Every January I start to purge and clean, ready to start my new year with a newly cleaned house. So far I’ve taken a box of goodies that I no longer use to Goodwill, passed on some old pewterware to my daughter and have started bagging up old clothes to give away.

While I am doing all of this, I also start to notice all the things that I’ve neglected cleaning and begin to be distracted. But no – focus on the purging, then go to cleaning (and wallpaper stripping, and front door painting, and carpet replacement).

But sometimes I want a project that I can get done in an hour or two, maybe a day. Something that will make me sit back and say, “Yes! I have accomplished something today!” For instance, and this is a small thing, I cleaned the interior of my microwave. My sister taught me the trick of putting a glass measuring cup of water inside, and microwaving it on high for a minute or two. This loosens up all the food spatter residue and it can be wiped out with a paper towel. THAT was enormously satisfying in just 5 minutes!

Today I received an email from Bon Appetit with the subject line reading, “Are you cleaning your kitchen sink enough?” Ew…I think so, but maybe not. Let’s see what they have to say. Click to continue article.