4 Tips for Speed-Cleaning Your Kitchen
by Melissa Bullard
Face Your Kitchen Columnist
Refacing your kitchen cabinets? Thinking about refacing your kitchen cabinets? This probably means that you want a new look for your kitchen, but you don't want to spend a lot of money on it. Well, until you can get started on your kitchen refacing, one of the best cheap ways to keep your kitchen looking fresh is to keep it neat and clean. But life gets busy, and sometimes it seems like tasks pile up until you're left with an overwhelming mess. If you're interested in tips that can help you save time when it comes to cleaning, read on!
Tips for Speed-Cleaning Your Kitchen
- Maintain Daily: One of the best ways to save time cleaning your kitchen is simply to complete basic jobs often. Then when you really need to speed-clean, many tasks are already done. Putting away appliances and foods as soon as you're done using them helps keep your countertops clear. Wiping off the counters, the stovetop, and the faucet every day shouldn't take more than two or three minutes, but it does make a huge difference in the appearance of your kitchen.
- Multi-tasking: If you're a coffee or tea drinker, use the time while you wait for the brew to finish or the water to boil to load the dishwasher, sweep, or spot-clean the kitchen floor. When you're cooking dinner, take advantage of one-dish recipes that you can make in the crockpot or oven. While things are simmering or baking, load the dishwasher, throw away old food in the fridge, or write next week's grocery list.
- Minutiae Matter: At least once a week, take time to wipe down surfaces in your kitchen that might not often get much attention--refrigerator doors and handles, the tops of appliances, cabinets doors and door/drawer handles, the outside of the oven door and its handle, any small knobs or light switches. The little things make a big difference, and it shouldn't take you more than five or ten minutes.
- Measure Time: Give yourself a time limit. When you know that you won't spend more than ten or fifteen minutes in the kitchen, it's amazing how focused you can become. If guests are coming and you're in a hurry, take items that don't belong in the kitchen and put them in a box, then take that box to another room. Remember, you're not focusing on putting everything away right now; you're engaged in speed-cleaning your kitchen.
Speed-cleaning your kitchen isn't about in-depth cleaning or making everything perfect, but it can help you maintain your kitchen's appearance even on life's busiest days.
About the Author
Melissa Bullard earned a Bachelor's degree in English Literature, then a Master's Degree in Spanish Language and Literatures from the University of Nevada, Reno. She has taught writing, literature, and Spanish classes, and is currently working as a fre
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