10 Tips on How to Have a Clean Kitchen and Dining Room

We try not to leave dirty dishes in the sinks over night because I don’t want to create an environment for creepy crawly critters.

10 Tips on How to Have a Clean Kitchen and Dining Room

Our goal is to have everything in the kitchen and dining room cleaned up and clutter free before we go to bed.

Ending the night with a clean kitchen and dining room makes mornings run much easier in our home. No one likes waking up to prepare their breakfast only to have to wash the dishes need to prepare it before they can get started.

Here are 10 tips on how we maintain a clean kitchen and dining room.

1. I rarely hand wash dishes anymore but when I did I’d do them as much as three times a day. Nowadays, my husband and kids help out a lot in the kitchen and we pack our ultra quiet and super fabulous dishwasher through the day as dishes are used.

We run the dishwasher 2-3 times a day depending on the time of the year. Of course with the kids out of school during the summers there are more dishes to keep clean.

2. During the Summer, the first time I load the dishwasher for the day is after lunch. When the kids are out of school for the Summer there are usually enough dishes in the dishwasher by then to start a full load.

If school is in session, the dishwasher is not loaded until after school snacks have been eaten. This ensure all dishes are clean before I start dinner.

3. During the school year, the first time I load the dishwasher for the day is once after school snacks have been eaten.

My husband and I don’t make enough dishes during the day to run the dishwasher until later in the day so it’s used less often.

3. When preparing dinner, I already know all of the dinner dishes will not fit on the dishwasher so as I’m cooking dinner I set up a sink full of hot water.

While I’m cooking I wash (or have the kids wash) cutting boards, water bottles and food prep bowls.

4. After serving dinner, my youngest son is in charge of wiping the refrigerator doors, counters and the stove. My oldest son is in charge of sweeping the kitchen floor.

Each child must wipe their table spot and then vacuum the floor around their seat.

5. My youngest daughter makes sure the sink is clear of all dishes. Any dishes that couldn’t fit in the dishwasher after dinner are hand washed.

The hand washed dishes are places on a drying rack where they drip dry overnight and I put them away in the morning when I unpack the dishwasher.

6. My daughter then uses two squirts per sink of whatever spray we have and wipes down the sink and faucets.

7. Before we close the kitchen for the night we gather up all sponges and place them in their laundry basket and then turn the dishwasher on.

8. Now my kitchen and dining room is sparkly clean!

9. In the morning we all work together to put away the dishes on the drying rack, and unload the dishwasher.

10. Finally we rinse and repeat the process!!

Here’s my sparkly clean kitchen sink!!

10 Tips on How to Have a Clean Kitchen and Dining Room

Comments

  1. says

    Great tips on keeping things tidy. I have to go through the house and make sure everything is in order before I go to bed. I just can’t sleep knowing I’ll wake up to a mess… and, as you said, having things clean makes mornings run much more smoothly.

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    The Proverbs Wife Reply:

    @Tonya Bangart, worrying about things left undone use to rob me of sleep. I used to wonder how my husband slept so soundly when I was stressing about things I didn’t complete. He shared so many things with me as he patiently helped me get to a point where I could be alright with things not being perfect. I really struggled with that.

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  2. Tabatha says

    It is always difficult to encourage others without sounding like our way is the best way. You provided a good example to those with more ‘traffic’ in their kitchen. With my husband retired and most all of the kids grown (we have 5), having owned a dishwasher and simply being married to one, I’ve experienced every aspect of this discussion.

    There is a wonderful peace that comes from having at least one room in your home that is clean. Not uncluttered, not straight, but really C-L-E-A-N. Whatever method works I encourage all readers to utilize the children of the house (It is our responsibility to teach our children) and Clean as you go along- it is much easier than having to clean on full stomach after dinner.

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    The Proverbs Wife Reply:

    @Tabatha, so much wisdom in what you’ve said. With kids in the home I think we can set ourselves up for failure if we expect for everything to be perfectly neat. I had to change my expectation to keep from being frustrated.

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  3. Beverly says

    I can’t imagine having a dish washer. I have a very tiny kitchen and with 3 adults in the house there are always dishes in the sink. I do try to make sure all dishes are at least washed before I go to bed. WishingIhadadishwasher 🙂

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  4. says

    I can’t imagine having to run a dishwasher 2-3 times a day! There’s only 2 of us, but I only run it once every other day. I’m sure with a larger family you have more to wash though. I also hand wash all pots & pans. It just surprised me to hear you say you run it 2-3 times per day! lol

    Also, I do the same as you – I don’t let stuff sit on the counter or in the sink. Dirty dishes go in the dishwasher right away!

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