I’m willing to bet it took more than one day for your kitchen to look the way it does so it will take more than one day to get it organised. Be patient and attack different tasks one by one. You’ll find that as each task is done, you’ll be motivated to do another and another. And then, when they’re all done, you’ll not want to mess it up. So get motivated and get organised! Oh happy day!
- Unload your dishwasher. If your dishwasher is full of clean dishes, you won’t have a place to put your dirty dishes as you clean up. If you don’t have a dishwasher, take a look at your sink. If you’ve got clean dishes in your dish rack, put them away now. Then move your dish rack to the counter and put an empty dishpan under the sink. You’ll see why as we keep going.
- Take a look at your countertops. Are they piled high with papers, dirty dishes and appliances – some that you haven’t used in weeks or months? Let’s clear one countertop at a time, starting with the smallest. Put everything on a surface, such as a table, for sorting. For example, put dirty dishes in the dishwasher or dishpan under your sink, junk mail in the rubbish bin, accounts in the study and miscellaneous things in separate piles to be schlepped later to the places where they belong. Then take a cleaner of your choice (I love disinfecting wipes but you could use a spray cleaner, a bleach cleaner, or simple window cleaner and a rag) and start wiping from back to front. Sweep the crumbs into the rubbish bin. Now put only the necessities back on the counter. If you need space for a coffee maker or other small appliance, you now have it!
- Repeat the process with each counter
- Take the miscellaneous things you sorted into separate piles to where they belong
- Wash and put away the dirty dishes