Cleaning a kitchen can be a daily chore. I actually have a full organizing section dedicated to cleaning & organizing the kitchen in my declutter course, but today we will focus on cleaning it a bit. Every little bit helps!
Have your cleaning supplies handy. I keep mine in my pantry. I keep it up high so that the kids can not get it. You could also keep them under your counter on a tension rod. I find that when I have things that are easy to access, I will be more likely to use them. When I keep my brooms and mops in my pantry, I can easily grab them, use them and put them back. I don’t have to dig them out or go out to find them in the garage. They are easily accessible.
CLEANING THE SURFACES:
- Do not use the same wash cloth on the counter that you will be using on your dishes. I like to use new ones each time (I think that this drives my family crazy and it leads to a lot of laundry, but I feel better doing this). I will use one on the countertops and table and then I will throw it in the laundry. I get out a new one to use for dishes for the day.
- If you have a sponge, you can sterilize it by microwaving them for 60 seconds.
- If you are cleaning areas where the kids are eating or playing, you may want to use less-harsh cleansers like white vinegar and lemon (this will help to deodorize the area). If you need something to scrub the area, you could use baking soda.
- Clean your cabinets daily by just wiping them down with soapy water on a wash cloth. This will take you one minute at night. I just wipe the spot near the handles (and including the handles) right before bed. This prevents the grease from sitting there overnight.
- Fill them with white dishes. White dishes make such a difference! We have Dowan dishes. (I love the serving bowls!!)
- Keep your cabinets clutter-free so you can easily find what you need and make dinner a snap!
- Do the cleaning routine here as you would with the cabinets. Take that same washcloth and just wash the faucet, too. I try to use the corner of it to get the area where the faucet connects to the sink. You could use a cotton swap or toothbrush, too. You will want to use the toothbrush for the drain area, too (where the water goes into the sink).
Keep the dishes in the dishwasher and out of your sink, if possible (run the dishwasher every evening and unload it before bed. You will not have any dishes waiting for you in the morning).
Clean your sink with a scrub brush or wash-rag (right before you toss it into the laundry basket). I spray disinfectant spray in our sink often and just let it sit for at least 10 minutes to clean it out.
If you have a garbage disposal, put a lemon (cut into fourths) into the disposal once a week to clean it out and let it deodorize it. It is best to follow this up with boiling water.
If you have doors to your kitchen or pantry, clean them, too. I love the magic eraser to get rid of the mess that ends up by the handles (on my white wooden doors), but I also use a warm, soapy washcloth. You won’t believe how ‘clean’ this makes the whole area look. White doors really show those messy little fingerprints (as cute as they are!)
Cohesiveness makes a huge difference in a kitchen. We use all white Dowan plates, dishes, serving trays, etc… because it gives the feel of clean & clutter-free. Even the cute little dipping bowls look better when they are white (see below).
If you are ready for more decluttering & cleaning tips… hop over to my Declutter Course!