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When my kitchen is a mess, my whole life feels chaotic. Trying to cook a meal or find something I need becomes a huge ordeal and leaves me overwhelmingly frustrated. That is why I have decided to make this month’s second mini habit cleaning the kitchen before bed.
It may seem like you are adding more to your plate, but the truth is, when you start the day with a clean kitchen, it is much easier to maintain throughout the day. It does not have to be perfect, but as long as it is neat and functional, I think that is a win.
I started this mini habit a few days early to make my weekly housekeeping schedule easier and it has made a world of difference. I am much happier and find I have more patience for my kids. It also energizes me and motivates me to clean the rest of my home.
Here are some of the strategies I have employed to make sure I do not go to bed with a clean kitchen.
Deal With Paper Immediately
Between mail and the papers the kids bring home from school, I sometimes feel like I am drowning in paper. I have found that dealing with it the moment it comes into the house makes it easier to keep up with. When the mail comes in, toss the junk into the recycling right away. Any bills, I write them on my wall calendar with the amount due and any information I need to pay it (payment website, account number, etc.). Most of the papers that the kids bring home go right into the recycling as well. If they bring home a special project that they are very proud of, I will put it in a special bin where I keep art work.
Clean As You Go
If you take something out, put it back as soon as you are done using it. If you used a pan to cook breakfast in, wash it, dry it and put it back right away. This makes it much easier at the end of the day when you only have a few things to clean up rather than the whole kitchen.
Teach Kids To Clean Up After Themselves
Not only will this alleviate some of the burden on you, it also instills valuable life skills and good manners. My kids know that after they eat, they are expected to clear their place, put their dishes in the dishwasher and push in their chairs. Start having them do this as soon as they are ready.
Run The Dishwasher Every Night
This has been revolutionary for me. I used to wait until the dishwasher was completely full to run it. Now, if there is not enough room for the dishes that will be used at breakfast, I run it. I usually empty it while the kids are eating breakfast so they can put their things in as soon as they are done. I cannot express how much this has helped with managing the mess. If you do nothing else in this list, start doing this.
Clear And Wipe The Counters
At the end of the day, clear off your counters and wipe them down. If your counters are cluttered, your kitchen will still look messy. Get as much stuff off as you can. Any small appliances that you don’t use daily, put it in a cabinet or in your pantry. The only items I have on my counters are my coffee maker and stand mixer. The less you have out, the better.
Cleaning the kitchen before bed helps puts me in a position to start the next day off right. It energizes me to wake up to a clean home, rather than a mess.
I would love to hear your thoughts or other tips you have. What makes it easier for you to keep your home clean?
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