There are some kitchen tasks that I put off because they are truly arduous (cleaning the oven and defrosting the freezer, I’m looking at you).
And then there are the tasks that I put off because I’m lazy. Cleaning the microwave and wiping down refrigerator shelves fall into this category. Neither of these pose any threat beyond grossing out fastidious guests (luckily, none of my friends seem to fit that description. Or they’re too polite to tell me. Either way, I win).
However, I realised last night that ignoring some things can become dangerous. When cooking a toast accompaniment for my scrambled egg dinner (it’s haute cuisine week at my place)… the crumb buildup at the bottom of the toaster caught fire. Luckily, no damage was done (even the toaster still works!), but to run the risk of fire because I’m too lazy to take 30 seconds to empty the crumb tray seems silly. Lesson learned.