I first heard this phrase on the blog Mrs. Midwest (love her!) and it stuck with me. I’ve always tried to do this, but never thought of it in that way. The idea is that you want everything to be clean and tidy before your head hits the pillow: dishes washed, counters wiped down, utensils put away. Waking up to a clean kitchen is so nice! It’s such a good feeling to walk into a kitchen without dirty dishes piled in the sink. It really keeps your homemaking on task, so you’re not faced with two or three days of dirt and clutter at a time. I also like to set out my dishes for breakfast the next day, so my husband and I don’t have to scramble around taking everything out of the pantry. No food items ever stay on the table though, even a fruit bowl because guess who will probably eat them (hint: it’s Dakota. Although she prefers entire loaves of homemade bread; I won’t make that mistake again).
In fact, it’s a good idea to put your whole house to sleep before you go to bed. You can set a timer for 5-10 minutes and go around tidying up: fluff the couch pillows and fold the blankets, and put everything back in its proper place (hopefully everything has one!) When you get up in the morning, everything will look clean and fresh. What better way to start your day?
Adding on to this idea, why not wake up your house in the morning? The first thing that comes to mind is making your bed. ALWAYS make your bed. No excuses. It’s so easy, takes next to no time, and makes your house look better and you feel better. I suppose that eating breakfast is a way of “waking up” your house, too, as is feeding your pets and writing out or looking over your to-do list for the day.
Do I put my kitchen to sleep every night? Of course not! I’m not perfect. But I feel so much better when I do, and you will too.
Do you put your kitchen to sleep? What do you do to “wake up” your house?