If you’re a clean and tidy person keeping your kitchen clean and tidy should be a doddle. For the rest of us the struggle is real. With two kids, two cats and a very messy spouse my clean kitchen doesn’t last for long!
In this post, I will show you my tips on how to keep your kitchen clean and tidy, to enable you to prepare food safely and quickly.
Download my free kitchen cleaning schedule to help you to make your kitchen the perfect place to relax and eat.
We will discuss in this post, how to simplify and organise your kitchen for good, using my rules for decluttering the kitchen.
Getting motivated to declutter and clean is not always easy especially with high volume areas like the kitchen so keeping on top of things and creating a clutter-free workspace and staying clean and neat is doubley as important in these areas as in other areas of the home.
Why it is so important to keep your kitchen clean and tidy.
The kitchen is the most important place in the house to keep clean and tidy
- To avoid cross-contamination and the spread of bacteria such as
- The kitchen is a high traffic area which needs to run smoothly and efficiently to avoid chaos and disruption.
- There are potentially dangerous equipment, chemicals and tools in a kitchen so safety and good kitchen organisation are hugely important to avoid scalds, burns, trips and falls.
- The kitchen is often the hub of the house, where people gather to eat and socialise, therefore it needs to be a calm organised environment where people feel at home and relaxed.
Have you ever wondered how the professionals keep their kitchens organised and running smoothly? Here are some tips that will help you get and
How to keep your kitchen clean and tidy.
I have an incredibly tiny kitchen; there is barely any room to swing a mouse let alone a cat! Cupboard space is insufficient with four cupboards, three drawers, and one small countertop.
Coupled with the fact that I am a kitchen gadget fan, this can be quite taxing at times.
In my very tiny kitchen you will find :
- A slow cooker
- A Juicer
- A blender
- A toaster
- A poached egg pan
- An Actifry chip maker
All of which I use on a regular basis.
I have a kitchen drawer which holds
- Two steak knives,
- a wooden spoon,
- a pizza cutter,
- a garlic press,
- a multipurpose knife,
- Eight knives, eight forks, eight spoons and three teaspoons, (the other five were thrown in the bin by my 5yr old each time he’d finished his yoghurt!)
A hanging rack which holds:
- Measuring spoons which double up as serving spoons
- Bottle opener.
- Fish slice
- Potato peeler
I also own:
- Four pans
- One oven tray
- 1 casserole dish
- One lasagne tray
- One frying pan
- One muffin tray
- 1 cake tin
- Drinking bottles (stainless steel)
- Cats dishes (stainless steel)
- Glasses six
- Six mugs
- Eight plates, eight side plates, eight bowls
- Two sandwich boxes for school
- Copious amounts of cleaning products (my weakness)
- 1 mixing bowl
- 1 salad bowl
- 1 colander
Everything else in the kitchen is food.
I do admit to being a slight food hoarder, and I’m still trying to work on that.
Even though I have quite a lot of gadgets and limited storage, everything is neat and tidy and is easy to find. The kitchen counters totally clutter free and only have the kettle sitting out, unless my other half has been using the kitchen!
Organising your home and keeping it clean and tidy can be quite a daunting experience for a beginner.
As you go through my list of things you will notice that I don’t have hundreds of things I don’t use, this is the key to staying organised.
When I open my kitchen drawer, I only have one knife to choose from, and I know exactly where it is, I don’t need to rummage through a drawer full of unused stuff to find my favourite knife.
Rules for decluttering the kitchen
- Get rid of:
Unused gadgets/ utensils /baking trays
Out of date food
Unused food (food bought on a whim which is very unlikely to be eaten)
Decorations and nic-nacs
Cookery books (unless used frequently, then please store on the bookcase with other books )
- Clean the kitchen thoroughly.
Look at your space and decide what you need to store in each area for convenience. For instance, put the pans near the cooker, store the cups near the kettle and coffee.
Items used infrequently go at the back of the cupboards or upon high harder to reach shelves.
I keep plates, glasses and cutlery near the dishwasher as these are washed more often than other items, so it makes it easier to put them away when you’re emptying the dishwasher.
Store washing powder next to the washing machine.
Keep everything off countertops and windowsills.
Do not over stack shelves as this makes them much harder to keep clean and organised.
