In cooking – well, French cooking I guess – there is a term: mise en place (MEEZ ann plays). It means to have everything ready before you begin.
For instance, if you were making a vegetable soup, you would have all of your pots and utensils ready, your vegetables out, washed and cut or diced.
The idea is a good one.
How many times have you started a recipe and then had to stop to get something out of the cupboard, or chop something, or even look for it?
I’m guilty of it too.
The idea behind mise en place can be put to use anywhere, not just the kitchen.
If you’re going to pay the bills, it helps to have your checkbook, a pen, some envelopes and stamps, and of course the bills handy. Maybe a calculator too.
Imagine how easy it would be to get ready for work in the morning if your outfit was already laid out for you.
And if you have cleaning supplies in the upstairs bathroom as well as the downstairs one, it makes it easier to keep both of them clean.
Now give yourself a pat on the back. You’ve got a new tool in your tool belt and you can speak French!