You know what I didn’t do this morning? I didn’t clean my kitchen. As per my usual morning routine, I woke up, stumbled to the sink, looked at my 17 clean cooking tools, and shuffled away again. Instead of spending time on dishes, I got in my daily workout.
Breakfast was pretty straightforward. Without our blender, Jack ate yogurt with berries, and I had oatmeal with honey and walnuts. Used my spoon to mix my coffee, then rinsed and ate my oatmeal with it. Easy-peasy. I washed my one spoon and one bowl in about 20 seconds.
Then came lunchtime. I sauteed zucchini and green bell peppers in my pot, which worked beautifully. I baked sweet potato fries in the oven by laying a sheet of aluminum foil on the rack. For stirring and flipping, I used the fork with which I would later eat. No problem. But then I wanted rice to go with it. Fortunately, I had minute rice in my pantry, but unfortunately my single pot was otherwise occupied. My kettle came to the rescue. I boiled water, and combined it with the rice in my bowl. Covered the whole thing with my plate to let it steam. Ta-da! Just like making ramen in college. I had to eyeball the rice-to-water ratio, so while it came out tasting yummy, I did make too much. Without access to storage containers, I opted to throw the leftovers in a Ziploc for the fridge. I’m fairly OCD, and can’t stand dishes that aren’t perfectly clean, so soap-scrub-rinse for everything I used took 2 minutes, 12 seconds. (Yes, I did time it. OCD, remember?)
Dinner was mac & cheese (yay for Annie’s!). Because I didn’t have a pasta strainer, I scooped the cooked pasta out of the pot and into the mixing bowl with my spoon. Took a minute, but it worked just as well! Dinnerware bowl, fork, spoon, pot, and mixing bowl make this the most resource-heavy meal so far. 2 minute wash time. I’m getting the hang of this.
So all in all, I have to declare my first full day of Jump Off the Ladder a success! Well, at one point my fork did a back flip off my plate, causing it to snow rice all over the floor. But that’s hardly the challenge’s fault. 😉
What I miss:
A baking sheet – Aluminum foil works well, but it’s not very sustainable.
Storage containers – Same idea. Ziplocs are great for storage, but they aren’t exactly environmentally friendly.
What I don’t miss:
My dishwasher – Washing each dish by hand when they’ve all piled up is a pain. Taking a second to wash each one as you use it is a breeze! And I know I’m saving water. This is a habit I wish I’d formed much, much earlier in life.
Here’s what you said about your first day:
Justlynne: “Went to the store PICKED up the lucky Charms! Then put them back… Got Special K instead! LOL!”
Leslie: “Yesterday & today weren’t so hard. I have a HUGE pile of baskets that are leaving this house soon. Now it comes down to which ones are the truly functional baskets that I use often.”
Alyssa: “Day 1 was successful. We had a BBQ at work for lunch and Tristan and I are about to cook up some fish, buttered kale, and roasted radishes. I did however realize that we are going on vacation this weekend so I’m going to have to find a workaround for not having a kitchen!”
And here’s the updated participant table (if I missed anyone, leave me a comment and I’ll update asap!) Congrats to everyone who made it through day one. Leave me a comment here or on Facebook about how it went!
|Amanda||tshirtsandtwine.com||17 kitchen items: use, wash, repeat.|
|Carrie||littleblogoflettinggo.com||Clean out pantry & fridge; only buy what will get used|
|Lynne||justlynne.wordpress.com||No Lucky Charms cereal|
|Abby||forceofhappiness.wordpress.com||House up for sale & ready for viewing|
|Jessica||shadowedinmoonlight.wordpress.com||No video games or Pokemon|
|Leslie||Clean out and sell Longaberger basket collection|
|Amy||rogerswrites.com||Early dinner prep every day|
|Knapsack Spirit||knapsackspirit.wordpress.com||No unsustainable consumables|