If you guys are familiar with CMS lingo, you’ve probably heard me say the word MIA before which stands for “Most Important Areas”. And as the name suggests, these are the areas that I like to focus on when I’m cleaning because they count the most for me. My biggest MIA is the kitchen; when I wake up in the morning to a messy kitchen, I am stressed! So this is an area that I really spend time cleaning each day so that when I wake up in the morning my kitchen isn’t perfect, but pretty clean. Over the years I’ve developed a quick and easy 10-minute kitchen cleaning routine, something that you can do each day that gets you from point A to point B.
Clear Away Dishes
After a full day, you probably have a bunch of dishes, lunch containers, utensils, pots and pans, that kind of stuff, all piled up. I start by clearing everything off—I throw food into the compost bin, refuse into the garbage or recycling box, and then I’ll load all of that stuff into the dishwasher. If anything needs to be hand washed (think knives, cutting boards etc.) this is the time to do it.
Declutter The Counters
Anything that I’ve taken out to cook with or use during the day I’m going to put away, I like my counters to look neat and clutter-free. I also line everything up parallel or perpendicular to the edge of the surface which adds a clean symmetrical look—it really does make a big difference. Finally, I’ll give the counters a quick wipe-down with an all-purpose cleaner.
At this point, I look for those glaring gross areas that need a quick touch-up. We’re not talking about a complete cleaning here, we’ll just tackle the really obvious things that catch your eye. I pay special attention to glass and stainless steel that have fingerprints, drip marks or splatters. For this quick cleaning, I use a really simple DIY recipe: one cup white vinegar and one cup of water. I put that in a spray bottle and use it for this spot cleaning.
Clean Sink, Clean Kitchen
The kitchen sink is like the bed of the bedroom—if the sink is dirty, the whole kitchen looks dirty. Just like if the bed isn’t made, the whole bedroom looks dirty. I always wait until the very end to clean my sink because (obviously) I’m using it throughout this cleaning and I don’t want to clean anything twice. I use this really simple, but effective, sink cleaning method.
The last thing I do is a garbage check. If they’re just about full, whether it’s regular garbage or compost, I know that it’s time to empty it. There’s nothing worse than a kitchen that smells like garbage!