If it’s a perfect 10, good for you. Feel free to go on about your day.
But if your number was towards the lower end, let me assure you that I feel your pain. I’m home all day with my two preschool boys and we cook three square meals a day (although it feels more like 15 meals most days!). Our kitchen can get MESSY!
Since I blog about cleaning and organizing tips on a daily basis, I decided early on that I needed a routine and a system to keep our kitchen clean. It is, after all, the hub of our house.
Here are a few of my favorite tips to get – and keep – your kitchen clean and organized.
1. Clear the clutter.
First, get rid of obvious items that don’t belong in the kitchen. If an item isn’t used for cooking, baking, or eating, move it to another room.
Now if you’re a homeschool family who studies in the kitchen, feel free to keep school materials in the kitchen; just not on top of the kitchen counter! I’m guessing you might have a small bookshelf or a dedicated cabinet just for materials. If that’s the case, use it…and remind your kids every once too.
Next, get rid of kitchen appliances, utensils, gadgets, etc. that you don’t use.
Now I know this can be tricky. I promise I do.
But let me tell you a little secret. As a former kitchen appliance hoarder, cooking a simplified kitchen is a million times better than using a cluttered kitchen. Seriously.
I had to come to grips with the fact that less is more. A few good tools – that I actually use – work better than a kitchen full of appliances that I don’t use.
It’s tough at first. But the end result is fabulous!
2. Clean your kitchen every night.
I don’t know about you, but I’m often tempted to just wait until morning to clean up after dinner. But when I wait, it takes me twice as long because I have to work so much harder to clean up all the dried, stuck-on food.
So just before you sleep at night, take a few minute to clean the kitchen. In fact, if you follow the next two tips, it could take as little as five minutes to clean your kitchen. Don’t believe me? Here’s a video of me showing you how I do it.
It’s not a glamorous tip, but it’s one that works!
3. Wash pots and pans as you go.
After you cook a meal, wash most of your pots and pans immediately. It takes about 15 seconds for most. I know because I’ve timed it!
Of course, you can just fill your pots or pans with water to let soak if you made an unusually messy dish. That way the water will do most of the work while you’re eating and it will eliminate the need to scrub when you clean your kitchen for the night.
4. Deep clean your kitchen at least twice a year.
Since kitchens are one of the most used rooms in the house, they need some TLC more often than other rooms in your home. So schedule a time to deep clean your kitchen in the Spring and Fall. I even have a handy, dandy kitchen cleaning checklist you can use to make sure you don’t miss an inch of your messiest room!
By following these 4 simple tips, you will be well on your way to a cleaner, more organized kitchen. If you need even more guidance, you can stop by to see all my kitchen cleaning tips or follow my Guide to a Clean and Organized Kitchen.
Before we end today, I’d love to hear from you. What is your greatest challenge when it comes to keeping your kitchen clean and organized?
Christine is a pastor’s wife and mom to two messy, rambunctious, and amazing boys. In her spare time (who are we kidding here!), she shares organizing and cleaning tips on i Dream of Clean and encourages you to clean one thing, each day, all year on Spring Cleaning 365.
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