How To Clean Your Kitchen Before Christmas
Do you want to know how to clean your kitchen before Christmas?
Without rushing and doing it all in one sitting, but spreading it out over different times according to your schedule?
It’s possible and it isn’t as difficult as you might think, planning is the key.
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Plan To Clean Your Kitchen
What you don’t want to do is panic, this never gets you anywhere.
There is still time to clean your kitchen before Christmas, you’ve got this.
I like the slow and steady approach, it often means that I actually get more done, than if I rush and end up starting three tasks and getting none of them completed.
A plan isso important it will help you decide what time you have available to clean.
Having a list of tasks helps you get those tasks completed rather than just staring around your kitchen, not sure what to do first.
How To Plan To Clean Your Kitchen
Write down all the areas that you want to clean and what you need to clean them.
- Clean oven
- Clean window
- Empty and clean fridge
- Scrub the counter tops
- Clean the floor
- Wipe down cupboard doors
Then come up with the list of cleaning products you need to get the tasks done.
Something like this:
- Oven cleaner
- Window cleaning cloths
- Floor cleaner
- Anti-bacterial cleaner
- Microfiber cloths
- Vacuum cleaner
- Grease cleaning product
Work out what tasks are the most important, be realistic with the time you have available.
This helps you to focus on the most important areas that you want to tackle and it gives you permission to let some things go if you haven’t got the time to tackle them.
Choosing Your Cleaning Products
Having products that you like is important, there are so many different types of products that claim to do the same thing.
If you are looking for products that aren’t tested on animals make sure it has the leaping bunny mark, or your countries equivalent.
Are you looking for more natural products?
Less chemicals and less fragrance in a product?
The product you choose you have to feel confident using, if it doesn’t do the job you want next time try a differnt product.
How To Organize Your Kitchen Cleaning
Create time in your schedule where you can fit in short cleaning sessions.
I dislike cleaning for more than half an hour at a time, I get bored and easily distracted, and this often means the task goes unfinished or I rush and I miss the details.
I like to schedule cleaning time into my day but in half-hour sessions maximum, if I’m honest 10 – 15 minutes is often all I manage.
Procrastination is a killer of even the best plans, if you let it into your life it will not stop until it has destroyed everything you want to do.
But, how do you tackle it? You have to start, once you get past that starting point it does become easier.
You might find that for you, five minutes is all you need to help you get started, if you don’t feel like continuing after that initial 5 minutes at least you’ve started and that’s something to be proud of.
Operation: Kitchen Deep Cleaning
What you need to clean in your kitchen will depend on the items that you have and the time you have available.
This is why it is important to plan and to mark down the priorities, it helps you focus on what you want to achieve.
My list will contain these items, but your list is different and that doesn’t matter, after all, you are cleaning your kitchen and not mine! (You can do mine too if you want!)
I then use my list to plan what I need to do and the time I have available to tackle the task.
- Clean the oven, I break down into three different sections and I know that each section won’t take me the full half an hour to complete and that is OK I like finishing before my time limit, it makes me feel good. I have a great post on How To Get A Ceramic Hob Clean, it tells you how I clean my hob, I also have one for cleaning the oven too.
- Deep clean the cupboards, this I will break down into about 4 different sections as I find this the most boring of tasks. I take everything out of one cupboard at a time clean it and then put it back.
- Clean the fridge, this can’t be cleaned enough.
- Clean the top of the fridge, this I hate because I have to use steps to reach and it annoys me the most, but it quickly becomes dusty.
- Clean the light fitment, this gets dirty a lot, but that is because of the greasy environment. Be careful when you clean light fitments, follow the manufacturer’s guidelines on the best cleaning option. I wipe down the bulbs too, they can quickly get covered in dust and grease, it reduces the light they can produce.
- Deep clean the floor, I want to get down and scrub the floor. This I know will take longer than half an hour, but it is my favourite cleaning task so I really don’t mind this one.
- Wipe down the walls and tiles. It will surprise you how much dirt and dust can accumulate on walls. Don’t forget the door frames too!
I take this list and I break it down into my day planner, spreading these jobs out until the big day.
If it’s in the diary treat it like any other appointment and make sure you do it.
Consider these 3 main points:
- Plan what you want to do
- Create the time in your day to do the tasks
- Follow the plan
This will allow you to get all of your kitchen cleaned before the holiday begins.