“Cleaning and organizing is a practice, not a project.”
— Meagan Francis
Do you find yourself spending more time in the kitchen than any other room of your home? If so, you’re not alone. According to the National Cleaners Council, most people spend almost twice as much time in their kitchen as they do any other room in their house. This is especially true for homes that have an open floor plan. The kitchen can be a challenging space to maintain clean and tidy because of all the activity that goes on there. Food prep, cooking, cleanup – all these tasks lead to crumbs and spills that need regular attention. But it’s not just the mess left behind by various activities that can clutter up a kitchen.
Often, what really makes it feel messy is the overabundance of small items like utensils or spices that are easy to overlook but make a big impact when left out in the open. Luckily, there are plenty of ways you can keep your kitchen clean with minimal effort.
Here are 5 simple ways to keep your kitchen neat and tidy:
Clean as you go
The best way to keep your kitchen clean is to clean as you go. When you’re prepping or cooking food, clean as you go – don’t let stray crumbs or drips accumulate on your countertops or on your stovetop. This will make your cleanup job so much easier when you’re ready to finish up. If you need to, set a timer and clean as you go so you don’t get distracted and let messes build up. The less you let clutter build up in the first place, the less effort cleaning will require. If you have little ones in the home, cleaning as you go is essential for keeping things safe as well. The Flippr Sweep Cleaner is one tool that helps keep spills and debris at bay, quickly and easily. It's a compact, self-standing tool that grabs those little messes and allows you to dispose of them without bending down or using a separate dustpan.
Make a habit of putting things away
One of the best ways to keep your kitchen clean and tidy is to make a habit of putting things away as soon as you are done with them. This can be difficult if you have young kids or pets that make a lot of mess, but it’s better to put things away right away than to let them pile up and get out of hand. Put away dishes as soon as you have finished with your meal. Put away pots and pans as soon as you have finished using them for cooking. Put away food immediately if you have kids or pets in the home. Put away spices as soon as you use them so you don’t have to see them every time you open your cupboard and feel the urge to use them again. Make a habit of putting things away, and your kitchen will stay tidy without any extra effort on your part.
Organize your small items
The items that seem to expand to fill every nook and cranny of the kitchen are often small items that people don’t realize they have or don’t know what to do with. They may be leftovers from food you previously prepared, they may be spices, they may be small kitchen utensils like whisks or measuring spoons. Put things away in drawers or cabinets, or use containers and systems that allow you to store these items out in the open but neatly and systematically. You can even use small containers to store small leftovers or pieces of food that you don’t want to throw away but aren’t sure what to do with. You can also use containers to store extra spoons, whisks, and other small kitchen utensils that take up too much space in a drawer.
Schedule regular kitchen cleans
Nobody likes to clean, but it’s important to stay on top of it. The best way to stay on top of your kitchen cleaning is to schedule regular kitchen cleans. This will ensure that you don’t let your kitchen get too messy and that you have time for a thorough clean all at once rather than just putting out fires as they happen. Put together a schedule that works for you. You might want to schedule a thorough clean of your kitchen once a week while also doing a quick clean after each meal. You might want to schedule a weekly quick clean while also scheduling monthly or bi-monthly thorough cleans as needed. Try experimenting with different schedules to see what works best for you and your household.
Use storage containers to keep things tidy
Storage containers are a great way to keep your kitchen tidy. You can use them to store leftovers, to store small pieces of food, or to store your small kitchen utensils and spices. What you store in containers can help keep your kitchen tidy. For example, if you use an open container of kitchen staples like spices, you’ll be able to see exactly how many you have left and where they are. And you can quickly and easily grab one when you need it. What you put in your containers is just as important as what you use to store them. If you store leftover food in containers, make sure they are safe to reheat in the microwave or in a pan on the stovetop.
Keeping your kitchen clean doesn’t have to be a chore. With a few simple strategies, you can make sure your kitchen stays tidy and organized so you can spend less time doing housework and more time doing the things you love. If you’re still feeling overwhelmed by the amount of work it takes to keep your kitchen clean, you can always hire professional cleaners to do the job for you.