I truly do enjoy cooking. My husband likely disagrees with that statement though, since I try my darndest to get out of doing it so often. The key for me is that I HAVE to have a clean kitchen to cook. Here are 5 tips to keep your kitchen sparkly clean so it will be ready for the next time you use it.
If my kitchen is not sparkly clean, you might as well pull out the take out menus because I ain’t cleaning and I ain’t cooking. 😉
Sometimes, however…not cooking is not an option.
We, like everyone else with an income below 1 million dollars a year, are on a budget. Eating out does not always fit into that budget very nicely.
PLUS, we recently moved and we’re now in a situation where we have multiple generations living in one household. I am the main cook, so if the kitchen is a wreck…who do you think is responsible?
My husband might be able to forgive my hatred for scrubbing dirty pots, but my MIL (bless her heart)…well, I bet at some point her head would explode (she’s a VERY neat person).
Therefore, heretofor and everafter and blah blah blah….the kitchen needs to stay clean.
To keep the sanity of the household.
To keep the cook in the kitchen.
To avoid the nasty habit of living like a hermit because you just don’t want to clean the kitchen today, or tomorrow…you’ll do it next week. Promise.
We’ve done a pretty stellar job keeping the kitchen neat and tidy the past few months (well…to our standards at least) and I wanted to pass along these tips to you, in case you are also struggling with I Can’t Cook if the Kitchen is Dirty and I Don’t Want to Clean it-itis.
Be sure to leave YOUR tips in the comments below!
1. Start with a clean kitchen. Duh.
This means an empty dishwasher, an empty sink…clean and clear countertops, etc. The next 4 tips seem to help take care of this, but if breakfast and lunch dishes are piling up in between dinners…find a means to tackle it before you start cooking dinner.
2. Have a “garbage bowl” near by.
Rachel Ray to the rescue! I can’t remember what she calls it (I think just a garbage bowl?), but I can’t be bothered to open the cabinet to the trash for every potato peel and every wrapper. Having a garbage bowl nearby is a necessity to keep my counters clear of trash
3. Make sure you have rags/paper towels and any necessary supplies for cleaning spills on hand.
This means exactly what it says.
4. Enlist help in the kitchen!
I bet you have tiny people in your house who love to please you 😉 . Even if you don’t, everyone should earn their keep. Have your kids help you cook. Have them empty the dishwasher. You are not their servant!
You can pay them in cookie dough!
5. Clean as you go and make sure pots/pans are soaking if necessary before you sit down to eat.
This makes after dinner clean up a breeze. Plus if I’ve cleaned as I’ve cooked, my husband usually offers to finish up the cleaning after dinner. If the mess is too huge, he’s all of a sudden “busy” and needs to “spend time with the kids” or “has to go to the bathroom”.
Bonus: Do as much “before” prep as you can over the weekend or during a time of the week when things are less hectic.
School nights are generally hectic around here. If I can do my veggie prep and measuring on a night/day when things are less crazy, it’s often just a matter of throwing things in a pot/pan and avoiding the mess of cutting boards, peelers and wrappers.
Skim through your recipes for the week and see if there is anything you can do on a less crazy day!
Is your kitchen always neat and tidy? Or are you suffering from a mean case of I Can’t Cook if the Kitchen is Dirty and I Don’t Want to Clean it-itis? Give us your tips or your story in the comment below!