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I love having an open floor plan. I enjoy being able to chat with my family or friends while I prepare dinner or do the dishes. Since I spend a lot of time there, I appreciate that I don’t feel disconnected from the rest of the house. On the downside, it’s the first room in the house that people see when they walk in; they’re either impressed by it or horrified by how dirty it is. I’m sharing a few helpful cleaning tips for an open floor-plan kitchen and a peek inside my own home.
I panic any time I receive an unexpected knock on the door. I hate the sense of anxiety I get when someone walks into my house and it’s dirty. A few dishes in the sink might be expected, but cluttered and dirty countertops aren’t acceptable. There is absolutely no hiding a dirty kitchen in my home. When people enter, it’s the first room they pass through on their way to our main living space and dining room. We live on a working farm; dirt and germs are everywhere. Our kitchen countertops are a catch-all. In an effort to keep my house ready for visitors, I scoured the internet looking for advice to help it look clean and tidy; here is what I learned through research and practice.
Helpful tips to keep your open kitchen (or any kitchen) clean:
- Organize. Organize silverware drawers, cooking utensils, pantry, dishes, and refrigerator to make it easier to put things away and find. I put all of my most used utensils in the crock next to the stove, and the rest went in the drawer underneath. I got rid of any dinnerware or glasses that weren’t in regular use. I stored the small appliances that weren’t used at least once a week.
- Consolidate. Consolidate items and store them or throw them away. This includes cleaning supplies. There is no need to have 3 different bottles of dish soap, countertop cleaner, or glass cleaner in your home. I personally prefer using multi-purpose cleaners so that I use less storage space. My most recent find is the new Palmolive® Multi-Surface dish soap. It can clean dishes and other kitchen surfaces. Palmolive® Multi Surface eliminates 99.9% of bacteria (*staphylococcus aureus, Salmonella enterica and E. coli ((157:H7)) from dishes and hard non porous kitchen surfaces. I can wash my dishes, clean my countertops, and wipe down my cabinets with the same dish soap, knowing it’s helping to keep me and my family healthy.
- Relocate: If a small appliance hasn’t been used in an extended period of time, relocate it to a pantry or storage closet. I stored the small appliances that weren’t used at least once a week, like the blender and waffle iron. You should also do this for bowls, baking pans, and other items which might be crowding your cabinets. It’s hard to clean countertops if you can’t easily and quickly put things away. Who wants to open a cabinet and have items fall out on the floor?
- Help: Enlist a little help to keep your kitchen clean. Children can help clear the dinner table, restock snack/drink shelves in the refrigerator, wipe down lower cabinets, and help with the dishes. My five year old helps me organize/sort canned goods and spices. And he’s very attentive to the shelf where his juice boxes are kept in the refrigerator.
I found Palmolive® Multi-Surface in the household cleaning supplies aisle at my local Walmart.
What do you think of my kitchen? Do you have any kitchen cleaning or organization tips that you think I should add?