Clean Up

Oddly enough, clean up seems prove a major deterrent to cooking healthy meals for some people, particularly young adults. So, what can you do besides say, get Denise to move in with you. She snatches plates out from under you as you finish and washes them.

1. Clean up as you go along. I don’t quite get this concept. But, it does make after meal clean up much easier if you clear the counters as you cook.

2. Don’t go to bed angry with dirty dishes. Make it a rule. It’s bad luck! It’s particularly bad luck because dishes are twice as bad to wash the next day or the day after.

3. Train children to clean up as soon as they can walk steadily with a dish. Set them to work wiping counters, wiping the table, rinsing dishes, unloading the dishwasher. Not only does this make your job easier–it teaches them all the things they need to know once they are out on their own.


  1. I’m working really … really … hard on not going to bed with dirty dishes. It’s hard for me on days that FireDad is at work. I’m just so exhausted by day’s end that I want to leave them. But I’m getting better.

    Great tips. 🙂

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