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In the age of Pinterest and Instagram sharing gorgeous photos of gleaming kitchens, perfectly positioned flowers and sparkly countertops that glisten in the sun, reality would show us that our heart of our home is not always so well made up. Here’s the great part about this, is can be actually very simple to keep your kitchen clean, at least as close to perfect as you possibly can but just a few easy steps that I’ll be sharing.
- Clear The Countertops– Clutter begins where your countertops are which is why when you see a gorgeous kitchen in the magazines, the majority of them always have clean and clan counters. It’s true! How can you fight the urge to use them as a drop off place for magazines, dirty laundry, mail and so forth? Create a different landing strip near your front door instead. That way when you walk in you have a place to put your car keys that you tend to sometimes misplace, the mail that needs an extra stamp and any important information that you’ll want before you leave or come back from running errands. Also, make sure whatever you do have keep on your counters is functional and essential to you and cooking such as a cutting board for all your preparation work.
- One In, One Out Rule – Have you heard of the simple rule that is one in and one out? Basically it just means for every one new thing you bring into your home one thing needs to be taken out. This helps you to maintain healthy balance and your stuff doesn’t seem to over clutter every single section of your home aka your closet like me with shoes!
- Put It Down? No- Put Away – I’m sure many of us were bindge watching the Marie Kondo Tidying UP special on Netflix over the holiday but for those of you that didn’t, basically her philosophy is that everything you own should have its own place. And I mean, literally everything. Nothing should be left without your own area to designate it too. This is essential for a clutter free kitchen when thinking about dirty dishes aka put them in the dishwasher or new times as in should you put it in the pantry, refrigerator or a cupboard? What about items that are around your kitchen such as the winter coat that seems to always be misplaced or those gym bags that never get washed and kicked around by the door. Think of your kitchen as a one size fits all for anything and everything kitchen use and put it all in its proper place. Image: Premier Surfaces
- Do One Chore Per Day – I used to have this rule only for myself but as my children got older, I also have them help in this little task of mine. For one thing, they both love helping to wipe anything down which is why I have them wipe the counter tops down every time they are finished with a meal. We actually just installed my favorite Carrara Kitchen Countertop from Premier Surfaces which offers various locations and showrooms throughout the United States. For those wondering, carrara marble tends to have a very muddy white base or a more grayish background with soft veins while calacatta has a more pure white background with a darker grey veining. Both are gorgeous marble countertops but if you truly want to make a statement you should consider going calacatta marble, especially if you have a larger island in your kitchen like we do. Their staff is extremely knowledgeable from start to finish plus installation doesn’t take long and they help answer any and all questions and concerns I have!
- Allow One Messy Drawer– Of course not all kitchens or rooms are complete without one junk drawer to hold all the items we may tend to find or loose throughout the years right? My suggestion would be to just choose one drawer or one designated spot where you can put a few misplaced things in, but keep it at that so it doesn’t spread to other areas of your kitchen.
No matter what steps you have for keeping your kitchen clean, give yourself grace and time from day to day. Our kitchen don’t always have to be sparkling clean for uninvited guests to drop by but rather just a great labor of love where you can enjoy with your friends and family. If you’re tired of just doing everything at once, these simple steps can really help you keep things tidy, clean, organized and a better environment for you and your family too. I can’t wait to hear how these steps have you helped you and your loved ones stay on top of things not just in your kitchen but maybe even the rest of your home too!