I have become a little obsessive in keeping my kitchen clean. We have an open floor plan, meaning if someone stops by for a visit my kitchen can be seen as soon as they are welcomed inside.
Or if I sit down to work I can see the dirty kitchen reflecting in my monitor.
Nothing is more distracting than a pile of dirty dishes and a cluttered counter top.
Also, we worked hard to buy this house and I want to take care of it.
But cleaning your kitchen doesn't have to eat up a chunk of your day. In fact, I've gotten it down to a 20 minute routine.
In total transparency, this is what we are dealing with.
1. Start with the sink.
I begin by unloading and loading my dishwasher. A for me dishes are the best place to start.
Once the dishes are in the sink I spray the sink down with a mixture of water and Dr. Bronner's Castile soap
2. Next I move on to the counter tops.
I put away anything that belongs in the kitchen but not the counter and then I remove anything that doesn't belong in the kitchen.
Next I spray the counter tops and wipe them down. Since I will be moving on to floors next I just brush the crumbs and what not to the floor.
3. Next I move onto the floors.
I do a quick sweep and then break out the steam mop.
I squirt a little of this Method Squirt and Mop on the floor. It is made for wood but it still works wonderfully on laminate flooring like ours. I usually only use this if the floors are sticky and gross.
I have found that steam mopping saves me a lot of time and usually I don't have to use any solutions (minus when the floors are sticky and gross. Thank you three-year-old who loves pancakes).
4. Finally, I just take out the trash and I am done.
I promise it only takes 20 minutes, I set the microwave timer and try to beat my time.
I usually clean my kitchen once a day, it's not always a deep clean, but I like waking up to clear counter tops and an empty sink.
What about you? What are your tips for keeping a tidy kitchen?