Decorative items are not for the kitchen as they get greasy then dusty, and it makes it harder to keep the kitchen clean and tidy, save the decor for somewhere else if you must!
- Organise and declutter food
Food is something we need to keep on top of and one of my personal struggles. Things can quickly go out of date and can be forgotten about at the back of the fridge and cupboards.
Don’t overstock and hoard food. It is so much easier to see what you need to buy next time you are grocery shopping if you’ve not got loads of stuff in your cupboards. Use a grocery list when you shop to help combat food wastage. Download my free pantry stock list here.
Get rid of any food you don’t use on a regular basis.
Put lesser used food toward the back of the cupboards.
Make sure everything is sealed and labelled (preferably in Tupperware) after opening to prevent spillage and to avoid attracting ants and other pests.
Bring stock forward and place new items behind the older when you unpack the groceries.
Wiping the bottom of jars after use and before putting away will keep your cupboards cleaner for longer.
The fewer items you keep in your cupboards, the easier it is to see what you’re running out of, don’t be tempted to hoard food you don’t ever use, avoid impulse food shopping, you’ll never use the sushi rice and roller unless you cook sushi!
- Keep the fridge organised.
Always shop the day after you have cleaned out your fridge, this makes it easier to use up leftovers and to unpack fresh food.
Use your juicer to use up any fruit and vegetables; this can then be frozen and added to stews, casseroles and pasta or curry sauces as you need it.
Keep a basket in the fridge for food specifically for packed lunches, such as yoghurt tubes, fruit, cheese, spreads ( portioned in easy to grab bags for speed in the mornings.)
Use a chalkboard to write down the use by/ best before dates of fresh food going into the fridge, so when meal planning you can use shorter dated food first at the beginning of the week.
How to stay clean and tidy in the kitchen
Once you have got your kitchen organised, clean and tidy you need to find . a system which helps you to keep it that way. If you follow these rules you should find that your kitchen stays organised and tidy, and cleaning it daily will be a doddle.
- No paperwork is allowed in the kitchen! (unless you have a workstation in the kitchen keep all paperwork out of there! ). paperwork just leads to paper clutter. Set up a desk in another area of your home to deal with all your paperwork and set a time aside each week to go through it. Read how to organise school paperwork here
- Don’t stick things to the outside of the fridge! Keeping the fridge clutter-free makes it easier to clean. The bane of my life as a professional cleaner is fridge magnets. If you’re using them hold paperwork then find a system like the one in the above link to deal with it. If you’re using them for decoration find somewhere else to stick them where they won’t get greasy or hinder cleaning! make it easy for yourself keep a clean home!
- Keep the surfaces clutter-free at all times; it’s quicker and effortless to clear up immediately after every meal when the surfaces are clutter free, the bonus is that your kitchen will always look immaculate if you follow this rule! Toasters, utensils and all kitchen gadgets should be stored in the cupboards and out of sight. This is one tip which helps me keep my house clean in super fast time!
- Empty the bin daily even if it’s not full, this prevents the less house proud members of the family stacking stuff on top or even next to a full bin ! It also prevents flies and nasty smells!
- Deal with the dishes after every meal, snack or meal prep, Do not leave dirty dishes in the sink!
- Try to establish a solid daily routine to keep on top of all the daily chores that need doing. Read how to establish an easy daily house cleaning routine here
- Get rid of the junk drawer, it attracts clutter and hinders your decluttering journey. Read how I got rid of my junk drawer here
- Get rid of all the books in your kitchen, it’s hard to clean around them and makes it harder to keep a clean home, they attract dust and grease and take up valuable space. To find out how to declutter your recipe books read more here
If you try to introduce a few of these steps at a time, you should start to notice a difference almost immediately, your house should stay neat and clean with minimal effort.
Once you’ve decluttered your kitchen and got rid of everything you don’t need, you will need to keep on top of the cleaning so you can stay organised and prepare food safely.
I’ve created a kitchen cleaning schedule you can follow to keep your kitchen looking nice and tidy and effortlessly spotless. Spending five minutes each day will help you keep your kitchen clean and tidy.
Starting a kitchen cleaning schedule
Congratulations you’ve taken the first steps to organise your home! For further reading on cleaning, read my post How To Get Motivated To Clean When You Are Overwhelmed By Housework
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