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For the last couple of years, I’ve been fixated on getting a house. I’ve plastered pictures to my vision board, stalked real estate websites, and even
sat outside of casually drove by a house that I thought would be perfect for my family. I was just so over apartment living–the noisy neighbors, limited parking, and of course, the small spaces, like our tiny kitchen–I was done.
But now, I’m in a better place. I understand that stalking homes that are for sale will not speed up the home buying process and that we need to save, save, save to position ourselves for the best deal. I get that. More importantly, I get that I need to appreciate what I have first. I have an awesome apartment and it includes my tiny kitchen! I need to show appreciation by keeping it nice and clean, don’t you think? Look, there’s very little I can do about the noisy neighbors and their opera dog or the fact that there are 7 spaces for 20 cars, but I can control what I do in my own kitchen.
It’s easier said than done, though.
Folks who have small (or tiny) kitchens can probably attest to the fact that it can be difficult to keep clean. Everything is in such close proximity that it looks cluttered even when it’s not, a flour spill can have flour all over everything, and frying up some food can put yucky oil all over your appliances, cabinets, walls, and counters. Yep, I can attest to this all and if you have a small kitchen, you probably can too. There are ways, though, to keep your small kitchen clean and less cluttered looking. Ways to keep it tidy, if you will.
How to be awesome at keeping your small kitchen clean
Clean as you go. I have had to learn this time and time again. There is nothing to be gained from waiting ’til the end of a cook session to clean. Nothing! It’s overwhelming. What started off as a little flour on the counter has turned into a big mess because now there’s flour on the floor and some has even fell into the utensils drawer! Don’t act like it’s just me. Cleaning as you go not only makes it easier on you in the end, but it keeps small things from becoming big messes.
Take my kitchen cabinets for instance. Since they’re so close to the stove, any splashes of food can easily find its way onto them. Ewww! Can you imagine the bacteria that could live there if I just left it? Not to mention how much of an eye sore it would be…
Pulling out cleaning supplies though, for spill after spill, can be time-consuming. But if you don’t do it right then and there, it’s also easy to forget. On my most recent visit to Walmart (I’m seriously always in Walmart.), I ran across Palmolive® Multi Surface on the dish soap aisle and I think I’ve found the solution to that problem.
The cool thing about Palmolive® Multi Surface is that it can clean dishes and other surfaces…like my icky cabinet doors, or my counters, or the top of my stove. Plus, Palmolive® Multi Surface dish soap kills 99.9% of bacteria. I can seriously make some dish water in the sink and pretty much clean my whole kitchen. Yay for small kitchens and great products with multiple uses! And check out my cabinets.
Make sure that everyone does their part. So..I’m not a maid. I have said on several occasions that I barely have a domestic bone in my body. I depend heavily on my family to pick up their slack. Yes, it’s my job to keep the kitchen clean overall (I traded cleaning the bathroom for the kitchen. 🙂 ), but that does not negate their responsibilities to clean up after themselves and essentially make my job easier. Now, I don’t know if my family is the only one that acts dumbfounded when it’s time to help–like they don’t know what to do–but I made a printable to make it as easy as possible. So…download it and thank me later.
Another way to keep a small kitchen clean is to effectively use the space you have. Since I have very little counter space, I think it’s a good idea for me to utilize my wall space. That’s why I created a wall-mounted dish soap shelf. Now, I’m not constantly knocking the soap down as I clean the dishes, nothing is falling into the sink that I don’t want to be in the sink, and most importantly, I have more space! Check out my DIY dish soap holder!
Right now, if our plan goes as it’s supposed to, we have one more year in our apartment. I’m sure the house we purchase will have a large kitchen since it’s on my “must-have” list, but until then, I’m happy with what we have.
Do you have a small kitchen? Leave a comment below with your tips and tricks for keeping it clean?