As you guys know, I’m a big believer a calm morning can change the outcome of an entire day it just takes a little bit of planning the night before. I can definitely tell a huge difference in my attitude on the days that I’ve followed a morning routine and the days I wake up late feeling harried. I love being able to walk out to a clean kitchen, a well-stocked coffee bar and take in the aroma of a brand new day.
Part of being able to wake up ready to tackle the day is making sure the kitchen has been tidied before I go to sleep. Here are seven time-saving kitchen cleaning tips that will change not only your morning but your evenings too…
Empty the Dishwasher Every Morning – One of the very first things I do every morning is empty clean dishes from the dishwasher. This simple step keeps the dishes from piling up in the sink throughout the day. It means you have the ability to put your coffee mug directly into the dishwasher before you leave for work. It also means your sink will be empty when you get home and you’ll be ready to handle the dishes that come with making dinner. Brooke from Be Fed Again has this great tip about how to clean the dishwasher every other month.
Take Care of Spills in the Microwave Immediately – Spills in the microwave are common occurrences. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve had to clean up chicken noodle soup spills these past few weeks. If you wipe down the microwave as soon as messes happen it won’t take you as long to clean the dried bits that have splattered. I usually fill a large pyrex measuring cup with water and sliced lemons. Then I turn the microwave on for 4 minutes or until the water is boiling. I start cleaning other things in the kitchen, let the steam sit for about 15 minutes and wipe clean.
Make Countertop Spray Easily Accessible – I’ve been using this granite countertop cleaner for about a month now and so far I love it. I keep it in a glass bottle next to the sink with a microfiber cloth so I can use it as needed throughout the day.
Tackle Fingerprints on Stainless Steel – We have all stainless steel appliances and fingerprints seem to show up with each use. I generally use plain distilled white vinegar to clean the fingerprints off, followed by a small amount of coconut oil to polish the stainless steel.
Find the Right Stovetop Cleaner – The ladies at 2 Bees in a Pod turned me on to this stovetop cleaner and I’ve been using it ever since. I like the recipe uses natural ingredients and the lemon makes it smell fresh. If the burned bits are really bad, I add one cup of hot water to the mix, a teaspoon of mild dish detergent and allow the mixture to sit about 20 minutes before wiping clean.
Scrub the Sink Every Night – I’m totally obsessed with using Lemongrass and Orange Essential Oils to make a version of a nightly sink scrub. It makes the entire kitchen smell so good. It also makes the sink shiny, which feels like a high five each night ha ha.
Keep Clutter at Bay – It can be really easy to leave mail or paper clutter, lunch bags, empty cups, small appliances, family calendars, etc on the kitchen counters. I’m personally a stacker and when my schedule gets really busy I find myself leaving little piles all over the kitchen. The visual clutter drives me bananas so taking the time to put these things away after every use really helps to keep the clutter at bay.
I hope these tips have helped. Let me know if you have any good ones I should try.
See you guys back here tomorrow. My Mom and I have been working hard to give my booth space at The Pickers Market a fresh feel so I’ll share an update with you.