Kitchens & Tips on Keeping Them Tidy

Kitchens can be quite a chore to get clean, let alone keep clean.  In the 15 years that I have been doing this, I have found that kitchen areas can be some of the more challenging areas to clean and keep them that way.  I would like to share some tips with you on how to go about keeping your kitchen area more tidy so that it is less of a hassle to manage.  Especially if you have children and pets!

CLUTTER IS BAD

We all know that over time, we tend to collect a lot of “stuff.”  Weather that stuff is in the bedroom, the bathroom, the living room, or the kitchen.  However, it has been my experience that kitchens tend to gather more items over time as it is one of the most used areas in the house.  And with more items, comes more dust, residue, grease, and dirt.  Many kitchens have an array of appliances and things used for prepping food in them.  Most people have coffee pots, toasters, microwave ovens, chargers for cell phones, knife blocks, cutting boards, the drain board, blenders, and other appliances.  And let us not forget that most people use the island area in their kitchen for throwing their keys on, the wallet, the purse, the phones, loose change, piles of mail, coupons, the kid’s homework, and so on.  With all of this “Clutter”, it will make anyone’s kitchen more challenging to keep clean.  The 1st step in helping to keep your cooking area more tidy is pretty easy.

GET RID OF THE CLUTTER!

Now, this doesn’t imply throwing everything away.  What I mean by getting rid of the clutter is, find a place for everything.  Trust me, you will thank me later.  Take a look at all of the items laying around in your kitchen, on the counters, the island, and maybe even the table.  Give it some thought.  You will soon realize that at least 50% of that stuff has a much better suited place in your home!  Here are some tips for getting rid of that clutter.

  • Purchase an all in one Keys and Mail Holder.  These are relatively cheap and you can mount them on the wall.  Get the family into the habit of putting their keys and mail in that one spot when they enter the house.
  • Purchase a Powermat.  This is a little more expensive but the $99 is worth it!  You can get rid of all of those unsightly power cords for the androids, iPhones, and iPods.  Just lay everything down on this one mat and they will all charge.  So now you have eliminated a lot of cords!  Just stash them in a drawer somewhere.
  • If you haven’t used it in 6 months, get rid of it.  I know this is hard to do, believe me!  But if you have items (And we all do) that have been sitting unused for 6 months or longer, why keep them around?  If they are sentimental to you in nature, put them up somewhere or in storage.  If they mean nothing to you, toss them out or have a garage sale.
  • Purchase spice racks and cooking racks.  Again, pretty affordable at Walmart or Target.  You can put all of your spices, cooking utensils, and pots and pans in one area.  And they are out of the way.

 

KEEP THAT TOASTER CLEAN!

Toasters and coffee pots are two of the worst culprits in a dirty kitchen area.  We are always on the go and many people rarely wash the coffee pot or clean the toaster out.  Most toasters are a breeze to keep clean.  The trays underneath usually just slide out.  Pull that out and just empty it into the garbage.  Coffee pots are much easier to clean if you rinse them after each use.  Follow these two simple steps and you will find that keeping your kitchen cleaner will be a little bit easier.

 

THE DREADED REFRIGERATOR!

Refrigerators tend to collect A LOT of stuff over time, and in a very short amount of time.  Most families will put up to 4 unused food items a week into their beloved fridge!  And we all know what usually happens.  During the following days, we move stuff around in the fridge knocking things off balance and juices leak or spill onto the trays and things below.  This can quickly turn a clean fridge into a mess!  If you’re not going to eat the leftovers, just toss them.  No sense in cluttering up the refrigerator with things that are just going to make it filthy.  And don’t feel bad.  You’re not the “Lone Ranger” in this.  Many families and people do this.  It’s just a bad habit.  Just work on breaking it.

 

UNUSED UTENSILS

Many times, we have drawers packed with utensils that we don’t even use.  So full in fact, that you have trouble opening the drawer or can’t even shut it.  Either throw out what you’re not using or get a utensil rack and organize that stuff.  It will save you a lot of time and repeated frustration when you go looking for the measuring cup that you actually use once or twice a week!