I have been living in the United States for almost 11 years and I still do not use my dishwasher. My assimilation to the American culture is almost complete (still working on baseball and football) but the dishwasher has not conquered my favor yet. I am pretty sure some of you simply cannot believe how one can pass off such an amazing invention … trust me I have tried. I have gone as far as one week committing to put every dish possible in it and never touching a sponge again but could not do it. Somehow, I always ended up spending more time rinsing, loading, washing, unloading than just dipping my hands. Long story short … my dishwasher is the best spot ever for storing empty grocery bags and paper sacks so after all its not a wasted space in my kitchen.
Since I do all my dishes by hand (or lately my dear husband does them for me and oh, what a treat that is), I was beyond excited to try this new kitchen mat. Of course, its place is front of my sink where I spend most of my time standing in one spot. This mat is super cushy and comfortable to stand on for long periods of time, which is even made better by the fact that Paula Deen endorsed it and calling it “the cook’s must-have item next to the apron.” I absolutely adore that women and I put on pounds just listening to her rich Southern accent that makes all my worries about too much butter and cheese go away. If anybody knows about cooking and comfort, Paula would be the one.
This Anti-Fatigue Kitchen Mat provides a supportive surface in the kitchen to reduce exhaustion and foot, leg and lower back pain. The mat is versatile, stain-resistant, waterproof, easy to clean, and a non-skid bottom keeps it safely in place. Available in sage, chocolate, tan and brick colors and it also comes in a variety of sizes and patterns.
I have received a 20”x 30” mat in Brick color, which goes great with my dark floors, blends in just right but still creates a defined work area in my kitchen that is pleasing to my eyes. I personally wished it was a little longer for using it front of my sink but the smaller size still could make a great spot front of the stove, primary kitchen prepping area, even in the laundry room, craft room, mud rooms or garages and workshops. I often host friends and adore a crowd who gathers in the kitchen and jumps in to do some stuff. Two of my friends who stood on this mat thought it was amazingly comfortable. As for my hand dish-washing days …. this mat for sure makes them more bearable and …. dare I say … kind of inviting. It took me a few days to get used to the mat as I have to sort of step up on it (if you are a feet dragger like me). But now that I know what comfort is, I can’t imagine not having it front of my sink. I don’t complain about back pain (unless I need and excuse for a massage) but it certainly helps to feel comfortable when doing everyday tasks in the kitchen.
Paula Deens Anti-Fatigue Kitchen Mat will be available at Kohl’s locations nationwide in mid-October.