There are many simple tasks that, if made routine, can help maintain the cleanliness and order of the home. Here’s one that immediately comes to mind:
While preparing a meal, try to take advantage of free moments to catch up on washing dishes. Granted, there will be those times when, by the time the meal is ready, the kitchen is full of dirty dishes.
Clean the kitchen after EVERY meal.
- Deal with the dishes (hand wash them, empty the dishwasher, and refill the dishwasher. Run it, if it’s time.)
- Put away any small appliances (blenders, mixers, etc.) – after wiping them down, if needed.
- Put away any ingredients and tools that may still be on the work spaces.
- Wipe down the countertops. I do this after every time I wash the dishes, as a habit. I highly recommend it!
This doesn’t have to take long, usually. Sometimes it only takes a few minutes! And it is SO worth it. Always expecting your kitchen to be full of dirty dishes and very little free counter space is not necessary or pleasant.
Give it a try!
What are some habits and routines that help you maintain order?