When Will I Relax and Enjoy My Kitchen?
We've just done a small refresh of our kitchen, not a major reno, but I have to ask---when will I stop being nervous every time I use the kitchen, or worse, every time someone else does something in my kitchen?
We put in new floors last year and recently replaced our 20+ year-old appliances with SS ones, replaced my hated cast iron double sink with a large single bowl SS sink, and replaced laminate countertop with granite. The BS will follow soon, leaving just the hardware to be decided upon and installed on the cabinets.
While I love having appliances that work well, there's definitely a learning curve and I'm not totally in love with the SS. I have learned how to avoid most fingerprints on the SS, but others haven't. I practically want to throw myself in front of someone who is about to touch an appliance or even just wash their hands in my new sink. I've never been an obsessive cleaner, but I find myself running around the kitchen with a microfiber cloth several times a day, touching up the appliances. I'm afraid if I don't do that then the smudges and fingerprints will become so widespread that I won't be able to remove them all. Someone, please, talk me down from the ledge!
The worst part is my multiply handicapped child who has always seemed to leave a certain amount of mess and disorder in her wake. I have yet to let her take anything out of the microwave. She can't actualy cook with the microwave, but she does like decaf and I sometimes heat up a cup in the microwave for her and tell her to get it out when it's done. Now, I wait and get it out myself. Crazy? I think so.
Yesterday I noticed a few spots on my new SS cooktop, and my heart was in my throat while I wiped them off, afraid I would scratch the cooktop. What in the world am I going to do when I have to face a burned-on mess that I know will happen sooner rather than later? I'm planning spaghetti and meatballs for dinner tonight, but I so badly want to change the menu because of the mess created from the splatters of the simmering spaghetti sauce. I can't stop making certain foods because they are so messy, can I?
Please tell me this will pass soon. I love to cook, and I'm not the neatest cook, so I realy need to get over this.