There are some folks who seem to have immaculately clean kitchens at all times. Whether you’re over for a party or you swing by unannounced for a quick cup of coffee, their kitchens are always spotless — with gleaming countertops, floors you could eat off, and everything in its place.
How do these people manage to keep things so neat and tidy?
Here are 5 tips on how to keep your kitchen clean and tidy.
This isn’t as overwhelming as it sounds — and in the long run, it will actually make your life much easier. Just think about which is less work: Quickly wiping down your counter after cooking a meal or having to give the surface a deep clean because it hasn’t been scrubbed for weeks. The neatest homeowners know that a little bit of daily sprucing up goes a long way.
Make an effort to do the small things every day, like returning items to the pantry, taking out the recycling, sweeping the floors, and cleaning up spills as they happen. Stay on top of things and you’ll eliminate any need for an all-out cleaning day on Sunday.
Keep an empty sink.
Never go to bed angry — or with dishes in the sink. Whether you’re wiped out or just feeling a little lazy, don’t feel tempted to toss a dirty pan into the sink to soak and call it a night.
Because before you know it, one pan turns into five and you’re stuck dedicating a half-hour on dish cleaning duty.
The same goes for your dishwasher — either load it up and start a cycle before bed or, if you’ve got clean dishes in your hand, return them to the cabinets before calling it a night.
Gadgets and equipment accumulate quickly in the kitchen, especially if you have a large family or love to cook. And while a complete 16-piece pan set may seem like a good idea in the store, once you get it home, it’s likely to feel more like clutter than helpful equipment.
Make your life a little easier (and neater) by streamlining your kitchen equipment (tools, pans, small appliances, etc.) to only what you need or use regularly.
Store things out of sight.
It’s important to store the equipment you do keep properly. You might be tempted to keep it all out on the counter where it’s close at hand, but if you’re in pursuit of clutter-free kitchen space, it’s probably not the best solution.
Instead, opt for storing everything away in your cabinets or pantry, leaving only a few everyday necessities on your countertop (such as a crock with utensils or your coffee maker). The more you can hide away, the better your kitchen will look on a daily basis.
Just don’t shove everything into the first cabinet you open — put things away purposefully!
When in doubt, fake it.
Everyone has those weeks when life just gets too busy. If you find yourself scrambling with 20 minutes until people arrive, do what you need to make it look like things are under control. Move dirty dishes into the dishwasher don’t stash them all in the sink, wipe down the counters, and sweep the floor.
Happy kitchen cleaning time. Let us know your kitchen routine?