Tidy-Up Your Kitchen in 15 Minutes


We stumbled upon a blog, One Good Thing by Jillee, that shared step by step directions for cleaning up your kitchen, and we approve. This is an efficient way to get your kitchen tidy in between bigger DIY or professional cleanings.

  1. Gather all your supplies which includes: trash can, basket, dish soap, towels, sponges, all purpose spray, broom/mop/swiffer/vacuum. Our little nugget to add to this tutorial is to create a cleaning basket/kit (use the basket to gather out of place items) and keep it under your sink for future use.
  2. Fill up your sink with hot soapy water. For a DIY soap recipe click here.
  3. Scrape off all dishes into the compost bin, garbage disposal, or trash can.
  4. Place all your dishes that need soaking into the hot soapy water.
  5. While your dishes soak, gather all the trash on your counters, cupboards, and floors. Focus only on trash for the time being.
  6. Gather all the items that do not belong in the kitchen and place them into a basket. Have someone else that is helping you clean put the items away in their proper places, but do not do this yourself (at least right now).
  7. Put away all the kitchen items that are out of place. Now is the time to put away all the things like spices, utensils, napkins, etc. that belong in the kitchen, but don’t bother organizing/rearranging.
  8. Load the dishwasher or wash the dishes by hand. Obviously it will take a little more time to tidy up if you are doing the dishes by hand, but if your helper is done putting away household items, have them dry while you wash to save time!
  9. Wipe down your countertops, appliances, and sinks using an all purpose spray (like our recipe here)—but remember this isn’t a deep clean so don’t focus on scrubbing out cabinets, the microwave, etc.
  10. Sweep, mop, or vacuum your floors.
  11. Take out the garbage.
  12. Smile and breathe because your kitchen is tidy in just 15 minutes!

What is the average time you spend cleaning your kitchen?


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