Good morning friends! Did you have a good weekend?! I kicked mine off by chopping off a few more inches off my hair, which feels so good! I guess something about Summer made me want a to go shorter! It’s soooo hot and humid here! Which is why I mostly wear my hair up. Speaking of, I have a Summer hair tutorial coming up for you tomorrow – think messy buns and voluminous pony tails!
With summer here, most of our daily routines have gone out the window. My Type-A personality is freaking out without the structure of the school year, but I’m doing my best to go with the flow! The kids are going to bed way later and waking up later and lounging around and loving it!
One thing that keeps me sane in the midst of our summer chaos has been my nightly kitchen cleaning routine. I’m hearing myself say this in my head right now, and realize I must sound like I’m so much fun! ha! But it’s true! I got into this habit at the beginning of this year and have barely missed a night since I started it! I absolutely LOVE waking up to a clean kitchen and I can immediately start my day without feeling like the first thing I need to do is clean the kitchen. Having the kitchen all clean in the morning has also helped me keep it clean throughout the day and while I’m cooking. #bonus
NIGHTLY KITCHEN CLEANING ROUTINE
Every night after dinner all of the dirty dishes are put into the dishwasher, the sinks and counters are wiped completely clean, and the floor is vacuumed. Before this routine, I ‘kind of’ cleaned the kitchen, but I wasn’t religious about it. There’d be days when some of the dishes were still in the sink or the counters weren’t completely clean and I definitely didn’t always vacuum the floors.
PUT LEFTOVERS INTO FRIDGE
I usually do this cleaning routine right after dinner. After we eat, any leftovers are put into containers into the fridge. This goes for what we didn’t finish from our plates and the leftovers from cooking. Jordan and I definitely eat leftovers, so barely anything goes to waste over here.
PUT DISHES IN DISHWASHER
Next, I load the dishwasher, and my son knows to clear his place and his little sister’s and put their dishes into the dishwasher.
I hand wash big pots and pans and let them dry on a dishtowel on the counter while I continue cleaning. But, before I leave the kitchen, I make sure to dry them and put them away.
If the dishwasher is full, I go ahead and run it, if not, I’ll wait until it’s full to run it. If I’m still awake when the dishwasher is finished washing, I’ll also put the dishes away before bed. My son has started helping with this too.
WIPE COUNTERS CLEAN
I make sure to wipe all the counters down, even the stove top and give a quick wipe to things like the toaster oven and canisters that hold our utensils. I’ll also clean off the counter area where all.the.things tend to accumulate, which generally means putting toys in the living room baskets, and the rest into the stair bins to be taken upstairs.
I also scrub the sink until it shines! Something about that finishing touch in the kitchen feels extra good! We have a farmhouse sink, so getting it all shiny clean makes it look so pretty!
VACUUM THE FLOORS
For the floors, my cordless Dyson stick vacuum has definitely come in super handy for this! Before I got it, I used to have to lug out the big vacuum and it’s such a pain stepping over the cord or having to unplug/replug when you’ve run out of cord length.
I was sharing on Stories how dirty our floors get, especially the areas around the kitchen counters where James and Jordan eat. I swear, does any food actually make it into their mouths?? Some days, I wonder! When I showed you guys how I was pulling out my big plug in vaccuum, I got flooded with DMs saying I needed the cordless Dyson stick vacuum. You guys are a smart bunch and I love that about you!
I got mine last year and have used it every singe day since! Sometimes more than once a day!
The vacuum is battery operated and you charge it by plugging it in. The battery lasts up to 40 minutes per use, and I’ve never had it die while I was using it. You do have to hold the button down the whole time you’re using it, but it’s not hard. My son easily uses it too. He actually likes it!
I have to get outside the kitchen to vacuum the kids mess, so I’ll usually do a quick sweep of the whole downstairs.
I save the stairs for about once I week, but I wanted to show you how easy it is to vacuum the stairs without having a cord dragging behind you.
It’s also super easy to convert the stick vac to a handheld vacuum to get in between the rails or for vacuuming the couch!
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It’s such a good feeling to walk into an absolutely clean kitchen each morning. It makes me feel like I’m ahead of the game instead of running behind!
Do you clean your kitchen every night?! If so, what does your routine look like?
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