A few people have noticed that I haven’t posted for what we will kindly call ‘a while.’ I was setting the bar rather high, because to be honest, interesting stuff like this only happens now and again. Most of the time I’m dressed in fleece, scrubbing at children’s clothes with damp flannels while muttering sweary words.
But more about flannels later. This post is about one of my favourite subjects – household organisation. Oh yes, my friend, it’s Christmas come early…
Here are a few of my favourite (kitchen) things:
Magnetic pens – £3.99
I have three of these; they stick on the fridge so I can always find a pen. In addition, they are the only grown-up pens in the kitchen as Littlest is a keen artist. Embarrassing but true – I scoured, I mean, bloody scoured the internet for these. Now you know the awful truth. Shhhhh.
A small spatula – £5.00
Leftovers on plates? BAM. Baked bean tin to scrape out? BANGO. Cake mixture to put in pan? HISTORY*. This children’s spatula set does the trick – highly satisfying and makes washing up a lot quicker too.
* The bowl is so clean afterwards Mr Enemy and all the little Enemies fairly howl with disappointment. So
idiot loving mother and wife that I am, I usually end up putting some mixture back in and smearing it back around the sides of the bowl again. Gah.
A spreading knife – £4.50
We make a lot of packed lunches and a knife like this makes the job a lot quicker. When I was given it (Thank you, Mother!) I thought I would never bother to seek out a knife to specifically for spreading. But I do, several times a day.
A cloth collection – priceless…
Mr Enemy struggles with this. In his ideal world, there would be One Cloth. This would be used indiscriminately on children’s faces, muddy shoes, cutlery, the floor, the kitchen table, car tyres and vomit. Here’s my system:
- A surfaces cloth – kitchen tables and work surfaces
- A floor cloth – high absorbency thingy, kept in easy reaching distance at all times
- A microfibre cloth – how did the world turn before microfibre? Really.
- A face cloth – sew a loops at the corners, put a couple of hooks up inside a cupboard door and it can hang neatly and not get manky. Have a couple in light-ish colours and chuck them into the washing machine whenever you put a wash on.
I mean, how frigging cunning is that??