One of the messiest and cluttered spaces in one’s house is the kitchen. It could be because it is constantly used or because you may just have a lot of cooking materials and ingredients. Whatever the reason for this mess is, you need to clean it up to ensure hygiene and cleanliness, especially with your meals.
In this two-part article, we’ll discuss the best habits to practice to keep your kitchen organized and clutter-free. Continue reading below to start with the first part, and then make sure to check out the second part of this article afterward!
1. Do Not Leave Dishes Overnight
After a long day at work, it may be frustrating to go home to see a mountain of dishes. You probably have told yourself, “I’ll do it tomorrow”, but it is advised that you do not do this. Not only will it give you extra work in the morning, but it is also unsanitary.
Piled-up dishes could collect and build up a lot of bacteria in your kitchen. Plus, it may be harder to get rid of the grease on dishes left overnight. We recommend that you do it after every meal or do so as you use them in the kitchen. However, if you are tight on time, at least try to do it before the day ends.
2. Clean Up After a Meal
We are not just talking about doing the dishes here, but also about making sure you wipe down countertops and the table after eating. This will immediately make your kitchen look and feel cleaner.
To take it up a notch, you can immediately sweep and mop after a meal. This will lessen the workload when you have to clean the kitchen later, and you will be grateful that you did all of this.
3. Clean as You Go When Cooking
As mentioned before, try to keep dishes clean immediately after using them for cooking. Furthermore, wipe down countertops immediately and put away any ingredients that are not or no longer in use.
Also, make sure to immediately throw away any trash in the kitchen when you cook. This way, you can avoid having a big mess when you are done cooking.
4. Re-use Your Drinking Glass
If you use a drinking glass, do not wash it immediately. Instead, you may put it on the table or kitchen counter, and cover it with something to use throughout the day. This will save you both energy from having to constantly wash it and water resources.
This habit is simple and can be easily picked up by anyone. It will even become so natural every time that you do it.
5. Plan Your Meals
Most of the time, we buy ingredients from a grocery store for one specific dish, then we never use it again. These ingredients end up living in our cupboards, and they are forgotten, while they end up being hoarded like all other ingredients.
By meal planning, you are able to buy the right amount of groceries and ingredients and avoid unnecessary spending. You can also use up whatever ingredients you already have in your kitchen and hopefully throw them out when it’s all gone.
Keeping your kitchen clean and organized may sound difficult, but trust us when we say it really isn’t. It is just a matter of cleaning up after yourself and trying not to hoard. To read more about the best habits to keep your kitchen clean, read the second part of this article.
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