How to Clean your Kitchen in 20 Minutes a Day for 30 Days
Twenty minutes a day isn't much time. It is, however, enough of a window during your day to tackle your kitchen from top to bottom. We're not talking about simple wiping down of surfaces — we're talking all-out dusting, de-greasing, baseboard-wiping, oven-cleaning goodness. In just 20 minutes a day? Want to see how it's done?
1. Adjust to your own schedule.
This method works wonders for a two-person household with a large amount of dishes and wear and tear in the kitchen. If you have eight kids, there's a good chance this number might need to go up a little (but then again, you have eight kids, so put them to work!).
Likewise, if you don't have 20 minutes all together, break up the tasks so you can do things in parts. Maybe add 10 minutes to your morning routine and 10 minutes after dinner.
2. Take care of the dishes, floor, and surfaces.
The list below assumes that you'll be taking care of dishes, sweeping, and giving things a quick wipe-down every day anyway. These basic chores being done each and every day are essential to the plan (and your sanity) below. P.S.: Give yourself a break when necessary; no one will know if you don't sweep your floor every single day.
3. Set a timer.
Everyone gets distracted easily. When you're at home there are doorbells ringing, text messages flying, kids calling your name, work emails winging in. It's no wonder we often feel buried under chores! Sometimes we just don't get to them. Set a timer for five minutes. When it goes off, set it again. If you get derailed during that time, the ding! will help bring you back and refocus.
Day 1. Wipe down the fronts of appliances, large and small.
Day 2. Clean the inside and outside of your trash can.
Day 3. Tidy cookbooks, aprons, and towel and linen drawers.
Day 4. Wipe down baking containers (flour, sugar, cornstarch).
Day 5. Clean out your refrigerator. Wipe down shelves and tidy freezer.
Day 6. Wipe down cabinet fronts (dust and polish) and range hood.
Day 7. Mop the floor.
Day 8. Wipe down the fronts of appliances, large and small.
Day 9. Clean the inside of your utensil holders and top of refrigerator.
Day 10. Clean under your refrigerator and stove.
Day 11. Clean the seal on your dishwasher and garbage disposal.
Day 12. Clean windows and sills (if you have them).
Day 13. Wipe down decorative accessories and pictures.
Day 14. Mop the floor.
Day 15. Wipe down the fronts of appliances, large and small.
Day 16. Tidy pantry, canned goods, boxes, and bags.
Day 17. Clean cleaning items (clean the sponge, wash towels, etc.).
Day 18. Wipe down interior cabinet shelves.
Day 19. Wipe down walls.
Day 20. Wipe down cabinets (dust and polish) and range hood.
Day 21. Mop the floor.
Day 22 Wipe down the fronts of appliances, large and small.
Day 23. Organize pots, pans, or other items under cabinet drawer.
Day 24. Scrub out sink and wipe down faucet.
Day 25. Clean out your refrigerator, wipe down shelves, and tidy freezer.
Day 26. Clean the inside of your microwave and set your oven to clean.
Day 27. Wipe down baseboards.
Day 28. Mop the floor.
Day 29. Wipe down the fronts of appliances, large and small.
Day 30. Dust light fixtures, clean switch plates and vent covers.
Source: The Kitchn
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