10 Ways to Keep Your Kitchen Clean

  1. Ten Ways To Keep Your Kitchen CleanGet rid of clutter.  No one needs fifty plastic cups!  If there are cups dishes, bake ware, or appliances that you never really use, donate them.
  2. Nest objects when possible.  There’s a reason that plates, cups, bowls, bake ware, flat ware, and virtually every other item in your kitchen is made to nest inside of each other.  It keeps them all neat and tidy and saves you space.
  3. Use baskets.  If you’re short on space, there’s no reason to keep all those bulky cardboard boxes that so many foods come in.  Get a basket and dump those fruit snacks, cereal bars, and snack size snack bags in it.  You’ll save cabinet space and all your snacks will be in one place which makes snack time or lunch prep easier.  You can also do this with measuring cups and spoons.
  4. Get vertical.  If you’re short on space, don’t forget that you can go vertical!  Ceiling racks for pots and pans can give you more cabinet space.  Installing wood or wire shelves in the kitchen can give you more space for canned or boxed goods.
  5. Always keep your sink clean.  I know, you’re thinking I’m nuts, but once you start doing it you won’t go back.  Dirty dishes in the sink make the room look cluttered and dirty even when it isn’t.  By keeping dishes in the dishwasher or washed as they’re used you don’t have to go back and do it later.
  6. Keep like objects together.  It seems like common sense, but sometimes we just get in the habit of slinging things into drawers or cabinets when we’re pressed for time.  If you keep all your like items together, you always know where they are and it’s quicker to both get them out and put them up.
  7. Ditch the table linens.  If you have kids you know why I say this.  It’s just easier to keep the table wiped off and cleaned up if you don’t have to worry about shaking out crumbs every time you serve a meal or snack.
  8. Do a bi-weekly fridge clean out.  Clean out the fridge on grocery day and trash day.  If those are close together, pick one and then another day earlier/later in the week.  It’ll keep you from buying things you don’t need at the store as well as give you more space for fresh foods.
  9. Wipe down counters and sweep floors after each meal.  It takes just a few minutes and this way cereal and other crumbs don’t get tracked into other rooms.
  10. Do a deep cleaning a few times a year.  Three or four times a year, do a deep clean. Reorganize your cabinets and give the kitchen a good scrub down.  You can throw out or donate items that you are no longer using during this time.
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