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

The Anatomy of a Clutter Free Nightstand

One thing I don’t like is clutter especially on my bedside table. If no other area in the house is clutter free when I go to bed, I especially like to make sure my nightstand is.

Clutter Free Night Stand

I have a pretty big nightstand table simply because it serves several purposes.

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1. Inspiration

I keep some sort of framed photo on my nightstand whether art work or family photos. Waking up and seeing images that make me feel inspired is very important to cultivating joy in my day. I like to surround myself with things that make me happy.

2. Hydration

I try my best to drink a lot of water each day and find the easiest way to do it is by starting each day by drinking water. I also keep this bottle near my bed because I wake up thirsty. I try to drink the entire bottle every day.

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3. Communication

My cell phone is always nearby. If I’m not on the phone with my husband, I’m on the phone with my oldest daughter or son. I also use my phone every morning to read my Bible while it’s still dark and organize my day.

4. Organization

I have a great system for organizing my jewelry but since we have bi-fold closet doors, I have to unhinge the door to access it. That’s a hassle at night so I store my jewelry in this egg sorter and just put everything away at the end of each week.

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5. Tray

This tray helps me limit the number of things I keep on my nightstand. Usually it hold the remote to my fan and my eyeglasses.

6. Writing Tools

I am often jotting down stuff, making lists, clipping coupons or balancing my checkbook while in bed so I like to keep pens, pencils and scissors nearby.

DIY Confetti Face Wipes Dispenser

7. Face Wipes

I keep wet wipes near my bed because I like to remove my makeup before washing my face. Having the wipes on my table makes it easy to take off any foundation, eyeliner and mascara before starting my nighttime routine.

DIY Recycled Cork Cabinet Door Noise Dampers

For the last few weeks I’ve been working on improving the functionality of my kitchen. Since I’m a stay at home wife and mom this is where I spend most of my day and where I work.

Having an organized work and living space makes our daily activities run much more smoother.  I keep my kitchen clean and tidy using this method and what I like most about it is that it only takes 10 minutes at a time to do.

However, keeping things clean and tidy is only half of the equation. The other half is keeping things in working order. One of the things that hasn’t been in working order for a while now are my kitchen cabinet bumpers.

My cabinets used to have tiny clear bumpers but over time glue adhering them to the doors has worn away, leaving nothing to reduce the noise of slamming cabinets.

Instead of buying new bumpers I decided to improvise using some material I already had on hand. Here’s how I did it.

Cork Cabinet Door Noise Damper

What You’ll Need:

Step 1 – Sliced the cork into thin slices.

Step 2 – Locate the smallest gap either at the top or bottom of your cabinet door.

small gap (above)

large gap (above)

Choosing the area with the smallest gap ensures a snug fit.

The snugger the fit the greater the noise reduction. This also prevents having to cut exact sized cork slivers. 😀

Step 3 – Apply hot glue.

Step 4 – Repeat for remaining cabinet.

Now that the bumpers are fixed I can focus on improving the inside of the cabinets which I did using dollar store containers. Take a look at this simple project that can help you organize your kitchen cabinets for under $7.

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