One of the best habits we've adopted in our adult lives is to clean our kitchens before going to bed for the night. There's just something about cleaning up from the day, going to bed, and then waking up and walking into a clean kitchen in the morning that sets your day off on the right foot! Little did we know, this concept has a whole following on Instagram, with over 7,000 posts added to the hashtag #cleankitchenatnight. With all of the mandatory shelter in place orders due to COVID-19, this is a great opportunity to start this new habit! Below, we're sharing some of the things we do to clean up our kitchens at night. Enjoy!
1. Put leftovers away
The first thing we do when cleaning our kitchens at night is to put away any leftovers from dinner. Packing up our leftover dinner, not only allows for fast and easy meals tomorrow, but it also saves you money! I can't tell you how much money our families have saved over the years by taking some of last night's dinner to work with us for lunch the next day.
2. Do the dishes
Although it's tempting to put the dirty dishes in the sink and leave them for the next day (we've all been there), we shouldn't. When food gets left out overnight, bacteria starts to grow on the food, the food dries and sticks to the dishes, and you wake up and walk into a smelly kitchen in the morning - gross. It's totally worth the extra 10 minutes to wash up the dishes and put them away that night. We also like to take a quick second to rinse out our sinks to wash away any crumbs that might have been left over from doing the dishes.
If you have a dishwasher, that's even better! Load everything in and set the delay start so it will run while you're asleep. In the morning, everything will be clean and ready to go. Woohoo!
3. Wipe down surfaces
Now that all of your left over food is put away and your dishes are done, it's time to wipe down your stove and countertops! With a cleaning solution and cloth, wipe down your surfaces. We opt for using washcloths or hand towels to clean around our home instead of paper towels because they're less wasteful and better for the environment. Agnes uses her own homemade mixture of white vinegar, water, tea tree oil, and grapefruit essential oil to remove any dirt or spilled food. If you don't feel like making your own cleaning solution, Timber highly recommends Better Life products.
4. Prep for the morning
Set up for your morning routine, whatever that looks like to you and your family. For Agnes, it means putting out lunch boxes, coffee mugs, and setting up the coffee machine so it's ready for that quick brew in the AM. For Timber it means getting everything she'll need for tomorrow packed into her bag and put by the front door.
5. Clean the floors
There are few things in this world worse than the feeling of having crumbs stick to the bottom of your bare feet haha. Do a quick sweep to get any crumbs or tiny pet hair tumbleweeds that have accumulated throughout the day.
Now that the kitchen is clean and done, you're ready to enjoy the rest of your evening, start your bedtime routine, and have a good night of sleep. Your future self will thank you when you get to enjoy your nice, clean kitchen in the morning.
If cleaning your kitchen at night proves to be more difficult than you think (can't find any matching tupperware for your leftovers, have trouble putting away your clean dishes because your cabinets are overflowing, etc), it sounds like your organizational systems could use some updating. Luckily, you've come to the right place for organizing help! We've got your back.
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