The kitchen is the heart of your home. It is where you cook your daily meals, sip your morning coffee, and even teach your children how to bake. However, this also means that it gets messy QUICKLY. With that in mind, here are some top tips for keeping your kitchen clean, even with kids in the picture!
1: Do it now. Not later.
If you are in a rush, it seems easy enough to leave a glass or a cup on the counter to clean later. However, this means that dishes pile up rather quickly and sometimes stay there overnight. This allows dirt and grime to build up considerably. As a result, you should strive to clean things as soon as they have been used, after all, this will only take a few seconds of your time.
2: Get everyone involved
It is important that you involve your children in the cleaning process, it allows them to develop excellent life skills and take accountability for their own mess. However, that is easier said than done. A chore chart can act as a great incentive for getting your kids to take responsibility and help clean up the kitchen (and the rest of the house), especially if they receive some kind of reward for their hard work. This can be as simple as a piece of candy, or getting to choose what film you watch that night.
3: Decide what needs to be cleaned and when.
Some chores may need to be done on a daily basis, such as washing dishes and sweeping the floor. However, other items do not need to be cleaned as regularly. For example, you may only need to mop the floor every other day. Find a schedule that works best for you – and stick to it.
It is essential that you pay close attention to keeping your electrical goods clean and in excellent working condition, especially as they are particularly expensive to replace. For example, it is essential you keep your fridge in top condition. This means ensuring it is clean, and free from water – as this is one of the most common causes of a fridge breakdown.
4: Keep the clutter to a minimum
Clutter can build up quickly and can make your room look a lot messier than it actually is. Therefore, you should ensure that there is a place for everything and everything is in its place. You should also try to only buy items for your kitchen that you need – for example, you probably don’t need to add to your collection of mugs, even if you find one you love in your local store, and everyone seems to have more Tupperware than it is possible to use. Make smart decisions, and keep the number of things you store in your kitchen to a minimum. Throw away items that are broken, damaged, or no longer in use. This means there are fewer items to clean, and it can help your kitchen appear more organized.