Does a sink full of dirty dishes make you groan most every morning?
Are those pesky ants of summer finding plenty of crumbs to carry home on your kitchen floors and counters?
Do you remember the days of clean counters with feelings of nostalgia?
I don’t know about you, but when my kitchen is a mess, I can’t even think about starting the next meal. I get stressed out and irritated when I can’t find a place to set a bag of groceries, or when there are somewhere around 101 half-full glasses of water with no owners to be found dotting nearly every square inch of counter space. I may have been exaggerating, slightly, with that last one, but some days that is sure what it feels like. Know what I mean?
Lately, I’ve been slacking in my kitchen clean-up, and letting my big kids, who know better, slack in the kitchen clean-up helping, and between the 11 people that live in this house, well, you can imagine the state of my kitchen without an intentional effort to stay on top of things. (Maybe it’s better if you don’t.)
And so, I bring you my –
August Homemaking Challenge – A Clean Kitchen Every Night!
There is strength in numbers, so I’m going public, and asking anyone and everyone who will listen to join me.
New habits, at least the good ones, can be hard to make. Know what I mean?
And sometimes a little peer pressure can be a good thing, right?
So, I am challenging myself, and my main kitchen helper, to make sure that our kitchen is clean, every night, for the month of August. Ideally, I would love to form a long-term habit of forever and always waking to a fresh and clean kitchen, but for now, I’m concentrating on one entire month.
And I’m challenging you to join me!
The basic checklist-
- Wash the dishes, all of them. Nothing left stacked in the sink!
- Wash and wipe down inside and around the sink.
- Wipe down that stovetop!
- Clear the counters of anything that doesn’t need to be there.
- Store those seldom used appliances that take up precious counter space.
- Wipe down the counters.
- Tidy up the top of the refrigerator (clear it if you can), and wipe down as necessary.
- Sweep & mop, or at least spot clean the floor.
- Set out fresh washcloth and hand towel for tomorrow.
If you have a helper, or two, or three, or more, like I do, by all means enlist their help! Make it a cooperative effort. Work together! Assign tasks. Create a cute chore chart to hang on the fridge. Play your favorite music in the kitchen during clean-up times. Set a timer and try to beat it. Try to get them excited about the challenge, and I can almost guarantee that you’ll be pleasantly surprised at how willing they are to pitch in!
If you’d like to join in, comment and let me know!
If you already rock the nightly clean kitchen, show some love to the rest of us, and comment with your best tip for getting the job done!
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