By: Dan Gentile
Respectable humans maintain tidy, shame-free kitchens and under no circumstances let the sink turn into the dirty-dishes edition of Jenga. That would never, maybe, definitely not happen to you or anyone you closely associate with. Neither would letting a small village's worth of produce rot, or any of these other gross habits that would resonate deeply with other people that definitely aren't you.
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Drinking out of a measuring cup
Everyone has been at a college party where the glassware runs out and some doofus in a Sublime shirt pours whiskey into a measuring cup. But this also happens on random Tuesdays when you forget to run the dishwasher and hand-washing is just too ambitious.
Keeping the cabinet under your sink like a jungle
One of the easiest places to throw rarely used items is under the sink, but this land of derelict junk is a sure sign of faux adulthood, to be honest. Organize it, and while you're at it, hit these 13 other areas you've never thought to clean.
Using gigantic Tupperware for small amounts of food
Saving a handful of pasta for later is a thoughtful and practical decision, until it's placed in a gallon-sized tupperware container because everything else is lost to the dark and moldy corners of the fridge. Extra man/womanchild credit if the lid is missing and replaced with aluminum foil.
Eating freezer-burned ice cream
A tub of ice cream is supposed to be a happy place, not a shadowy cavern of stalactites and crystal formations that look like they belong on a hippie's bedside table. We all should throw that tub out after two to four months, but we won't.
Building leaning towers of dirty dishes
Sure, we all let the dishes slide sometimes, but the tipping point of unacceptability is when the sink becomes a game of Jenga where branded wine glasses balance precariously underneath coffee mugs and the only thing keeping the sink from turning into a pile of broken glass is the structural integrity of a cracked cutting board.
Not using the vent fan
It's fine though -- just wave a hand towel at the fire alarm to make it stop.
Buying way too much produce
Kids around the world starve every day while feckless Americans go about wishfully buying bunches of kale, spinach, and broccoli in the same grocery trip, before letting them wilt to a black gravy in the part of the fridge that appliance makers poetically dubbed "the crisper."
Having more than one frozen pizza in the freezer
Aside from rotisserie chickens, frozen pizzas are the greatest value-to-effort ratio the grocery store has to offer. Which is why it's so tempting to stockpile your freezer with a six-month supply of pepperoni-and-sodium discs.
Eating cold, stiff spaghetti
Palming mouthfuls of fresh spaghetti straight from the strainer is a little life treasure that no adult should deny themselves, but once spaghetti has sat for an hour, that cold, crusty mess should probably go in the refrigerator.
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