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Kitchen Systems For Better Relationships
 
KP Duty is work designated by the Kitchen Police or Kitchen Patrol in the military.  Prep-work, cooking and cleanup is accomplished because there is a director managing each duty or task to keep a clean, organized and efficient kitchen.

If you live alone, you may be thinking “well, this isn't for me. I have no one to direct. ”But every efficient kitchen needs systems and direction, whether you live solo or are surrounded by a family of 10.  The benefit of living alone is that you won't have to direct and teach your efficiency systems to others. Some of us live with many and feel alone, taking on all the burden of KP Duty.  My goal is to help you get organized and recruit some willing family assistance.

With couples, there is usually one who reigns over the kitchen and indoor household duties. Sometimes one is very territorial and has decided they are the best at domestic duties. I've witnessed many shove their partners out of the kitchen when I teach in-home lessons.  Then they proceed to complain they are overwhelmed by cooking and making all the meals.  I personally took on this burden for many years.  Making all the household chores mine left me feeling alone and overwhelmed.  Now I encourage assistance with daily KP duties rather than complain about them.  I never let a day slip by without expressing my gratitude for an unloaded dishwasher or a refilled water pitcher. This makes Jerry excited that he knows a routine that pleases me and eliminates my complaints of feeling alone and burdened with household responsibilities.

Many are taxed with all of the duties because they work from home and other family members keep busy schedules at the office or school.  The worst reason I witness regularly is that one is better at cleaning or cooking than the other.  This is a lame reason not to contribute and improve skills.  The key word is “contribute.”  If all your partner or kids did on a daily basis was put away the clean dishes first thing in the morning, it would improve your day and mood, eliminate some of the burden, and promote a feeling of partnership.

Let’s approach this from a different angle.  When you shower your partner with unexpected gifts, what is their reaction? How about a completely free way to show them appreciation? A way that would allow them to have more time to spend with you?  A way that would lift their spirits and fill their heart with appreciation for you?  Try emptying the dishwasher without being asked, clear the table after dinner, or sweep the floor.  I guarantee your love life will improve.  This was studied and confirmed by a psychologist named John Gottman who focused for three decades on why relationships succeed or fail.  His findings were that men who do dishes have better love lives. His research suggested that harmony over housework may also yield happier children.

A great way to balance chores and get everyone in your household to take action before being asked is to set up KP Duties.  I worked in management for several years, and what I took away was that the key to being a good manager is not always working hard, but encouraging and guiding my team with efficiency training, expectations and rewards for exceeding expectations.  Everyone enjoys pleasing others and following through with what's expected. This is more common in the workplace or in school because we are rewarded with honors, bonuses and public praise.  Unfortunately, at home very few people communicate exactly what would please them. Usually it isn't until after we are disappointed that our partner or children didn't just know better.  Then we become upset, overwhelmed and complain. A manager in business would have to do all the work of their team if they didn't communicate what was expected of them. 

In tonight's class I will cover duties, kitchen systems and ways to encourage assistance.  I love to make my loved ones’ lives better and easier on a daily basis.  Taking daily action with this motto can make day-to-day life amazingly joyful.  I try my best to make it fun and enjoyable for Jerry to be a team member of PD KP.

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Class #104 October 20, 8:00 CDT
KP Duty

Learn to manage your busy life with a few kitchen & household systems.

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