharing your routines!

    • admin

      Thanks for reading! Yeah, sometimes it doesn’t have to be creating a whole routine it’s just a matter of getting something out or ready when you have time now to reduce the scramble later. It’s all about eliminating the running around so much!