So, you nutted up, meal prepped like a grown-up and then your kitchen stares back at you with the carnage of pots, pans, and mess everywhere.
What if I told you with a TINY bit of practice and MERE amounts of discipline you could avoid those massive post-prep clean-ups?
Try these systems out over the next few weeks, and you will wonder how you ever survived before them!
1. CLEAN AS YOU GO
Once you're done using that fork or bowl or spoon rinse it RIGHT AWAY. When you're finished with the onions, wrap them up and put them back. This goes for everything you get out.
2. GET IT SOAKING
If you don't have time to clean it right away, SOAK IT. This will make it way way easier to clean when you come back to the sink.
3. RINSE AND REUSE
Utensils especially. You don’t need three forks for one recipe. Whisk those eggs, rinse, dish out that yogurt, rinse. The less you use, the less there is to clean up.
4. USE YOUR DISHWASHER AS A DRYING RACK
I hate cluttered surfaces and dishes are never ending, so I hand wash most of what I use then drop 'em in the dishwasher to dry (make sure you leave it cracked when they’re drying).
BONUS: LIMIT YOURSELF TO 2 ITEMS
Use this tactic if you're struggling with discipline in the others. Two forks, spoons, bowls, plates and cups. One is honestly all you need (it forces you to rinse/wash your dishes immediately after using which is game changing), but two will massively reduce your clean-up time as well.
I hope this helps minimize overwhelm and crush your meal prep game!