I thought I’d switch things up a little bit and talk about how to quick clean the kitchen. After all ~ I am the QUEEN OF CLEAN! (OR NOT!)
That was a joke *cue laughing*
I’ve been a homemaker for 25 years and my weakness happens to be cooking and cleaning! Imagine that ~ HA! (I blame my creative side for that.)
But if there is such a thing as an award for “Most Improved,” I surely would be a candidate for most improved cooker and cleaner because I have changed so much in that particular department.
Cleaning isn’t one of my strengths but I’ve discovered a few ways to make cleaning so much easier. Since I’m excited about what I’m learning, I thought I’d share my tips and secrets for a quick cleaning of the kitchen, especially for those who cook a lot, like me! (Notice how I keep saying “QUICK” cleaning.)
1. CUT THE CLUTTER
AAHHHH CLUTTER! NOW ~ I am the queen of clutter, that’s for sure! I’m more attached to my stuff than a baby to his binky. But I’ve learned that being attached to your clutter is like being attached to your fat. It’s a heavy and needless burden to bear.
I’m not where I’d like to be yet, but I’m making progress by leaps and bounds. Although it has always crossed my mind in the past that I use 25% of my stuff and store the other 75%, which is very much in my way, I really didn’t understand the significance of living minimally. I thought it was wise to keep everything.
I stumbled on this mindset totally by accident. I’ll tell you the whole story (since you asked haha.) A mom in a homeschool FB group posted that she was so happy to get rid of most of her homeschooling stuff to become more minimal and stress free. I commented that I have trouble getting rid of anything especially homeschool curriculum and that I have 18 years of homeschooling that is taking over my house. She recommended another group page and I joined right away.
That’s when I learned about Allie Casazza and quickly signed up to receive her blogs.
I LEARNED SO MUCH FROM HER!!!
She doesn’t know I’m talking about her or that I exist. But I’m going to give her a shout out because she has completely changed my thinking and my life.
You can read about my purging journey in my blog “The Time I Gave Up Social Media For Lent ~ Part 2.” It’s a good story!
QUESTION: How do you declutter the kitchen?
ANSWER: Get rid of the stuff you don’t need or use. Get rid of the excess dishes and silverware. If this creeps you out, then take some of it and put it away somewhere where your family won’t find it. That way they’ll be more inclined to wash a dish they need than go to the cupboard to dirty another dish.
Completely clear off your counters and put everything away. Put your “stuff” in the cupboards. If there’s no room, then get rid of something. I cook a lot and make most meals from scratch and I don’t really have a lot of “stuff.”
I keep my waffle iron, food processor, and crock pot in the cupboard below where I use them or on my refrigerator. I do keep my toaster, Jayce’s diabetes supplies, and kitchen knives on my counter ~ but usually that’s all.
Now, I am a work in progress so I’m not going to pretend that my counters are perfect right this second. But it’s my goal to get them this way at night before going to bed ~ at least during the weekday.
Whatever your hand finds to do ~ do it with all your might ~ Ecclesiastes 9:10
2. CLEAN AS YOU GO
I rinse my dishes off as I use them and I also have a sink full of hot soapy water. I will either put the rinsed off dishes in the dishwasher or give them a quick wash in the soapy water and let them sit to dry.
That way I’m not left with a huge stack of dirty dishes to do at the end of the day. I clean as I go, for the most part, but even if I don’t get everything cleaned every time, I still do enough to make it easier for me at the end of the day.
And this is where the decluttering of dishes comes in handy. If you have only enough dishes for the people in your house available, then even if everything is dirty, there won’t be a lot to clean. Rinse every plate after each meal so they will be ready for the next meal.
Every family is different and every need is unique. We are a homeschooling family who is home for every meal. We have 6 people living in our house, a gluten-free, diabetic 7 year old with special dietary needs, and a 14 year old boy who is continually hungry. Our kitchen is used and loved a lot ~ maybe more than the average household.
3. START ON ONE SIDE
After dinner, I will start with the kitchen table by clearing it and cleaning it completely. This is also a good job for the kiddos to do. Then I start from the far right side of the counter and move around the entire kitchen. I clear everything off the counter usually by taking as much as I can hold at a time. Doing it this way seems to go faster for me. I keep moving quickly taking armfuls of stuff, throwing and putting away and stacking the dishes, moving from one side of the counter to the other until I’m completely finished. If I’m not distracted by something ~ this goes super quick! All that’s left is wiping the counter and taking care of the dishes. Once all that’s done, I make sure my sink is completely cleaned, dried and shining bright! And then I sweep the floor and wipe quick with a wet cloth.
4. MOVE QUICKLY
There are things you can do quickly and once you get into the habit of doing these fast it becomes automatic. For me, if I focus on doing this every day and keep myself moving quickly, I really find myself becoming a much quicker cleaner.
Whatever you do ~ do your work heartily ~ as for the Lord rather than for men, knowing that from the Lord you will receive the reward of the inheritance. It is the Lord Christ whom you serve. Colossians 3:23-24
I’m terrible at delegating. I’m a do-it-yourself kind of gal so it’s hard for me to let go. Besides encouraging our children to clean up their own mess, I assign one child to empty the dishwasher and the trash every day (they switch off every month with vacuuming.) I also have the kids clear and clean the table. It’s simple enough that they can (and will) do it without being nagged but it also helps with the work in a big way.
6. DEEP CLEAN ONCE A WEEK
Once a week I deep clean my kitchen. I dust the top of the refrigerator, pantry doors, window sills and shades, etc. I use Murphy Oil Soap on my floors and cupboards, and I clean out my fridge.
I had to make myself remember to do this every week because I’m not naturally organized and cleanly.
Since I do this often, I do this as quickly as possible. As I say to my children ~ I scurry! I figure that it’s better to do this once a week quickly, than to do it once a year slowly or not at all ~ YIKES! Even if I forget something one week or I only have time to deep clean half of my kitchen, it still gets a thorough touch up at least once or twice a month.
I know so many people who are much better at cleaning and organizing than I am so I feel a little silly writing a post like this.
But since this is what I’m working on right now and there might be someone somewhere who will be blessed and encouraged by what I write, I thought I’d go ahead and share. This is my story and hopefully, someone can learn something from me.
All hard work brings profit ~ Proverbs 14:23
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