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13 Things a Mom Should Not Live Without in the Kitchen

Photo by Dominic Morel

It would be tough for a carpenter to effectively do his work without the proper tools. And what is a sculptor without clay, a painter without paint and pianist without a piano? They wouldn’t get very far without the “tools” that help them perform their duties.

As moms, we all have our own “tool boxes” that help us perform our many artistic tasks. I call them artistic because we are artists, better yet, creators. We create every day. Whether those creations are good or bad is another story, but we create. We’re creating memories, environments, meals, happiness, and sculpting little personalities. And how are we going to do our job without our necessary tools?

I have lots of secret tools lying around the house that literally save me every day. They make my job easier.

When I’m home, it’s safe to say I spend most of my time in the kitchen (a.k.a Grand Central Station). It’s a busy place! The floor is always mapped with a trail of shoes, socks, coats and backpacks leading to their respective rooms and the bar is full of papers and everything else that is missing a permanent home. Oh…the kitchen. The first place in need of tools.

We all have our own list of mommy must haves!

Here are 13 things that make my life easier in the kitchen. (These are items aside from the obvious like fridge, microwave, sink, etc… which I most definitely wouldn’t want to live without!)

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  • Stool 1 of 13
    Stool
    There came a day when I didn't want to get up from the table one more time to fill a drinking cup when my kids were capable of doing it themselves. Enter the kitchen stool. Enter self-sufficient kids and enter a very happy Mommy!
  • Clorox Wipes 2 of 13
    Clorox Wipes
    These sit on every counter in my house. Kids can easily help clean up messes with these wipes and the plus is they kill germs too. It's just too easy!
  • Pencil Sharpener 3 of 13
    Pencil Sharpener
    This one is a personal secret. We go through a lot of pencil lead over here. This hangs on the wall like it does at school and gets used multiple times a day. I don't have to sharpen pencils anymore because they love to do it!
  • Blender 4 of 13
    Blender
    Not much needs to be said, other than I love hiding spinach in smoothies and my kids love milkshakes and salsa!
  • Timer 5 of 13
    Timer
    Keeping track of 5 minute, 7 minute, and 2 minute time-outs is not an easy task for my brain. I get sidetracked and forget to look at the clock. I need a timer going practically all day! Timed math tests, timed computer- time, you name it, I need a beep!
  • White Magnet Board 6 of 13
    White Magnet Board
    Order trumped style recently at our house and one wall in my kitchen is now completely covered with a giant white board. And I LOVE it! Oh I needed it! It helps me keep my ducks in a row. It houses homework papers, jobs, goals, notes, and everything else! It reminds my kids what they need to do that day.
  • Music 7 of 13
    Music
    Everyone's happier when there's music playing! We all kind of like to dance while we do the dishes.
  • Pizza Cutter 8 of 13
    Pizza Cutter
    I use this handy little gadget to cut up bite size pieces of anything. It's a life-saver.
  • Sandwich Grill 9 of 13
    Sandwich Grill
    Remember my brain kind of forgets things? This does the work for me. Put the sandwich or eggs in and walk away. Check back in a few and when it's green, they're done!
  • Toothpicks 10 of 13
    Toothpicks
    Somehow these magical little "swords" can get my kids to eat food they wouldn't normally touch. Yeah, I like toothpicks. They make food fun.
  • Giant Calendar 11 of 13
    Giant Calendar
    This, along side the magnet board help me keep track of where and what is going on. Even though we try to do things electronically, there's something about having it written that makes me feel warm and fuzzy inside. The bigger the calendar the better!
  • Job Charts 12 of 13
    Job Charts
    The method to the cleaning madness! I'm good if I can stick to the daily routine. Each day is mapped out with jobs so at least that area of the house can be clean for a day. It's a great guide, especially when I follow it. When I don't follow it, I regret it big time (that happens a lot, I'll admit). It lives on the fridge.
  • Cordless Kitchen Vacuum 13 of 13
    Cordless Kitchen Vacuum
    No more sweeping for me, I put my daughter in charge of the kitchen floor. She "owns" it. She loves the vacuum and I'm happy to hand that piece of the house over to her. Win/win!

I just realized that I forgot one…the pantry. It serves as a great hiding place somedays when we’re playing, “Hide and Don’t Seek.” Sometimes when I’m lucky, I’ll find some chocolate hiding there too while I wait to not be discovered! But shhhh…that one really is a secret.

What tools do you have in the kitchen that make your life easier?

 

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