Monday, August 25, 2008

This ritual of mine

Every night, after dinner I look forward to cleaning up. I like to push up my sleeves and tackle the big messy jobs first. I am alone, listening to Frank and the kids in the background. Bikes, laughter, the sounds of much needed Daddy time. I start slow, then I am in a rhythm.

The sounds of clinking glasses, scraping plates, the feeling of ringing out the dish cloth, the smell of Windex as I wipe out the sink, the breeze coming in, to take the dinner smells away. It soothes me.
This has been my ritual for a very long time. One that I enjoy very much.
After bubble baths, clean teeth, kisses, stories and songs, all I have to do is come downstairs and breathe.
That is it.
Just breathe.



19 comments:

angie said...

I have a similar one! :)

lucky knitter said...

I would spend a lot of time in that kitchen too! It is so pretty!

amandajean said...

your home is beautiful!!

Laura said...

I love the feeling of a clean kitchen. I can't properly relax till order is restored.

Suzanne said...

Once I couldn't imagine going to bed with a dirty kitchen, then my husband suggested I do so one evening while dead tired. I did and that became the habit (thankfully not nightly). So my new habit the past month has been to clean and straighten before bed. And it's working! I feel so much happier and lighter and clean!

APA said...

Those rhythymic activities that give us moments of meditation...ah, bliss!

QuiltedSimple said...

What a pretty kitchen - I too, feel better if my kitchen is clean - and then the kids come in - LOL! Have a great day!
Kris

Sandy said...

Your space is so warm and pretty, it would be a lovely quiet time spent there.
I am always overwhelmed by the rush at that time and keep trying to slow it down. More calm.

Julie said...

I just love the look and feel of your home!

Julie said...

I just love the look and feel of your home!

Jenny said...

I know exactly what you mean! It's so disheartening to come back to a messy kitchen. Yours is beautiful!

Tabitha said...

If you ever check out FlyLady.net she's all about routines. I tried incorporating this one, but I'm not consistent. It would give me so much more peace if I was. Beautiful kitchen BTW.

Sandy kisses said...

Wow your kitchen is gorgeous!!! I am drooling!!! It looks like something from out of a magazine. I try to keep my kitchen clean and tidy but no amount of scrubbing would make my tiny old kitchen look that nice!

a friend to knit with said...

i do the same thing, katie!.......exactly....
your home is so lovely.

Julie said...

Do you happen to know the name of the wall paint that you used throughout your kitchen and dining space? I just love the color! mjpurdy@stny.rr.com

At Home Mommy Knits said...

Lovely kitchen. So nice to have a nightly routine to help you unwind. BTW love the sweater! Beautiful!!

Me said...

Yes yes yes...love this post, love the simple pleasures and satisfaction....

tiennie said...

You have such a lovely home! I would take great pleasure in keeping it clean too!

AndiMae said...

I try to do the same thing in the evening- it is so nice to have everything clean before the kids go to bed, then I feel like I can really relax!

P.S. Your kitchen is beautiful and looks so peaceful.