Keeping the kitchen clean and organized is one of the biggest challenges we have at home – even if you’re a super mom. On the outside, people may think you’ve got it all under control, but there are moments when you just want to walk out and just leave the kitchen alone.
Will it even get easier?
Here are some tips that may help reduce that overwhelm and make your kitchen more manageable.
CLAYGO, or “Clean as You Go”, Classic “clean as you go” helps make the overall clean-up process easier, especially if everyone in the family is practicing it. Don’t let spills and messes stay overnight. Wipe them off immediately and wash all the utensils as soon as you finish using them to prevent food and grease from drying and hardening.
Regular cleaning doesn’t always mean spending half a day doing chores. Using around 10-30 minutes a day on a single task everyday makes the work SO much lighter. Take 10 minutes at night to wipe your counters, or 20 minutes to vacuum the kitchen just before you sleep – it will help HEAPS. It can be tedious but it’s important because your food safety all depends on them. Wiping down the oven and stove after use and throwing away the expired/spoiled food in your fridge and pantry are small tasks but it prevents the buildup of odor, dirt and grime, which can be harder to clean later on.
Sweep the kitchen floor regularly to remove crumbs and debris. Mop the floor as needed. Wipe down all surfaces in the kitchen, including the counters, cabinets, and appliances. It is preferable to use a non-toxic disinfectant cleaner to kill germs and bacteria while you’re at it. Doing this regularly will also help you save on cleaning products as well as you won’t need to use too many products without any buildup.
Ask for help!
You don’t need to be the one always worrying about these things! If you have kids, it can be a great way to bond with them by teaching them how to do these chores. Giving them responsibilities also helps build their confidence and independence so everybody wins! Give them light and easy-to-do tasks that they can accomplish, and work your way from there.
In conclusion: Kitchen cleaning won’t be as overwhelming if you establish a daily routine of small cleaning tasks that can save you time and effort, keep your kitchen more hygienic, help save cleaning products, and prevent your belongings from taking damage.
As a last resort, you can always reach out to professional cleaners! Cleaning services like The Clean Life have regular and once off cleaning services to help you maintain your home while you focus on work and taking care of your kids.
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