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It’s Day 3 of the Happy Kitchen Project with Brooke and Tina of Designers Collective and we are off to a great start! Seriously. The enthusiasm you guys have shown and your excitement about the project has us so hype! If you missed yesterday’s post, you can check it out here. The theme of the day was color, and Designers Collective gave some great tips on how to find inspiration, choosing a color palette, and even how to use color in your kitchen to get your happy on. So be sure to check that out.
Today, I’m going to share my thoughts on keeping your kitchen clean.
A clean kitchen is the foundation of a happy kitchen. Believe it or not, it really does affect your mood and your ability to really get the creative cooking juices flowing!
I know I personally can’t think straight when my kitchen is a mess. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not saying my kitchen would be immaculate if you showed up at my door right now. What I AM saying is that I’m much more excited about cooking and whipping up greatness when I can see my counters, the dishes aren’t piled up, and I don’t have three week old science projects in my fridge.
(Oh, so that’s only happened at my house?)
Well these tips I’m going to share with you help ME, and if you know someone like me, maybe it will help them too. If you want a happy kitchen, start with a clean one.
1. Clean it everyday. I’m not talking about baseboard scrubbing and heavy duty oven work. Just a light tidying up. Sweep the floor. It literally takes three minutes. Try not to go to bed with any dirty dishes in the sink. Wipe the counters down, because hello, crumbs mean critters (and you don’t want that). If you opened and cooked some kind of meat or seafood, go ahead and throw the raw trash and packaging away in a grocery store plastic bag and take it out right then. Trust me, that mighty meat smell is not one you want to wake up to.
2. Clean the fridge once a week. I try to do this the day before I go grocery shopping. It eliminates science project potential, and it also saves me money because I know exactly what I have in my kitchen. Then I can build my grocery list and menu around what I already have, and not buy jelly that I don’t need because I couldn’t remember if I had any or not.
3. Keep certain foods on hand at all times. Stock your kitchen with foods that work double duty. Just about everything in your kitchen can be cleaned, disinfected, and deoderized by foods you already are using to prepare meals. Lemons, white vinegar, coarse kosher salt, olive oil, and baking soda are all ingredients you can use to naturally clean your kitchen.
You just saved money, the environment, protected your family from harsh chemicals, and cleaned your kitchen, in one step. Boom.
4. Infuse your kitchen with fresh clean scents wherever you can. Use scented foaming soaps for hand washing and even scented dishwashing soap if you want. Keep satchets in your kitchen linen drawer. Every time you open that drawer to take out a dish towel or potholder, that clean scent is going to make you happy.
5. Use airtight storage containers. Flours, sugars, cereals, rice, (basically dry goods) can leave lots of loose crumbs of not stored properly. As we already discussed, crumbs means critters. We’ll talk about some of my favorite canisters during this challenge.
6. Change out your kitchen sponges often, and regularly wash your dish towels. The bacteria and smells that can get trapped in them can really just be downright nasty. Again, I’m speaking from experience. No shade, just do it if you don’t want a funky, gross kitchen. Cool? Cool.
7. Clean out your garbage disposal. Sometimes food and gunk can get left behind. Just every now and then run it with some super hot water, a little baking soda and fresh lemon juice.
8. Make it a team effort! If you have children, get them involved. The work will get done much quicker. Load the dishwasher together or one wash, one dry, the other wipes the counters. Whatever works for your family. If you don’t have children, split the job with your boo and make freaky bets on who can do their part the quickest. 😉 I’m just saying, whatever it takes to the job done. Ha!
If you can incorporate just a few, if not all of these into your routine, you will be much happier in your kitchen. You will be excited about going to prepare meals for and with the people you love.
Tomorrow, the Happy Kitchen Project will be back at Designers Collective and I can’t wait to see what they have to share! Be sure to follow the #HappyKitchenProject on social media to keep up with all of the fun.
So Fresh & So Clean,