5 Tips for Maintaining a Clean Kitchen

It's easy to feel overwhelmed when the kitchen is a mess.

I don't know about you, but if my kitchen is a mess when I wake up, it pretty much guarantees I'll be behind the rest of the day. In fact, it usually means I can't catch up and feel overwhelmed the rest of the day.

Does that ever happen to you?

The number one thing you can do to get a jump start on the day is to go to bed with a clean kitchen. Now this may seem obvious, but for a lot of you, I know this has been a major issue in your life.

Walking into a messy kitchen in the morning is discouraging.

I love to cook, but I hate cooking in a dirty kitchen. So if the kitchen is a mess when I go to cook breakfast at means I have to clean the kitchen before I cook which means breakfast prep takes twice if not three times as long as it should.

Then, if I don't get the kitchen clean right after breakfast, that means I have to clean the kitchen before I can cook lunch. And the same for supper.

It's a vicious cycle. Know what I'm talking about?

When you wait to wash the dishes till later, you are ensuring you'll have to use more elbow grease to get the clean. Dried on food takes more work to scrub clean. But if you do it as soon as the meal is over, it takes just seconds to wash, fine, and dry the dishes.

Of course you may have a dish washer, but the same principle applies. You'll just feel better if you do it right away. I promise.

Some of us are procrastinators by nature. We put off those things we don't want to do because of a sender of dread. We feel like the chore is so unpleasant that we just put it off for as long as possible. Part of that issue is a lack of self discipline. The other part of that is the fact that we may well dread task because when we put off doing a chore, it really is worse when we finally do it. We condition ourselves to believe a chore is really much worse than it would be if we just did it immediately.

5 Tips for Maintaining a Clean Kitchen

1. Go to bed with a clean kitchen. You'll be happier in the morning and feel better about yourself too.

2. Allow ample time to cook the meal you have planned. You're more likely to create a big mess if you are in a super hurry.

3. Clean as you go. Wash those mixing bowls as soon as you are done using them. It only takes seconds! Wipe up those spills as soon as they happen. It's so much easier!

4. Clean the kitchen and dinning area as soon as the meal is over. If you have kids this is a good time to put them to work.

5. Stay on top of those big kitchen chores like mopping the floor and scrubbing the some and refrigerator. Frequent or weekly cleaning means less time is required to clean so you can go on with your life quicker and it won't be hanging over your head like a black cloud.

Today's Goal: Go to bed with a clean kitchen. If your counters are cluttered, take a few minutes to clear the clutter before bed.

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