This is not a post where I tell you how to clean your kitchen at night. Or why you should clean your kitchen at night.
This is just a post about something I feel like I need to do in order to go to sleep peacefully at night. And it’s something I would suggest to really just about anyone.
I thought it was just a weird habit I had. This need to have the kitchen cleaned before going to bed.
I don’t know when I started, or even why. I think it was one of those unconscious decisions I was making. Something I did not even realize I was doing.
A few years ago we had family over to stay with us for a week. I don’t remember exactly how it came up but it was LATE and everyone was getting ready for bed and there I was sweeping the kitchen the floor. My in-laws made a comment asking if I did that every night. I said yes and my husband chimed in saying something along the lines of, she can’t go to bed until it’s done.
The kitchen is the soul of a house. Everything happens in the kitchen. A lot of big conversations; a lot of decisions. A lot of conversation. Everything collects in the kitchen. All the lunch bags and mail and important school papers. Both the coffee and the wine are kept in the kitchen. The kitchen is an important space. And I don’t know what it is but there is something about settling in for the night with a clean kitchen and waking up in the morning to a clean kitchen.
There is something in inherently important about the kitchen space being tidy that it used to drive me up a wall to come up from work and find dishes in the sink. (I think my husband has finally caught onto how upset it would make me) I even try very hard to not leave dirty dishes in the sink when I leave for the work in the morning.
I wish I could explain it. I wish I understood why.
When I think about it I guess it is like a clean slate of sorts.
I generally like to go to bed at night with a tidy home but I will forego the rest of the house late at night as long as the kitchen is clean.
Then like all subconscious actions I realized there are a lot of people online that feel this way about their kitchen. If you don’t know about it, look up #cleankitchenatnight on Instagram…. it will not only BLOW YOUR MIND it is insanely motivating.
And like everything else on the internet all those perfectly clean kitchen photos with their granite counter tops and matching counter top appliances will give you quite a complex. I felt like even though my kitchen was clean at night, just about every night, it was not as pretty to look at as other cleankitchenatnight kitchens.
My counter tops are not granite. A huge chunk of my counter does not even match the rest of the counter. Not that anyone could tell in a photo, but our cabinets are hand painted by myself and on one of the lazy susans I am pretty sure there is dried on pancake batter from one of the first times my daughter made us breakfast that I am not motivated enough to scrape off.
Despite all those things I still love my clean kitchen at night and still feel it is something that I need to do in order to rest and wake peacefully. Even when I am walking in the door from work at midnight.