How to Keep Your Kitchen Clean (in Less Time Than You Think)

The kitchen is one of the most traversed and occupied parts of the home and that’s no wonder: it’s the one part of the house that’s constantly in use. We’ve talked before about decluttering the kitchen, but how about keeping it clean in general?

While everyone runs their home differently, below are a few tricks that can help make anyone’s kitchen a bit cleaner — and they don’t take much time at all!

Clean as you go:

This may seem like an easy practice to follow but it’s not always the most intuitive, especially when you’re cooking multiple things at once. Everyone can fall into the trap of thinking it’ll be easier to clean up after you’re done cooking, but the last thing anyone wants to do after dinner is done is tackle the pile of dirty dishes. If you get into the habit of cleaning as you go, you’ll actually be able to sit back and enjoy your meal, instead of stressing about the ever-growing pile awaiting you in the sink.

While the vegetables are sizzling, clear your cutting board. Whenthe meat is cooking, put the measuring spoons in the dishwasher. Once you’ve finished with a pot or pan, wash them out immediately so it’s one less thing taking up space in the sink or on the counter.

Try this for the next few meals and experience the relief of a stress-free dinner! And the best part? More time for dessert!

Keep the sink organized:

If you don’t have time to do the dishes completely or load the dishwasher in one go, one thing that can make your life a bit easier is keeping the sink organized. This doesn’t mean keeping it empty, but if you’re in a rush to go from a meal to your next appointment or meeting, try this: rinse everything, stack the dishes, and put utensils neatly in a cup.

There are few things more stressful than coming home to a sink overflowing with dirty dishes. If you at least rinse them and pile them up neatly, it’ll be that much easier to deal with them later.

Have a list:

Imagine this: you’re baking a cake and need one more stick of butter but when you go to the fridge, you realize you’ve just used your last one. Or perhaps your grandchild has just spilled juice all over the table and you don’t have enough paper towels left in the kitchen to clean it up. You go to refill the holder only to realize you have none left.

Is there anything more frustrating than needing something only to realize you’ve run out? That’s why we recommend always have a notepad and pen nearby and get into the habit of writing things down when you realize you’re about to run out of something. The Grab N’ Go organizer has a compartment just the right size for these two items — and this can help immensely day-to-day. Why not get into the practice of writing your missing item down immediately to ensure you’re never in a bind?

It’s a small habit that can save you many headaches in the future that leave you scrambling.

Without fail, the kitchen is bound to get dirty — and you’re bound to run out of things. Yet changing habits doesn’t have to take a toll on your time or mind. Try the above tricks and see if it saves you time, stress, and keeps you organized!

What other tips do you have to keep your kitchen in order?