If your family is like most families, then it’s likely that you all have spent a lot of time in the kitchen. That’s a lot of traffic. While this allows you all to stay connected, it also creates quite a bit of housework that you have to stay on top of. If your family is also like most other families, then you all don’t have a lot of time to take care of the kitchen. The following three tips will help everyone in your family keep on top of this chore. The tips don’t require extra work, per se, just a little planning to implement.
Keep Your Trash on Hand
It’s impossible to have a kitchen without having a trash can, given the amount of activity that takes place in this popular room of the house. However, kitchen trash left unattended becomes overwhelming. It also attracts some major insect action if you don’t keep on top of it. Having a plan for the removal of your trash will help you stay on top of this chore. First of all, make sure that you separate your garbage. Create a compost bin for your kitchen. Keep it covered and possibly stored under the sink. The other thing that you want to do is to have a “regular” trash can that has a lid on it. The lid keeps the smell at bay. It also keeps pets and small children out of the trash. Finally, your plan to stay on top of this chore should include daily trash removal. At the end of the day after dinner, take out the trash.
Clean As You Go
It’s not only your family that likes to eat in the kitchen. Bugs do, too. Not keeping your kitchen counters or stove wiped off when you spill something counts as one of the common causes of pests. Any spill should be cleaned at once as they are like a buffet sign to all kinds of ants. Free-standing water is also another big buggy attractor. That being the case, make sure that you empty any water in your sink. If you have cups or glasses that need to be washed, don’t leave water in them. Pour the water out, or better yet, put those items into the dishwasher.
Find a Place for Everything
Finding a spot for each item in your kitchen allows you to keep it organized. Once you’re done with an item you never have to wonder where it goes; you just put it back into its designated spot in the kitchen. For example, you might have a drawer for all of your sharp knives, cooking utensils like spatulas and wooden spoons. Another drawer becomes the receptacle for kitchen tools, like tape measures, sticky note pads, and keys to the utility room. A color-coded system will keep your pantry in order. The key to making all of this work, however, is to make sure that you’re disciplined about putting things away once you’re done with them.
Your kitchen is the place where you entertain guests, your kids do their homework and of course, you cook. All of this activity can cause your kitchen to become quite messy. Therefore, staying on top of the spills and clutter counts as the best way to stay on top of your kitchen chores.
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