3 Secrets of People with Flawlessly Clean Kitchens

published Mar 27, 2018
We independently select these products—if you buy from one of our links, we may earn a commission. All prices were accurate at the time of publishing.
Post Image
(Image credit: Marisa Vitale)

You know the type of person we’re talking about. It doesn’t matter if you’re at their home for a party or just dropping by for an unannounced visit — their kitchens are always impeccably clean (and seemingly effortlessly). What do they know that you don’t? These three things.

1. It’s easier to keep a kitchen clean continuously than trying to clean it once it’s gone off the rails.

What sounds more overwhelming: giving your countertops a quick swipe after cooking a meal, or trying to wipe up after a week’s worth of cooked meals? It might feel like no big deal to leave those dishes for tomorrow, but too many I’ll-do-it-laters and you find yourself with a kitchen that feels too stressful to tackle.

Doing the small things throughout the day and week — putting things back up when you’re done with them, cleaning up as you go — takes up less time overall and feels much more manageable. This, plus keeping to a regular cleaning schedule, will leave you with a company-ready, clean kitchen that you can enjoy more often.

(Image credit: Lana Kenney)

2. They know more stuff means more to clean.

In the very literal sense, more stuff in your kitchen means more things to clean. More things cluttering your countertops, the more things collecting dust and greasy kitchen grime. The more knickknacks on your shelves, the more things you’ve got to move just to swipe. Even the more furniture you have in the dining room means the more shoving, pushing, and moving out of the way you’ve got to do to get a thorough cleaning job done.

You don’t have to live in an empty home to keep it flawlessly clean all the time, but if you’re having trouble keeping things clean regularly, you might want to examine what you can live without and whether there’s anything you can remove to make cleaning regularly easier.

3. They know how to fake it better than you do.

These people know that even the best of us have weeks (sometimes months) where it’s difficult to deep clean everything, every time. But folks who have kitchens that always seem clean pull off the appearance of cleanliness sometimes by simply knowing the best places to give their limited time and energy to so the whole home feels cleaner (even if not every square inch has recently been scrubbed).

This post originally ran on Apartment Therapy. See it there: 3 Secrets of People with Flawlessly Clean Houses