And a surprising way to handle it
If you’ve read every blog about how to run a smooth kitchen, you’ll know that despite all your efforts; your kitchen can be totally chaotic and in complete confusion at times!
Sure you can buy all those wonderful kitchen organizers and have a great menu system in place but why does life in your kitchen become so chaotic so frequently? Why is it that all your hard work unravels so quickly once the kitchen fills up with your family?
Here are a few possible reasons why life in your kitchen can become chaotic and how you can conquer the rising stress you feel when that happens.
1. Your kitchen counters are cluttered
There are some tricks to avoiding chaos and that general feeling of clutter.
Many women struggle with stress and I was one of them. When things are overly cluttered and not put away, it stressed me out.
There is more clutter that comes with kids but clutter can be kept to a dull roar simply by putting things away.
I cleared my counters as much a possible.
Those four canisters were taken off the counters ages ago. My sugar and whatever else was kept in those containers are now kept inside the cupboard. Extra items are kept under the stairs in a pantry we made.
2. Your dishes are never put away
Neither are mine!!
I am trying to change that. I don’t use the dishwasher very often so my dishes are not even hidden.
Even though I don’t keep much on my counters, I can see some things that permanently made their way into plain view.
It is easier to wash the counters when they are not cluttered. If you don’t have much counter space, it is absolutely essential to put the dishes away.
3. Things are put almost anywhere
You might have your whole kitchen organized so that everything has a home.
At least you DID have an organizational system.
That lasted until you gradually started to accumulate a few extra utensils and cooking items.
Those new things don’t have a home and are stashed anywhere in a hurry.
Have you ever hunted endlessly for the veggie peeler to no avail?
What about the lid you needed for your husband’s travel mug?
Here are a few things to do with those homeless items:
- Taking the time to find homes for those new items will save you major amounts of time.
- Putting the lids on all plastic wear and travel mugs will help your life to be less chaotic.
- Throwing out what is old, unneeded, or that you have ‘doubles’ for will go a long way in bringing peace to your life.
The biggest problem with kitchen things that are put anywhere is when kids are part of your home. Depending on your child’s personality will determine how hard it is to train them. Some kids are born organizers while others leave trails until the day they leave home.
It just comes with parenting.
Children are a blessing, so keep reading to see how to manage this issue.
4. It’s also your homeschool, office, your child’s desk, and craft room
If you homeschool, most likely your kitchen is your school. If your kids ‘go’ to school, the kitchen table becomes their desk.
For years the kitchen table was my desk even though I had a desk in the basement. Come to think of it, the kitchen table is still my desk. Guess where I am writing?
I kept my sewing machine in the kitchen until the kids all moved out. I sewed at the kitchen table.
The kitchen is the hub of family activity that goes far beyond cooking and eating meals.
Your kitchen (if it is at all like mine) is chaotic because life happens here. It is not chaotic only because cooking items get misplaced.
5. Your kitchen is chaotic because your spouse and kids bring chaos to to the mix!!
We could have NINE people all in the kitchen at once. Not even because it was meal time!
Those nine people didn’t all pick up after themselves no matter how hard I tried.
One of my daughters would empty the dishwasher and throw the lids and utensils into various locations. The mug and lid would be in two different places and the lid to another cup might be in another drawer.
Kids eating right up until late. Always dishes needing to be cleaned.
Lots of shoes with dirt or snow as we all came home and piled in through the kitchen door.
Yes, my kitchen could be chaotic and my temptation to get stressed was huge!!
How can you handle kitchen chaos?
- Clearing the countertops so there is more room to work is great.
- Putting all the dishes away will always be a good new habit.
- Finding places for the new things is helpful.
But there are people living in your home and that is the biggest issue!!
- If they would only pick up.
- If they would only put everything back in the right spot.
- If they would only take their schoolwork to their room to do
- If they would only stop snacking throughout the day and leaving a mess.
- If only . . .
I’ll tell you what I had to learn!
I had to learn that my kitchen was going to be somewhat chaotic until the kids all grew up.
Things wouldn’t always be in their right place.
Books and belongings would be laying on any flat surface.
It was my attitude and spirit that had to be kept in check more than how badly the kitchen needed to be better organized.
What I needed to learn was to confess my sin of wanting my kitchen to be perfectly clean and neat and ask God to renew a right spirit within me.
Even if you do and say the right things, if your spirit is not right, it will come across in your tone or even just through your spirit.
What I am saying is that you can talk to your husband and kids in the right tone, saying the right thing, asking them to pick up or put away the dishes and if your spirit is wrong, your family can respond or react accordingly.
Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me. ~Psalm 51:10
When I learned how my spirit is more important than what I thought my family member did wrong, it was a major eye-opener for me!
Does this resonate with you? Do you react and stress in the kitchen and need God to create a clean heart and renew a right spirit within you? I sure did!
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