Part 1: Setting Up
Step 1. Empty Your Dishwasher
Yes, we said it. This is Step 1. Having an empty dishwasher when cooking or baking makes life so much easier. We will suggest another way to clean dirty dishes while you work but for now, go empty the dishwasher. If you are the dishwasher, congratulations. You get to skip Step 1.
Step 3. Have a waste bowl nearby.
Not an actual garbage can, just a bowl or container where you can throw waste away. Having an thing within arm’s reach to add all scraps or peelings is more efficient than having to go back and forth to the trash can. It’s a tremendous time saver!
Step 5. Use the 10-second rule!
Pick up anything you drop right away and throw it in your garbage bowl. We know how annoying it is to have to bend down every 5 minutes, but if you think about it, it’ll save you time in the end. You’ll simply have to do a quick sweep once you’re done in the kitchen and voilà!
Step 2. Start the Christmas Music
If the thought of Christmas Music makes you wonder just how much flesh and blood can bear, go ahead to Step 3. If you are one of the lucky few who still appreciate the art form, make with the Bing Crosby and get busy.
Step 4. Remove the recycling bin from wherever you hide it.
Have the bin nearby; just like you have your waste bowl. Keep the bin on the floor, preferably in a place where it won’t be underfoot. This step will help with cooking if you’re using canned or boxed goods. Just drop them in as you go along. Ensure you’re removing all non-recyclable plastics, of course. But we didn’t need to tell you that, you know what’s what.