There are so many things I love in this world. One of them is coming home to a clean kitchen. Knowing that everything is in its place makes feel I am in control. I think everyone deserves to live in a clean and desirable environment. However, with life being so busy, we have the tendency to accumulate, and at the end this makes our lives, in my opinion, harder. That’s why I want to share with you some useful tips that have helped to keep my kitchen clean.
– Remain organized while you cook
Have you ever found yourself in a situation where your kitchen is a huge mess after just making a simple meal? I have! In order to avoid this, you have to be conscientious of the things you need. For instance, next time you make a meal, try gathering the ingredients and the utensils you will be using and place them on the same place. With this system everything you need will be organized and within your reach instead of being cluttered and dispersed.
– Rinse out while you cook
It’s time to eat, but you just found that there’s no spoons, knives or forks to eat with? Has that ever happened to you? When I started learning how to cook I would go through tons of silverware when it wasn’t necessary. Next time instead of using multiple utensils try rinsing them out. For instance, if you need to stir a soup, after a simple rinse, you can use the same utensil to sauté some vegetables. WARNING: Use different utensils for raw meat, poultry or eggs.
– Be active on passive time
While cooking there is normally a passive time. This is your biggest opportunity to get everything organized, if you clean up and put away all those pots and dishes you had to use for your meal, at the end there’s just going to be a couple of dishes left for you to put in the dishwasher. This is the most useful tip I can give you! If you start practicing this, you will find that keeping your kitchen clean was, in fact, a feasible task.
– Clean after every meal
If you follow all the steps above, you will find that there’s just a couple of dishes left and it will be easier for you to put them away. You should make this a habit. Once you are done with your meal, clean what is left. It’s easier to clean up 2 to 4 dishes at a time than 6 to 12 at the end of the day!
– It does require a little time
Since you will be cooking and tidying up at the same time, you’ll need a couple more minutes of your time, especially if are in a hurry to get to work. Start 5 to 10 minutes earlier. Don’t leave your dishes dirty or soaking in the sink (unless necessary). Believe me there’s such a great feeling when you come home to a clean kitchen.
– Unload the dishwasher before cooking
There’s no thing more overwhelming than have to put away both, clean and dirty dishes at the same time! I don’t know about you but I feel so distracted. Once I started unloading the dishes in the dishwasher before I started cooking I saw how a little change could make me more efficient once it was time for me to clean up after every meal.
– Store the eyesores
This is the hardest part for me, and I deal with this all the time. Sometimes I just can’t find the space for some of the groceries. It seems easier to put thing on top of the fridge, or put them in a corner on the countertop. However, over time this will make your kitchen look very cluttered and disorganized. Try being creative about storing your goods, if necessary, get rid of things you don’t really use so you can utilize that space. You can also check some ideas to store things in plain sight but that look neat and organized.
– Focus on one item every week
A clean kitchen involves more than clean dishes and countertops. You will want it to be clean from the inside out, right? Nobody, at least me, wakes up in the morning and says: Today I will clean up all my kitchen cabinets! For that I have a good tip for you. Focus on one area a week, or more if your cabinets are extremely messy (once they are organized one area a week will work just fine). For instance: this week start by organizing the top shelf of your pantry, or the cabinet where you put your utensils.
I hope you enjoyed this post and feel motivated to keep your kitchen clean! Am I missing something, what other things do you do?
I am looking forward to hearing from you? Comment on the section below if you have any other questions or if there is a topic you would like me to write about!
Have a beautiful day 🙂
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