One of my absolute favourite blogs is the Parenting Passageway, and Carrie, the author, often mentions that if you'd like to get more into a housekeeping rhythm that you should try the Fly Lady system. I visited this site to have a look at what it was all about and became inspired to shine my kitchen sink. This month on Fly Lady, she challenges you to shine your kitchen sink every night before you go to bed. To the extent of scrubbing until you can see your own reflection. So, with some bi-carb and vinegar in hand I have been religiously scrubbing my sink for the past week after each and every meal, even going to the extent of drying it off with a dish towel for added shiny effect and finishing off by rubbing in some clove oil as a final disinfectant.
It sounds absolutely ridiculous, but this has become a welcomed and therapeutic ritual. It has reborn in me a sense of pride and care for my kitchen that I had lost somewhere in amongst dirty nappies and a sometimes trying toddler. Taking the extra minute or two to dry the dishes off (we wash by hand), put them back into the cupboard, clean off all the counters and clean the kitchen sink has made such a difference in my attitude towards making meals, baking and caring for the home. It's kind of like going to the effort of making your bed everyday even though you know you're going to mess it up every night. You just feel a little more in control of the environment you spend so much time in.
So, if you're looking for a little domestic pick-me up try shining your kitchen sink. It might be just the new year's resolution you're looking for!