If you are ADHDmom like me. I bet I can guess what your microwave looks like.
Dried up spilled sauces and splatter all over the inside and possibly so sticky the turn table no longer even turns. No? Ok, well that's what mine looked like up till last week when it died!
It's now awaiting a trip to the dump.
"How can you NOT notice the microwave looks like this!?"
That is what my husband asks me every time he sees it a mess. It is true, I do not clean it enough, but it annoys me because it feels like the ONLY time he ever looks in the microwave is when it is at it's worst!
Out Of Sight Out Of Mind is an ADDers Worst Enemy
With an ADHD person's inability to think of things when they are not right in front of us, we often neglect things that can be out of sight most of the time.
The ONLY time I remember to clean the microwave is when I open it and I'm about to use it. My thought process then is..."Well, I'm not stopping NOW to clean it, dinner will be late-I'll clean it later." Of course...I use the microwave, then walk away in mid process of making dinner and I only remember it needs to be cleaned again when I'm opening it back up the next day to make a meal again!
It becomes a vicious cycle...I go to use the microwave, remember it is dirty, say to myself I'm gonna clean it later, forget to clean it cause I'm not at the microwave later, don't remember to clean it until I'm using it again.
This is the same kind of action process that makes the crock pot and I also not work well together. And, why my van can have a month's worth of takeout and kid stuff to come back in the house in it when I finally get around to cleaning it once a month (or two), and about a billion other unfinished out of sight things in our home that need doing!
Creating easy doable habits to combat this ADHD "out of sight, out of mind" C.R.A.P. is super important to finding the solution!
Of course, if you've been reading here for a while you know that ADHD C.R.A.P. is the stuff that ADHD makes us do that causes us to have clutter and messy homes, making it so we Can't Really Achieve Peace in our day to day lives.
So, when we bought a new microwave I made a promise to myself first and also to TMO, that I would not let the microwave get that bad again. With being ADHD, this is no small promise!
For me, it takes some planning and making a memorable reminder to make a task become second nature that I just do, and it takes a LOT of putting that plan into action over and over again to make it stick.
Seriously! I'm 40 years old and I STILL need a post it reminder on the mirror to brush my teeth, or I just won't think about it!
One of the easiest ways for me to remember to do certain tasks that need to be repeated every week is to pick a task and find a word I associate with it, and make an alliteration reminder to go with one of the days of the week.
#MicrowaveMonday is now a thing in our home.
So, Now here is how I clean my microwave. It's SOO simple, it really is senseless that I never do it as much as I should.
The SUPER simple way to Clean a microwave in 4 Minutes
THAT's IT! You are DONE!
It really is THAT easy.
So, wanna join in?
Come start #mirowavemonday with me and pop on over to Instagram where I will post a picture of my clean microwave every Monday.
Here is today's pic to start. I'll post it here...but from now on I'll be posting them over on Instagram.
Come find me! all you gotta do is click that blue button and follow me! ( I'll follow back)
This Article was first Published on Mar 10, 2014