Hey! Thanks for stopping by today! I’m so did! Do you have a kitchen? Yeah? Well, then you know how difficult it can be to keep a kitchen clean, right?
I’ve got 3 ravenous boys and a husband with a ginormous appetite. Our kitchen is THE room in our house where we spend most of our time. It’s a busy place and there are dishes and crumbs abound. The refrigerator seems to have a revolving door, but that’s not to be shown up by the pantry’s strict open-door policy.
I don’t have time to constantly be running around, keeping my kitchen clean after my insatiable boys eat yet again today. I’ve got more important things to do than be on crumb patrol! You too?!
What you need is a routine. A system. A schedule. When I started using a schedule, all my stress vanished. I didn’t feel like I had to keep everything spotless all the time anymore because I knew that it WAS clean.
It’s okay if there are a few dishes in the sink or the counter isn’t constantly spotless. They will be taken care of and I know they haven’t been sitting there for days. Nor will they be left there for days either, which may or may not have happened in the past…
Our kitchen is lived in, but it’s also clean! The first thing I changed was doing it all myself. I don’t do it alone anymore. My boys have their parts to help keep clean. Between all of us, it’s quick work to keep the kitchen tidy. We use these three things to help keep our kitchen clean.
3 THINGS I USE EVERYDAY TO KEEP OUR KITCHEN CLEAN
KEEPING A KITCHEN CLEAN MUST-HAVE #1
Good, strong trash bags are must-haves in our kitchen. I need a bag I can trust to keep our trash contained and that there won’t be leaks! That’s the worst, right? Hefty Ultra Strong bags are great for keeping the garbage where it belongs. The active tear resistant technology offers better puncture resistance so leaks don’t happen.
KEEPING A KITCHEN CLEAN MUST-HAVE #2
A good strong, safe cleaning solution. I use vinegar, lemon, baking soda and hydrogen peroxide as my main cleaners. They are great cleaners and there’s no harsh chemicals that will mix with our food or my kids. I use a 2:1 ratio of vinegar and water with a tablespoon of lemon juice (or lemon essential oil) as my basic multi-surface cleaner. It’s simple, cheap, safe and effective. That’s how this momma likes it.
KEEPING A KITCHEN CLEAN MUST-HAVE #3
Cleaning rags. I like to use cotton rags like these ones. I just throw them in the washer when I’m done. We save money by re-using them, it’s better than paper towels for the environment and I don’t have to worry about them tearing in the middle of a mop up or counter scrub down. The best part? No nasty sponges sitting around, stinking like crazy!
THE SECRET TO KEEPING A KITCHEN CLEAN
So what kind of schedule will help you stay on top of everything? You’re in luck! I’ve got the perfect printable for you! I’ve broken it down into daily, weekly, monthly, and quarterly tasks. And there’s a BONUS weekly schedule to help you make sure you don’t miss anything in your quest to keep your kitchen clean.
For the monthly and quarterly tasks, I assign a specific date and schedule it into my calendar so I don’t forget about them. For example, I clean out the freezer on the 15th of January, April, July and October. At least that’s my goal.
Want your copy of my How to Keep Your Kitchen Clean printable and the BONUS weekly schedule? Clicking the button will take you to the download page where you can save and print your schedule to keep your kitchen clean!
Have you ever tried a weekly cleaning schedule before? If not, give this a try! I promise you’ll feel like you spend less time cleaning up after everyone else; and, somehow, it’s easier to keep your kitchen clean!