You’ll enjoy your kitchen a lot more when it’s clean. That doesn’t mean the process of getting it clean is enjoyable.
That’s why it’s helpful to learn how you can maintain an uncluttered space without constant effort. These simple tips will help you substantially reduce the amount of time you spend cleaning the kitchen.
Add a Step to Meal Prep
Adding one basic step to your cooking process is a smart way to save time in the long run. All you have to do is empty the dishwasher before you start prepping a meal. That way, you can add items to the dishwasher as you go. Cleaning while you cook is a lot easier than leaving the task for later.
Keep Supplies Close
Kitchens get messy for very understandable reasons. Meal prep can cause a mess.
Too often, this happens over time. You spill some ingredients on the oven while making dinner, but don’t clean it right away because you don’t have the supplies you need on hand. This happens several times until the entire top of the oven is stained.
Avoid this by setting aside space in or near the kitchen for essential cleaning supplies. Having them immediately available when you need them will make it easier to clean up small messes or spills as soon as they occur. Thus, you’ll spend less time on thorough, time-consuming cleaning later.
Clean from the Top Down
Do you have any high surfaces or fixtures in your kitchen, such as cabinets, a chandelier, ceiling fan, etc?
When cleaning the entire kitchen, start by cleaning these high surfaces first. There’s a good chance dust from them will settle onto the floor as you clean. If you swept and mopped the floor first, you’ll have to clean it again when dust from the higher spots settles down on it. Clean the higher spots first, and this won’t be an issue.
Choose One Task a Day
Keeping a kitchen mess-free can be relatively easy once it’s thoroughly clean. Again, if you have your supplies nearby, you can address small spills right away instead of letting them accumulate.
That said, getting your kitchen thoroughly clean in the first place may be a challenge if you’ve neglected it. There may be many tasks you need to complete, such as cleaning the refrigerator, cleaning and organizing all kitchenware, organizing cabinets, and much more.
Having too many tasks overwhelms some people. As a result, they never get around to cleaning. They simply don’t know where to start.
If this sounds familiar, it’s helpful to choose one small task to complete every day. Eventually, the entire kitchen will be clean. If you remain vigilant from then on, it will stay that way.
Choose Properly-Sized Bins
It may sound obvious, but it’s a tip many forget to follow.
Having recycling and garbage bins that are the right size for your needs helps keep messes under control. If you run out of space in a bin before emptying it you may be tempted to store some items on countertops or in various other spaces. This is easy to avoid if you upgrade to larger bins.
Cover the Countertops During Meal Prep
Again, meal prep is the cause of most kitchen messes. It’s easy to spill ingredients on the countertops during this process.
This is less of a problem if you cover the countertops with aluminum foil, parchment paper, or a similar item first. Money-wise, this may not be feasible for every meal. You don’t want to use these items so often you’re constantly spending money replacing them. However, if you’re going to be cooking a particularly large or messy meal, this tip makes clean-up much simpler. All you have to do is throw away the aluminum foil or parchment paper after you’re finished. They will collect any spills that otherwise would have reached the countertop.
Don’t let constant maintenance prevent you from enjoying your kitchen. Knowing how to clean efficiently is key to spending less time on clean-up overall. These tips will help.