Tuesday, February 25, 2014

4 Steps to a Clean Kitchen in Just Minutes

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Ug.. the kitchen!  It never seems to stay clean in my house.  I need a little team of kitchen elves that get to work when I step out of the room! If that only existed, I would pay them well.

If you can keep the dishwasher emptied of clean dishes make sure that you are training encouraging your family to rinse their own dishes and put them in the dishwasher.  This way you don’t end up with huge piles you have to load in.

But after that I have a few tips for you to help get that dirty kitchen looking better in just a few minutes.

Take a look around: Take stock of what you have where and what needs to be put away.  Then start at one end and work your way around the kitchen on the counters.  Just keep moving in a straight line, and don’t bounce back and forth, it wastes time and energy.  You may want to split it up into 3 sections where you will spend 5 minutes (go ahead and use a timer if you need to).

Start with the Counter Space.  You are probably going to find appliances, mail, empty containers, pantry items, etc. If you don’t use it daily, go ahead and put it away. Give appliances a quick wipe down and move any dirty dishes on the counter into the dishwasher.

Do the same with the sink area, if you don’t use something everyday put it down below under the sink.  It’s still easy to get and now you don’t have to look at it cluttering up your kitchen.  Give the sink a quick wash.

Deal with Paperwork.  Grab the trash can or recycle bin and go for it, because paper clutter NEVER looks nice.

Anything you need to keep can be placed in a drawer or better yet, in a pretty basket with a lid that you can store these items in.  But make sure to go through it occasionally to throw out anything expired or that you simply don’t need anymore.

Organize the Misc. If you still have more clutter than you might like tuck items away into a walk-in pantry.  It can be the great place to store items that you need for cooking but don’t often use.  I don’t have great pantry space so I had my husband set up shelves in the garage for appliances and food items that I don’t need every day.  Move out any items that don’t belong in the kitchen and either quickly put them away or store in a box you can tuck out of site until you have more time (but don’t forget about it).

Now, you just need to quickly wipe everything down and it’s sparkly clean.

What tips do you have to keep your kitchen clean?

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