If you’re anything like me, you’re probably be familiar with the feelings of guilt, dread and embarrassment when it comes to the state of your house. I’m usually too busy making things, playing with the #MonsterKittens or working on this here blog … you know the many things that take priority over cleaning and tidying. And of course, you don’t think about how bad its gotten until someones ringing the doorbell!
Now, you may be thinking about trying to get your house back into a better state on a more permanent basis… I know I need to! My house will never be the perfect space you would see in a glossy magazine, but I can improve on dirty dishes on the counter and an overflowing garbage bin! What better place to start being a better housekeeper than in the kitchen? After all I spend a good chunk of time in there! Here’s 4 things to do in the kitchen everyday that will help keep things a little more organized and help you be a little less worried the next time there is an unexpected knock at the door!
Use the Dishwasher
One of the best tips for efficient cleaning is to make full use of the dishwasher. In order to do this, you should always pay attention to the cups and plates you buy, make sure they’re dishwasher safe! The dishwasher provides a simple option for cleaning a bulk load of glassware, crockery and cutlery which is essential when things start to run out in the cupboards.
Empty the Garbage
Having a full garbage bin is a bit of a pain, not to mention STINKY. Perhaps the most annoying aspect is that you won’t be able to fit anything in it, meaning things start to spill out onto the floor, making it even more difficult to tidy up. **Wave your hand if you’re guilty of this** If your bin gets full up quickly, try and get in a routine where you empty it daily. Kitchen disinfectant is essential to keep you safe from the spread of viruses, so make sure you spray that stinky bin down whenever you take out the trash!
Wipe the Countertops
Spills are an everyday occurrence when it comes to counter tops, so don’t let them set and stain. It is much easier to wipe them away whilst they are still fresh, or you will need to use a heavy duty product to clear the mess away. Regular spills can be wiped with some paper towel and an antibacterial spray; just remember to allow the counter to dry before placing food on it. And don’t forget to move the coffee maker and anything else that stays on the counter on a regular basis… crumbs and ickiness like to hide out 😉
Check the Fridge
Another area to remember is your kitchen fridge, as well as your freezer… and I’m bad at this one! Since the door is closed, it is easy to forget about, but you don’t want to hold on to items that have gone moldy or rotten! Do a quick check of best before and use by dates to see what is still good to use. This is really important if you don’t want to run the risk of getting ill. I’m trying to get in the habit of checking at least once a week when I’m working on my grocery list.
What tips do you have about keeping a clean and tidy kitchen?