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  • Clean the Kitchen after you cook, but before you eat! This works because (1) you have more energy to do it before you eat than after, and (2) because you are rewarding yourself for cleaning by eating dinner. Also, you clean faster because you are hungry! --steph 08:28, 17 Aug 2005 (CDT)
    • The old chef's rule is clean while you cook, otherwise the food'll get cold. :) --RobertDaeley 11:44, 17 Aug 2005 (EDT)
  • The One-Fork Rule - At one point in my third year of college, my housemates and I felt entropy’s hot breath on the back of our necks. As the dishwasher overflowed with week-old plates and the crisper teemed with blue and brown goo, we acknowledged it was time for a radical change. Thus, Richard, Jake, and I made a pact to instantiate what we called “The One-Fork Rule.” Each of us was issued one and only one of each eating tool: cutlery, plate, bowl, glass, etc. We were to bond with our tools like an infantryman with his rifle. If your fork was dirty when it was time to eat, you were to clean it. You were not to breach the sacred seal of the duct-tape-sealed boxes containing all the additional forks and plates. Like all emergency measures “The One-Fork Rule” passed in time, but I can tell you, it really works if you’re ever feeling overwhelmed by the crufty multiples in your kitchen—or elsewhere your life. Consider trying it for a week or so whenever you need to simplify or just get it together. --From 43Folders
    • Apparently, in many early civilizations, utensils/bowls/cups were considered great subjects for highly ritualized/spiritual practice. Having your very own eating utensil was a Big Deal, and said utensil (handmade, of course) was typically decorated with personal totems and identifiers, so that you could be more mindful of your place within the cosmos while eating. I'm almost certain I read this in Elizabeth Wayland Barber's Women's Work: The First 20,000 Years, and ever since I ran across the idea, I've been inclined to eat with very specific accoutrements. --Robin
  • If you use a dishwasher - While loading the dishwasher, put all "like" things together, forks in one section of the flatware basket, spoons in another, plates together on one side of the dishwasher, etc. Then when the dishes are clean, you can just grab a handful of spoons and a handful of forks and put them right where they go, instead of trying to pick out all the spoons and all the forks individually. With plates, you can also grab several at a time, if you put your fingers between them (to keep them from clanging together and chipping).
    • I find that I have to place spoons of the same size in different cutlery bins otherwise there will be food left on them because they "spoon" each other. Find a place that sells used diner plates (or go buy new from a restaurant supply store, but you might have to buy a lot). I've been using them for over 10 years and I have only managed to break or chip one so far. I've put them in the oven, dropped them on a tile floor.--BillSmargiassi 01:03, 13 Oct 2005 (EDT)
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