It’s a classic notion: A happy house starts with a clean kitchen. A concept that many households abide by or strive to follow, it can be hard to conquer the perpetual mess that comes with one of the most populated rooms in the house. We understand the struggle and countless efforts that go into keeping a house clean and organized, especially when it comes to the kitchen. Your kitchen is a place unlike any other in your home in that it’s the room where people can cook, hang out, drink, and gallivant all in one place.
All of this is spectacular to do, but the functions of a kitchen are followed by the responsibilities, too. If you’re going to have a party, you have to endure the responsibility of cleaning up after it. If you want a happy home, you have to start with the greasiest and grimiest place in the house: the kitchen.
So how does one keep the room in their house that’s almost designed to be messy, clean? Though it may seem like a daunting and nearly impossible task, there are ways to ensure your kitchen stays sparkling clean on your own. Yes, you read that right. With these tricks of the trade, you’ll wonder how you ever lived with a messy kitchen once upon a time.
1. Keep Your Counters Clear
Clear spaces mean better work areas, and better work areas lead to better tasting food. The last time we checked, no one was ever mad at delectable food. This will also help you get into the routine of staying organized by reorganizing things after you use them from time to time.
It may seem crazy to not have your beloved coffee pot on the counter or that beautiful KitchenAid mixer you just got for your birthday. When it comes down to it, they not only take up space but also make it nearly impossible to adequately clean the way you need to. Store them in the cupboards above or below where you use them for easy access, and a clean kitchen is in your future.
2. Wipe Down After Each Use
We know, who wants to clean up directly before and/or after cooking a meal that they slaved over for countless minutes to hours to days making? The thing is, even the people with the tidiest kitchens seldom enjoy this task.
However, more than anything, it’s a matter of perspective. If you want a clean kitchen, you do actually have to clean your kitchen.
3. Keep Dish Soap and Sponges Handy
Dish soap and sponges are a necessity when it comes to the kitchen; there’s no denying that. However, it’s not always necessary for them to both be sitting out, taking up space all the while looking less-than-satisfactory.
Store them under the sink or in a hidden rack drawer by the sink to reduce clutter and sad sites. You and those senses of yours will be grateful.
4. Clean Your Fridge Weekly
This is a great habit to get into, preferably sooner rather than later. A lot of the food we have in the fridge has already gone bad, but we aren’t aware of it because we seldom take a look.
If you look weekly at what’s still good versus what needs to go, your fridge will be so organized, you’ll be able to see where things are, and you’ll create space for groceries to come. You also won’t be on the verge of a panic attack every time you open the door.
5. Keep Trash Out of Sight
No, we don’t mean throw it into a closet that guests, and yourself, will never go to. We’re talking about your trashcan, here, and how it should be out of sight and out of mind.
Where will you put it? Both your pantry or under the sink are great alternatives to the out-in-the-open trashcan dilemma of 2017.
6. Give Everything a Home
This is a simple organizational task. Yes, it may take a bit of time depending on the state of your kitchen, but your future self will be oh-so thankful that you took the time to do this. Your silverware should all collectively be in a drawer, preferably with a divider in it.
Tupperware should be tucked away in a slightly hidden cupboard, as to not take up space in others for dishes and other tableware. Organize your spice rack in whichever way makes the most sense to you. Just . . . make sure it’s not on the counter.
7. Utilize Storage Containers
It doesn’t matter if it’s a basket or an actual container, lid and all. What matters is that your belongings and food have a place to live neatly (key word, here).
By doing so, you’ll be able to easily see where everything is, and keep what needs to be fresh, fresh.
8. Empty The Dishwasher In the Morning
We know, there are few things that sound better than unloading and reloading your dishwasher in the morning. But the advantages here are endless! For starters, you’ll be half asleep and waiting for coffee to be made, so it’s almost like you’re getting the job done in your sleep.
Secondly, who wants to come home to a sink of dirty dishes from last night’s dinner that you never got to put away after running the dishwasher. Now it’s the evening, you’ve worked all day and the last thing you want to do is empty a dishwasher. Save yourself the stress; unload it in the morning.
9. Keep Cleaning Supplies Accessible
No, you don’t need a bottle of Clorox on your counter at all times. No, you don’t need cleaning and drying towels hanging from the middle of your sink. However, there is a whole world that exists under your sink, and guess what?
It’s perfect for storing your kitchen cleaning supplies, and also others. This way, when you have a spill or need a clean-up session, everything you need is right at your finger tips. Cleaning never looked so easy, right?
10. Designate Work Spaces
This is the job that our countertop appliances establish simply by existing in said areas. However, now that we’ve temporarily ghosted those appliances, you need to maintain certain areas for particular appliances and cooking duties.
Have cutting boards in a drawer? Above the drawer is now your cutting board space. Love coffee in the morning? Place the pot or French press in the cupboards next to your mugs. This way, you’ll never forget where you put certain things, and your counters will look flawless.
11. Use Multiple Cutting Boards
Using multiple cutting boards allows you to not have to scrub and rub down one single board in between uses during a single recipe.
It also keeps the counter from being overly cluttered with a drying cutting board smack dab in the middle of the island. Spend the $5 and make your life a whole lot easier.
12. Keep a Fraction of Your Fridge Empty
By saving anywhere from 20 to 30 percent of free space in your fridge, you allow room for the unknown, like leftovers. No one likes to cram things into a tiny space repetitively, hoping that soon it’ll stay.
Rid yourself of the post-dinner dilemma and clear at least 20 percent of your fridge every day to ensure extra space for leftovers; save some space.