If you’re familiar with CMS lingo, you’ve probably heard me say the word MIA before, and I don’t mean missing in action! At Clean My Space, MIA 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.
Knowing your MIAs is the key to how to clean fast. And when it comes to the kitchen, knowing how to clean fast is clutch because we spend so much time cleaning kitchen messes! Think about it; three meals a day adds up to a lot of cleaning. So that’s why I want to share my kitchen cleaning tips and tricks, so we can all get the heck out of the kitchen as quickly as possible.
I hate waking up to a dirty kitchen because it means I have to face dishes and countertops before I’ve even had my tea. That’s why I’ve developed a quick and easy 10-minute kitchen cleaning routine. This is something I can do every day to keep my kitchen looking good and to ensure I never have to wake up to a messy kitchen!
1. Dirty 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 all the plates—I throw food into the compost bin. Then, I load everything into the dishwasher and turn it on. That way, I wake up to clean dishes. And if anything needs to be hand washed (think knives, cutting boards, etc.), this is the time to do it.
If you’re spending a lot of time on dishes, I recommend you check out my article, 12 Essential Products to Perfect Your Dishwashing Routine. If you’re not using the right sponges, soap brushes, and more, your dishwashing routine can take way longer than it should, and nobody wants that.
2. Kitchen Counter Organization
Something people often overlook in their cleaning routine is decluttering. Decluttering is something that can take minutes but make such a huge difference to the appearance of your space. I actually have a whole article series called 10 Things to Toss on decluttering different parts of your home.
For kitchen counters, the same principles apply. I put away anything that I’ve taken out to cook with or use during the day. 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 my DIY all-purpose cleaner.
3. Spot Cleaning
Now that I have dishes and counters out of the way, 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. Check out my article How to Clean Stainless Steel Appliances for more information.
4. Clean the Kitchen Sink
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.
For my 10-minute cleaning routine, I just give the sink a wipe down and toss any food into the compost. When you’re doing a more thorough cleaning, read my Sink Cleaning Secrets for how to give your sink a good deep clean.
5. Take Out the Garbage
The last thing I do in my 10-minute kitchen cleaning routine 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!
If your kitchen is still smelling ripe after you toss the trash, that’s a sign you need to clean your garbage can. Insert groan here as this is no one’s favorite chore. But when the time comes, I have you covered with my article How to Clean Your Garbage Can.
How to Clean the Kitchen
If you clean your kitchen daily, you can avoid having to do a huge clean at the end of the week. Plus, it’s way more relaxing to enjoy a morning coffee or tea in a clean kitchen than beside a pile of dirty dishes.
If you spend more than 10 minutes on this kitchen cleaning routine, you might need to deep clean your kitchen and reset the space. But keeping up with regular maintenance cleaning will help you and your space feel so much better!