How To Keep Your Kitchen Clean And Cook In It Too

I spend a lot of time in my kitchen.  I feel like I'm constantly cleaning it.  This little feeling got me thinking about a big problem that I feel faces a lot of kitchen users out there, how can I keep my kitchen clean and cook in it too?  I promise to share with you 6 small steps you can take to make sure you too, can have a clean kitchen and cook in it too.  At the end of this post I will be sharing something extra so please stay tuned!!

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It really is the million dollar question, how to keep your kitchen clean and cook in it too?  I'm here to tell you that it is possible.  With a little bit of work and planning, you can have a clean kitchen and cook.

In this post, I'm going to share how I'm able to keep my kitchen clean and cook in it too!  All it takes is a little planning and you too can have a clean kitchen (most of the time :) ).  I've also put a bonus together for you so stay tuned until the end for that!

Step 1: Start Off With A Clean Slate

Hopefully, you are starting with a clean kitchen to make this easier.  How easy will it be for you to clean as you go if your kitchen starts off messy?  Chances are you are going to walk into your kitchen, grunt (well at least I would), walk out, and order in.

When I say start off with a clean slate here are a few things to consider:

If the dishwasher is empty then it will be so easy to rinse a dish and put it in there.  Most of the hard work is done!  

The counters are clear of clutter then you can easily have space to prepare your food.  You will not be fighting for counter space (unless you have a kitchen without counter space, and then my heart goes out to you) making your task that much easier.  Which brings me to step 2.

Step 2: Clean While You Cook

I think Snow White said it best, "Whistle while you work".  Same concept, just a little quieter.  You need step 1 for step 2 to happen.  Now let's broaden the concept to more then just putting dishes into the dishwasher.  Putting things away after you are done with them will save you so much clean up time!  Are you done with those spices?  Put them away.  Are you done with that empty bag?  Toss it!  If you continually clean up after yourself, your counters stay clean and the final clean up will be so much easier.  Seems simple enough, right?

Step 3: Use A Garbage/Yard Waste Bowl

This is a life saver for me.  Before the yard waste days I use to add all of my garbage and yard waste in the bowl and toss it as I needed.  Now I use this exclusively for yard waste.  Ever time I am cooking dinner there is always a need for this!  The garlic and onion waste, bell pepper seeds, tops of carrots, the list can go on.  Toss them in the bowl and empty when you are done.

Step 4: Cooking Stations

If you are preparing a feast or are in a family with different allergies then this will be a good tip.  Cross contamination can be a very bad thing.  Setting up different stations can help eliminate cross contamination and help keep everyone happy and healthy.  Here are some examples:

Keeping raw meat away from other raw foods.  

Separating allergens (gluten, nuts, etc.)

Step 5: Utilizing Items More Than Once

Can you use that bowl that had the lettuce in it again?  There is no need to dirty more items if you can reuse them.  How about measuring cups or measuring spoons?  This will lead to less dishes in the dishwasher giving you less things to clean up.  I am guilty of this one!  I will just put dishes in the sink as soon as I'm done with it, out of habit and find myself having to grab a clean, what ever it was.

Step 6: Keep Food Safe Wipes Close By

This will really come in handy if you spill something.  If you get to the spill as soon as it happens you are not going to need that elbow grease.  Also, this will cut down on bacteria on the counter.  If you have chicken breast out and some of the raw juice get on to the counter wiping it down before you are putting raw veggies down will keep your family from getting sick.  Remember to only use food safe wipes or cleaner when cleaning in the kitchen to keep everyone safe.

Step 7: Be proud of yourself, you've cooked at home!

Serousily, you should be proud of that.  If you are one of those people that eats out because you're tired of cleaning, then this will be a huge accomplishment for you.  

My hope is that I can inspire you  to eat in more often and still love your home.

And as I promised, there is a checklist to help you out.  You can print this off and keep it with you in the kitchen to help keep your kitchen cleaner.  

Okay, so these are my tips for keeping your kitchen clean while cooking in it.  How many of these tips are you using now?  Do you have others that help you keep your kitchen clean?  I would love to hear all about it in the comments below.  Thank you so much for taking time out of your day to read this!  Your support really means a lot.

Jenn