Cleaning the Hub of the Home

The kitchen is the hub of the home. You cook there, eat there, chat there and, if you have a party, you’ll be there too! It is so difficult to keep clean, because it is messed up after every meal and after elevenses too. With teenagers in the house it can be even more difficult as they seem to be helping themselves to food constantly!

But it is important to keep it tidy, firstly because it is easier to cook in a tidy kitchen and secondly because you don’t want to cause a health hazard.

 I have found it best to make some rules from the outset:

  • Give everything a place
  • Clean up spills as you go along
  • Wash up as you go
  • Put things away after you have used them (I’m thinking here biscuit tins and cereal boxes after they’ve been raided)
  • Throw things away as you go (empty cereal boxes!!)
  • Get all members of the household to agree – there is nothing worse than cleaning the kitchen before work/school only to find the debris from lunch and snacks everywhere when you arrive home.

 Once you have got that in place you can keep your kitchen clean and tidy by doing a little each day. I have listed here jobs that should be done daily, weekly and monthly.

 Daily cleaning

  • Washing up, drying and putting away (or filling the dishwasher, running it and emptying it)
  • Sweeping the floor
  • Wiping surfaces
  • Clearing up areas that tend to clutter
  • Wiping down the sink

Weekly cleaning

  • Mopping the floor
  • Wiping down appliances
  • Cleaning out the fridge
  • Washing the dish rack

 Monthly (will include)

  • Clean windows and sills
  • Wipe down the walls
  • Empty, clean and sort the drawers
  • Empty, clean and tidy food cupboards/pantry. Check dates on all the packets etc
  • Organise pots and pans
  • Clean the oven
  • Clean under and behind the ‘fridge and cooker
  • Clean and disinfect the bin
  • Empty and dust all shelves

This might seem a lot of work, but if you set up a schedule that allocates either a monthly or weekly task to each day of the month, this should equate to about 20 minutes per day.

There are a number of schedules available to download, which you can easily adapt to your own life. http://www.apartmenttherapy.com/uimages/kitchen/TheKitchn-20Minute-30Day-Clean.pdf

 By doing a little each day you should be able to stop spending all Saturday scrubbing cleaning.

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