Kitchen Battles

Do you ever feel like your kitchen is a battleground?   So much of family life takes place within 5-10 feet of the fridge.  Ever noticed this? There are so many days when I can’t seem to get out of this room–maybe I should move my bed down here just to complete the package.  The  kitchen is often called the heart of the home, and you would think that if this is so that the kitchen would be a calm and serene place filled with love, joy, peace, and good food.  However, as with many things in life, it is just not that simple.  Life can get messy, and so do kitchens.  There are many kinds of battles that can take place here.  Do any of these squirmishes invade the peace of your home?  (Please tell me I am not the only one that lives life this way!!)

…what will I make for dinner?

…it’s your turn to do the dishes!

…I don’t like brocolli!

….you got a what on your math test?

…is your homework done?

…don’t drink out of the milk carton!

…don’t rock in your chair.

…what will I make for dinner? (Yes, I know I already said that.)

…don’t speak to your mother like that.

…do you want to stay here all night?

…put your napkin in your lap…

…who ate the Cheeto’s?

…oh gross! What is that?

…Great.  Burned toast….again.


Need I go on?  Case made.

Point taken.

The kitchen can be a dangerous place.  Let me show you one of my greatest irritations and fiercest kitchen battles:

Yes–it is the kitchen counter top.

This battle zone has a life of its own.  I know it is alive because EVERY TIME I clean it off, within minutes, it has re-populated itself with stuff.  Seriously, how much time in a day do I spend in the fruitless effort to pretend that I am a reasonable decent housekeeper.  At times I wonder if this is some kind of special ability or intelligence. Is the ability to keep counter tops clean part of a special DNA package that I obviously missed out on? Do people go to school to learn this skill?  Is it a skill or a sport?  Well, I would gladly forgo this battle, but the results of choosing not to fight this battle aren’t pretty:


Kitchen battles gone bad.


(Actually this is my old kitchen, but I couldn’t resist adding it in.)

Yep, Martha Stewart doesn’t live here…just in case you were wondering.  I think it is safe to bet that Southern Living will not be doing a spread on this designer kitchen any time soon.  What good would new kitchen counter tops be if I can’t keep the one’s I’ve got cleared off?

Now if any of you has the audacity to tell me about the Fly Lady and her hot spots, I will gladly give this battle over to you to fight.

Now here is a spot check inventory of what is hanging out on my counter at the moment: keys, sissors, a package to be mailed, soy sauce, cookie sprinkles, a measuring cup, butter, salt, two calendars, a house phone and a cell phone, coupons, a high school course catologue, mail, a hair tie (yuck), and a dish towel.  Somehow, my counter top becomes a desk, a phone station, homework hangout…and when all this is done, maybe there will be a little room left over for cooking.

Just to show you what I mean, here is a shot of our kitchen all cleaned up.

Yay for me!! Oh the bliss of a clear, pristine counter!

See I am not truly a total slob…very often.  This is the look that I aim for. Good intentions.

Now here is what happens within what seems like minutes of the last swipe of the counter in the picture above.  Spontaneous cumbustion.  A chemical reaction of some kind:

This is the two hours later shot.

Only the most gifted of Kitchen Goddesses can reign victorious in this battle zone.  (No, it doesn’t count if you don’t actually use your kitchen!) If you happen to be one of those Kitchen Goddesses and carry the right DNA for the continuously clean kitchen counter, please share your tips with those of us who are losing this battle. Seriously…this is a serious kitchen battle and I need a new strategy!

Leave your tips in the comment box and I will post them for all to enjoy.


  1. And all I can think of is WOW – look at all that counter space? Did I EVER have that much space? Did I take it for granted? I do miss counter space in America. LOL Good thoughts, Ginger.

  2. Yes, this is a whole new world from the Japanese Kitchen!! Good thoughts right back at you!!

  3. Wow, that’s quite an impressive amount of clutter to collect in only two hours! I’m sure that once the kids all leave home, this battle will be MUCH easier. I was reminded this morning by my good friend Lee, that the reason we have kids is for just such honing forums as this. It’s one of those learning grounds God can use to teach us an innumerable amount of things.
    You could try designating a specific ‘tabletop’ or something/somewhere for everyone to dump their things onto other than the counter but that might then turn into your next battle…

    • Well, I didn’t mention the kitchen table battle! Same problem, different surface. Truly, we all just need to put stuff away when we get it out! 🙂

  4. I can totally relate to this! As I look around I see craft projects, mail, food, dishes (clean and dirty), the computer I am typing on, a package to be mailed ( which has been here for three weeks!!!) ahhh! It’s a never ending battle. Glad to know I am not fighting it alone. 🙂

  5. This was a funny post. I really liked it. You are so good at blogging. I hope one day I can be as good as you at everything.

    • Aww…you make my heart sing. One day I know you won’t have any problem with the battle of the kitchen counter cause you are much more neat and organized than I am!! Oohh…How about I give you the job of keeping up with the counter? Yay! Problem solved!!!

  6. Just your kitchen…I have this problem with my entire house!! And office at work!! I actually had a melt down this morning and angriy demanded the Lord help me before I lost my mind. I heard a voice tell me to read your blog even though I’m still behind and this is the post I was due to read next. Now that’s proof the Lord does answer our prayers. And I got a call from my Aunt which cheered me up as well.

    Another great post to remind us we’re all in the same boat (even if we don’t have kids but instead pets).

    • Some days can just be overwhelming. We all have them. I am honored that God would use this post to encourage you in such a direct and personal way!Thanks for sharing your experience. How good God is to remind us that He does indeed listen to our prayers, even when we’re in meltdown mode. Hope things are looking up for you!

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