Let's go over some tips for a 10-15 minute Kitchen Speed-Clean to get you on the right path...
- Start with a clean sink.
2. Clear off the table & countertops.
If your table & countertops are free of dishes and clutter, you're well on your way! Take any clutter and put it in its proper place, put bills and mail in the office, or designated spot. and clear all dirty dishes. Wipe down the table, and add clean placemats, or a fresh tablecloth. Remember, less is more when it comes to what is on your countertops.
3. Store any food or leftovers.
Put away pantry items, and put refrigerator foods away. Make sure leftovers are stored properly for safe storage. When you put the foods away, look for anything in the fridge that needs to be tossed.
4. Look for strays.
Take a look around and check for any items that don't belong in the kitchen. Use a laundry basket to collect the items, then take them and put the in their respective places right away. It doesn't help to move items from one out of place location to another "wrong" spot!
5. Make a garbage run.
Be sure the garbage cans are emptied. This eliminates any foul odors. Be sure the outside of your waste-can gets a wipe down with anti-bacterial spray.
Give the floors a good general sweeping, and then a quick run over with your mop or Swiffer. (I use my Swiffer Wet Jet for these quick clean-ups, and a Shark Steam Vac for a thorough cleaning.) Remember you're not deep cleaning or sanitizing your floors right now, just making sure that they are "clean" as for anyone can tell from glancing.
7. Don't get distracted.
This one can be hard for me sometimes. I can intend to do a 10-15 minute speed-clean, and next thing I know I'm cleaning out the plastic wear, or alphabetizing soup cans! Stay focused, and if need be, follow a check list. It really can help!
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