Spending time in the kitchen should be productive. It should offer you opportunities to whip up the best dishes to suit your diet, without having to work up a sweat. But if you’re like thousands of other homeowners out there, you can spend your hour trying to get the kitchen back into good condition so you can use it. Kids, partners, pets and previous meals all seem to make their mark.
Cleaning as you go is a great idea so that your kitchen remains in good condition. As soon as you leave anything that will stain, your cleaning efforts have to double to get rid of it later. Most kitchens have two or three worktops. Use one for food preparation, one for dirties, and the third for everything else. This should help contain the mess, and avoid any hygiene issues too.
As you wipe down the surface, food inevitably ends up on the floor. This can leave you susceptible to insect infestations, so you want it cleaned up as soon as possible. If you simply haven’t got time to drag out the vacuum, why not invest in a robot vacuum? Some models have mop attachments and UV lights to ensure your floors are super hygienic.
There are two kinds of kitchen owners. One likes the minimalist look. Everything is put away neatly in cupboards, so nothing is left out on the worktops. The other is the cook that loves to have everything to hand. They’ll have their best cookware sets hanging above the island, and their favorite cooking utensils in a dispenser on the worktop. Knives are in the block, and the chopping boards are already laid out.
I think both options work really well for those who love to cook or bake, and I can see the appeal of each too. When everything has its place, it’s easier to clean and keep tidy, whether it’s all close to hand or in a drawer. I use the dishwasher in the same way. The clean stuff comes out, so it’s empty every morning. Then I can just rinse off and pop things in until the last meal of the day. All the dirties are out of sight, and everything has its place.
I have collected a huge number of recipes over the years, especially sugar-free ones. I have more than a dozen books when you count all the drinks and cocktail recipes too. Little recipe book stands are so handy. So is a laminator for those recipes you print out. It stops the paper getting crumpled and mucky. I love using my iPad for recipes too, and it fits perfectly on the book stand. However, you might want to invest in a tough case that can be wiped clean and protect the screen fully!
I love being in the kitchen whipping up something delicious. But I’m not too keen on the cleaning. And if someone else has been in there before me, I hate doing it even more! Still, I can lead by example, and hopefully the kitchen will be user-friendly every day.