7 Things People With Clean Kitchens Do Every Day
If you've ever visited a friend's home unannounced only to discover their kitchen is always squeaky clean, you might wonder how they do it. My grandma is one of those people and I've learned a few tricks from her. Apparently, the secret to a clean kitchen is daily upkeep. A messy kitchen invites clutter because the clutter just blends into the mess. But if your kitchen is clean, anything that’s out of place sticks out. Here are 7 things people with clean kitchens do every day:
A clean house starts with a clean floor:
My grandma was taught these words from her grandma. I've never heard truer words spoken. People with clean kitchens sweep the floors constantly. The feeling of crumbs on the floor feels super icky to me. I love the feeling of a swept and clean floor. If your kitchen is super extremely messy and you don't know where to start, always start by cleaning the floors.
My grandma mops her kitchen EVERY NIGHT before bed! I wish I was that cool. I mop the house twice a week (sometimes once). No matter how often you mop, its still true. A clean house starts with a clean floor. This is true for living rooms and bedrooms too, keep in mind!
Clean your countertops right away:
If you think about what touches your kitchen counters (mail, money, dirty laundry) you'll want to clean them constantly. I wipe my counters down before making meals and directly afterwards. Also, you can't wipe down a countertop that's cluttered. Use your favorite multipurpose cleaning spray and clean bar mop and wipe everything down (remember to wipe down the fridge, stove, microwave, table and chairs). If wiping down counters is the one habit you adopt (baby steps, people), it will also force you to keep them clear.
Get all that crap off of your counters:
I used to have so many things on my counters. The last few years, I have learned that leaving just the minimal basics there and nothing more makes my kitchen feel open, spacious, and heavenly. I'm a firm believer in just keeping the necessities on your counters. A smaller number of items on the counters will make your space look cleaner, bigger and makes the countertops easier to clean. Don’t set things on top of your kitchen counters just because you can’t find another place. (And don’t let anyone else do it, either.) Clean counters are the most important part of a clean and tidy kitchen.
I personally like to keep out appliances that we use every day (for example, we usually use our Keurig 1-2 times a day), or ones that are so heavy that it would be a major pain to haul out when I need it (like my instant pot). I also like to keep my cooking utensils (spatulas, whisks, spoons, tongs, etc.) out on my counter because I use them everyday.
Just Empty the dishwasher. Seriously, just do it:
If the dishwasher is full, don’t wait all day to unload it, just get it done. The dishwasher should run at night and you should empty it as soon as you wake up. Each morning, you should wake up to a clean kitchen with a full dishwasher ready to be unloaded. Get that down ASAP. As the day goes by, it should slowly get filled with the day's dishes.
It is important not to let your dishes sit in the sink and pile up. It’s way easier to put the dishes in the dishwasher as you use them. I like to remind my kids to rinse off their plates in the sink so that I can easily load them into the dishwasher afterwards.
Use a new and clean dish towel everyday:
Don't just use that rag from yesterday. Use a fresh, clean dish towel every morning to clean up spills, wipe down counters, and set the tone for the day. I like using these to help clean my kitchen. You should have a drawer dedicated to storing dish rags, bar mops, and kitchen towels. Keep these folded nicely and ready to use and you'll be set!
Wipe out the sink after washing dishes:
My mom taught me this one. Growing up, this was a strict rule in our home. If you take 2 minutes to dump out the food scraps and wipe down the surfaces, your sink will be ready to go the next time you need to wash dishes. A clean sink is so satisfying and so worth it. Starting off the day with a clean sink and NO DISHES is how it should be done. #goals
Make sure you love your kitchen:
This is really less a cleaning tip than an overall life-in-the-kitchen tip. Enjoying your kitchen means really paying attention to the things that make you happy, and the things that frustrate you, so you can fix them. It means really taking care of that stock pot even if it only cost you $10. It means keeping seven crocks of wooden spoons even if your friends think they’re overkill. It means being open to new ideas, tips, and techniques, but it also means not apologizing for the way you cook, clean, shop, and feed yourself or your family, if it works for you.
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