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21 October 2010 @ 10:28 am
I know, I haven't posted here in an age and a half. But I recently made a simple change in my life that is so awesome I need to share it and you seem like the audience most likely to Get It.

I have two particular and unrelated problems in my life that I have SOLVED with one solution. I bet some of you have the same problems.

1: I am unable to make myself keep the kitchen clean enough to suit my preferences.
2: I repeat a cycle over and over. 1. Boil water for tea. 2. Forget that I have set water to boil. 3. Boil water away, sometimes damaging pot. 4. Set new water to boil... Or it might go like this: 1. Boil water for tea. 2. Pour water over teabag. 3. Internet forever. 4. Feel desire for tea. 5. Remember that I started making tea a really long time ago and realize I now have too-strong cold or luke-warm tea. 6. Make more tea...

Either of these scenarios can be repeated up to three times in a single incident.

Or sometimes they are combined: I forget the boiling water, set it to boil again, successfully make tea, then forget about it.

This has resulted in a couple of ruined tea kettles, smoke alarms going off and waking me from the deep sleep I fell into after finding that I was not, perhaps, as wide awake after working the night shift as I'd thought when I started making tea, and innumerable wasted tea bags.


When I am making tea, the ONLY THING I am allowed to do at the same time is clean the kitchen. This might be washing a couple of dishes or putting away dry ones or wiping a counter or sorting the refrigerator or sweeping.

Since I instituted this policy a couple of weeks ago--well, I would like to say that none of the problems listed in #2 has occurred. But I CAN say that the only times I have boiled away all the water or forgotten my tea is when I talked myself into being allowed to do something other than clean the kitchen.

My kitchen is SO much cleaner and nicer to work in.

I can't wait to see how spotless it's going to be as we make our way toward the season during which I'm likely to consume six or seven cups of tea in one day.
Hollygrrlpup on October 21st, 2010 03:43 pm (UTC)
I have a "sweep while the kettle's on" rule. It makes me feel like a fairy-tale character (Cinderella Lite, I suppose). And before I instituted the rule, sweeping was something that never seemed urgent until I'd been stepping on grit for days and was grossed out. It's nice not to get to that point.

Edited at 2010-10-21 03:45 pm (UTC)
satyridaesatyridae on October 23rd, 2010 01:43 am (UTC)
My solution to this problem was to find the worlds most awesome teakettle, which sounds like a train whistle. However, it's not a perfect solution, so I often stand in the kitchen and read till the tea water is ready.

I can see how your solution is a million times better than mine.
Cranky Dragon: Abbycranky_dragon on October 24th, 2010 01:09 pm (UTC)
Hi Wendy! :)

I solved my tea problem with an electric kettle, but your solution is even better.
(Anonymous) on January 19th, 2011 05:14 am (UTC)
I use that time to take dishes out of the dishwasher or to make a sandwich to bring to work, but I agree that cleaning would be much more productive!