The Joy of Kitchen Cleaning
Kitchen cleaning, approached with the right attitude, can be downright fun. Yes, truly! With a little know-how & a strategic approach, your sinks & countertops can be sparkling quickly, efficiently, and relatively painlessly.
Here are some reasons we enjoy cleaning the kitchen:
😎 It’s more pleasant to work in a clean & tidy workspace
💪 Cleaning gets the body moving & blood flowing
🦠 Removes gunk, shmutz, food leftovers, bacteria, etc.
🧘 Can feel cathartic & help the mind decompress
🎧 Gives an excuse to listen to an audiobook or podcast
⭐️ Leads to a feeling of accomplishment
📝 Notes, Tips, Tricks:
The kitchen is both a warehouse & battlefield - and thus requires operational tactics unique to its needs
As a warehouse, it requires a system of organization. Items should ideally be grouped by type & stored near their place of use.
As a battlefield, having a plan of attack is critical. Disorganization leads to repetition and wasted time.
Kitchen cleaning is never really “done,” which makes it an excellent metaphor for life. Do your best, get it to an acceptable level of sanitation, & move on! 😎
Many cleaning products are toxic. Save harsh chemicals for serious messes & stains & check labels for details if you are in doubt.
A clean kitchen (and home) is scentless. The only smells should be food cooking or fresh flowers.
If you smell chemicals (e.g., bleach), air out the room.
Listen to your intuition. Let smell, sight & feel be your guide. If a surface feels grimy or smells stinky, it probably needs some TLC
Keep the kitchen as sparse & organized as possible. If you know where items are, rummaging should take < 10 seconds.
Store most frequently used items in the most accessible places (e.g., eye level)
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