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When you spend just a few minutes cleaning up your house each day, it is relatively easy to maintain, but once your daily chores get away from you and the house is dirtier than normal, your 20 minutes of chores turn into 60 minutes of chores and sometimes it takes even longer than that.
When you come home from a long day at work, or the kids are driving you up a wall that day, it is really hard to get yourself to clean, but if you know you only have a few minutes of chores and then you get to relax, it’s definitely manageable! Here is how I keep my kitchen clean and organized in under 20 minutes each day:
Your first order of business is to create your organized space. This is NOT a part of your 20 minutes a day, so take a day on the weekend and knock this out so that you can get to where you are in the maintaining stage! To create your organized space, you need to throw out all of your junk. Any expired food, trash, or things you should not be eating. Once you have purged your kitchen, take note of what needs to be organized and what is already organized. The more organized your kitchen is, the easier it will be to maintain! I love using bins to keep everything in order in my pantry and fridge. To organize your cabinets, check out racks, can organizers and drawer separators. Once everything is organized, give your kitchen a good cleaning! Wipe down your counters, all of your appliances and give your dishwasher and sink a deep clean. Now, you are officially ready to begin your maintenance plan. Each day, do these things:
Wipe Down Your Counters
After you finish cooking you last meal of the day, make sure to wipe all of your counters down. This should only take you five minutes at most and it will give you a fresh start to the day and will also make sure you do not get bugs overnight from left behind food on your counters. I absolutely love quartz countertops by Hanwha Surfaces because they are gorgeous and also make cleaning a breeze! Hanwha Surfaces is based in Atlanta, Georgia and sells high-quality, brand name Quartz and Solid Surfaces. They opened their North American manufacturing plant in 2009 in London, Ontario and currently have multiple warehouses all over the US, including Cerritos, California. Their newest warehouses are in Atlanta, Philadelphia, Columbus, and Massachusetts. One amazing thing I noticed on the Hanwha Surfaces website is that they offer a lifetime limited warranty for residential properties – I’m definitely a huge fan of that! Quartz countertops are extremely easy to clean and are non-porous, which is great because marble and granite are porous. The reason why being non-porous is a huge benefit is because of the fact that it is extremely stain resistant, making the countertop user friendly and even easier to clean and maintain. You can also find nine other reasons why quartz is the best in this article.
Put Everything Where It Is Supposed To Go
This will take another 5 minutes, at most. Putting everything where it is supposed to go will be extremely easy, especially since you already organized your kitchen! It will help your kitchen feel bigger, cleaner and it will make food and food preparation items easier to find when you need them the next day. I know I am a victim of the “just throw it anywhere in the pantry” motion, but how hard is it to just take two more seconds to put it where it belongs?! This is extremely easy and manageable to do every single day before bed.
Run Your Dishwasher
After you use a dish, load the dish in the dishwasher. In the evening before bed, make sure you run the dishwasher. If you put each dish in the dishwasher immediately after using it, this task should not take more than a minute (just to put detergent in the dishwasher and press start). According to The Kitchn, a great reason to run your dishwasher at night is because it adds humidity back into the home which makes your air conditioning work harder. It should already be a bit cooler in the middle of the night, so this should help on energy costs. Making sure all of your dishes are out of the sink at night is essential for keeping bugs away, reducing all mold growth, and reducing gross smells from food that has been sitting out.
Run A Diffuser
This is not a “must do,” but I highly recommend running a diffuser throughout the day, or in the evenings. Essential Oil diffusers have so many benefits – they can get rid of odors, deter bugs, help remove bacteria from the air, and more. Just for the scent alone, it is worth it to me! Some of my favorites are lavender, peppermint and orange for when I am awake. I love purification for when I go to bed – I feel like it really does purify the air and remove all of the leftover odors from the meal I last cooked. All you have to do to run a diffuser is fill it up with water and put a few drops of an essential oil in the diffuser. This will take maybe 3 minutes, at very most.
Vacuum Your Floors
This is your last step for the day! So far, we are at about 14-15 minutes for all of the previous tasks. Vacuuming your kitchen floors should only take you above 5 minutes, putting you right at the 19 or 20 minute mark! The reason why I vacuum each day is to maintain the floors. When I cook, there are always some crumbs that drop on the ground, even if I do not see them. Doing a quick vacuum when I am finished cooking and eating is an easy way to get all of the crumbs up. On the weekend, when I do a deeper clean, I will mop the floors, but each day I only need to do a quick vacuum to maintain!
There you go – 20 minutes or less each day to keep your kitchen organized and clean! Do you have any other tips for me? Don’t forget to check out Hanwha Surfaces for all of your countertop needs!