Back in this post, I announced a new challenge. I would not go to bed at night without leaving my kitchen clean for one week starting March 12th. Keeping a clean home most of the time, I still often leave dishes in the sink, crumbs on the counter, and espresso splatter on the stovetop at night. In order to hold myself accountable to others for the challenge, I planned to post a photo of my clean room with #cleankitchenatnight to my blog's Instagram account @theitaliagal every night. Even though I didn't get to bed until late some nights, I succeeded for all seven days! Unfortunately, I haven't made cleaning my kitchen at night at habit yet. I have only left it clean once since the end of the challenge. I hope to get back into it soon though!
Since I have more energy in the morning than I do in the evening, I don't think it's a huge deal to finish cleaning at night. Yet, I wanted to improve in this. Even though I knew I would start my day off beautifully if I entered a clean kitchen in the morning, I was actually pretty surprised just how good it felt! And no wonder as washing dishes has never been my favorite chore. This challenge was a good idea and like I said before, I plan on continuing.
Here are my photos from the week of the challenge:
Day 1: Sunday, March 12, 2017
My cleaning included taking out the trash and recycling Sunday night.
Day 2: Monday, March 13, 2017
Mopping the floor was one part of sparkling my kitchen Monday night.
Day 3: Tuesday, March 14, 2017
Even though I made my pasta specialty dinner Tuesday night, I still managed my cleaning routine.
Day 3: Dinner
My pasta specialty included asparagus that is in season.
Day 4: Wednesday, March 15, 2017
I mopped the floor and published a quick blog post on my progress so far Wednesday night. Making a point to clean earlier, I wanted to capture that it was still light out later.
Day 5: Thursday, March 16, 2017
The candle I ordered arrived on Thursday. I found that it is nice to have one burning in the kitchen.
Day 5: Candle
Day 6: Friday, March 17, 2017
I took out the trash and recycling again.
Day 7: Saturday, March 18, 2017
I took out the recycling and mopped the kitchen floor yet again Saturday night. To keep my interest after this challenge is over, I also bought two nice products from Target.
Day 7: Products
I like the clementine scent of this all-purpose spray for a variety of surfaces. I love the lilac scent of the hand soap, but am still using a cherry blossom soap at this time. Both of these brands are pretty popular with the YouTubers I follow. They rave about these natural products, free of toxic chemicals. I might try more of the method products, such as the Antibac spray.
Monday, March 27, 2017
This is the only time I left my kitchen clean since the challenge. My cleaning included taking out the recycling and mopping the floor. I clean my kitchen almost every Monday anyway. I will try to incorporate cleaning up my kitchen into my evening routine every night.
Have a wonderful weekend!