Tips and Tricks: Hidden in Plain Sight

September 11th, 2008 by katie

Trying to find enough hours in the day to clean-up after a family of five is a job in itself. Any little tricks that streamline that effort, then, can be the difference between basic tidiness and full blown slovenliness. One of the organizational tips I have heard over the years is to keep cleaning equipment near the corresponding area. For example, keeping bathroom cleaning supplies in the bathroom. This makes it easy to just grab a sponge and scrub away while brushing teeth or supervising a toddler in the tub. Following that train of thought, dish soap should be kept within easy reach next to the sink.

And oh, I’m so very embarrassed. I really really really wish I didn’t have to show you this, but I do. I have to show this to you because I want to share a neat trick with you. It just isn’t the same unless you get the full picture. Those of you with large families will hopefully understand that no amount of preparing or cleaning-as-you-go prevents the kitchen sink from looking like this exactly 10 minutes after any meal. Really, it’s not that we’re slovenly. Really.

The reason I show this to you is because you may look at the picture and say, “Poor girl. She doesn’t even have any dish soap on hand to take care of that huge mess.” You would be wrong. In fact, I keep my dish soap on the counter next to the sink at all times-can you see it? I’d like to say it helps get the dishes cleaned a little faster, but I can’t honestly say that. Although if I had to actually bend down and retrieve my dish soap from a cabinet, well, let’s just say I would have to start buying paper plates. What it does do, however, is make my dish soap blend in with my um, decor and besides looking pretty it is also convenient. I give you the dish soap drizzle:

Don’t mind the dirty back splash. Admire the cleverly hidden-in-plain-sight dish soap. I think I saw someone do this on TV once and I was just amazed. Not only is it cute but functional. The oil spout only allows a drizzle of soap at a time, preventing me from wasting dish soap like mad, and it looks rather pretty sitting in a kitchen window. One important tip! Do not mix up your soap and oil bottles. You would be amazed how hard it is to tell the difference between citrus yellow dish soap and extra-virgin olive oil.

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7 Responses

  1. Andy

    Very creative! I am glad I only cook for two – much fewer dishes.

  2. Frank

    That soap bottle’s pretty slick.

    Cathy started working again just this week, and I am now Commander in Chief of the kitchen. In order to combat the post-dinner kitchen disaster, I issued this edict: ALL dishes are to be stacked neatly on the counter, not dumped in the sink. You can’t do anything with an overflowing sink. I’m happy to cook AND do dishes as long as everything isn’t just chucked in there carelessly.

  3. noble pig

    Yep, I do that too, a pretty bottle makes dishes more fun.

  4. Melissa

    Luckily I buy purple dish soap. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  5. Marie

    That’s how my kitchen looks after a Daring Baker challenge! I like to hide most of it in my dish washer though. I do love the idea of using the oil bottle. I have to do that, so much prettier!

  6. alexandra's kitchen

    I let my sink fill up with dishes like that and most of the time it’s just from my dishes! that’s seriously embarrassing. I like your soap bottle idea. most supermarket brands are hideous.

  7. Tony

    i LOVE it!! haha, although I would definitely be one to confuse the olive oil and the soap bottles… so only the alien green color soap for me ๐Ÿ™‚

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chaยทos -noun 1. a condition or place of great disorder or confusion. My chaotic kitchen is the result of three kids, two adults, dog, cat, and fish, a food obsession, a wine drinking hobby, and too few hours in the day. Between trying to feed a family of five healthy, happy meals, watching my weight, saving my pennies, and staying partially sane I have picked up a few tricks along the way. So here they are: the very best tips, tricks, and recipes from my chaotic kitchen-to yours!

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