The kitchen is the heart of the home.
The food in my kitchen sustains me; the conversations entertain me, and the mess aggravates me.
I went there.
The mess in the kitchen drives me crazy.
I think I spend half my day in the kitchen.
Serving, cooking, cleaning, wiping, sweeping…
There are so many tasks to be done in the kitchen that systems are truly necessary.
Here are ten kitchen systems from my kitchen that work.
#1 Run your dishwasher frequently.
Depending on the size of your family, you will have to come up with your schedule.
In our home, we run the dishwasher every night after dinner and unload the dishwasher every morning during breakfast.
I have tried this task at all times of the day and found that this system works the best for us.
Multi-tasking in the kitchen is always good. By loading after dinner and unloading during breakfast, I can clean up in one sweep.
#2 Shine your sink every night.
Go to bed with an empty, clean, and possible, even gleaming sink.
It is such a good feeling to wake up to a clean sink.
Put the dirty dishes in the dishwasher, clean the inside of your sink, and notice the difference when you wake up to a clean sink.
It is awesome!
#3 Have chores for kids at each meal time.
In our home, chores are a big deal.
We have three main chore times: meal time, right after breakfast, and late afternoon.
For meal time, each child has a job.
The jobs are dishes, table, and sweep.
I also have one on one cooking time for dinner. In our home when it is your day, you are responsible for helping cook dinner.
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#4 Use your slow cooker or a meal delivery system
A slow cooker or Instant Pot has saved dinner in our home.
You do not need special recipes to cook in an Instant Pot. You can use it for almost any recipe.
I love making chili, stew, spaghetti sauce, chicken, and even boiled eggs in my Instant Pot.
Recently, I discovered the magic of meal delivery systems.
This past week we tried HelloFresh for the first time. The meals blew me away. The meals were so healthy, easy to make, and I loved how I had everything I needed to cook the meal.
I love having a healthy, tasty meal on the table for my family.
#5 Choose one kitchen chore a day
Cleaning the kitchen is the chore I dread.
I would rather clean bathrooms (and that is saying a lot since I live in a home of 5 boys!)
I have found that by doing little jobs throughout the week, my kitchen stays relatively clean.
I do not have a specific schedule for this, but more of an as needed approach. When I notice the stove looking bad, I clean it after lunch.
When I feel lots of crumbs under my feet, I vacuum.
Each week I try to vacuum, mop, wipe down countertops thoroughly, clean appliances, and wipe down the cabinets.
#6 Rethink your kitchen cabinet organization
Pay attention to the flow of your kitchen and routines.
I recently realized that precious cabinet space was being taken up by several appliances and platters that I do not use often.
When I moved this to a hard to reach corner spot, I had more free space for cutting boards and my instant pot that I use often.
#7 Clear those countertops
Hopefully, by rethinking your kitchen cabinet organization, you will be able to keep your countertops clear.
A clear countertop helps me have a clear mind. I have no idea how the two are connected, but they are.
Take an afternoon and find ways to hide or put away items that are living on your kitchen counter.
#8 Stay on top of the clutter
We all know that everyone comes together in the kitchen so naturally, clutter will follow.
In our home, we use contain the clutter baskets. These baskets contain items that are strewn around and driving me crazy.
I also have a toy junk drawer in the kitchen. This drawer is for those little lego pieces and small toy pieces I find over the house.
When someone is looking for a missing piece, the first place to look is this drawer in the kitchen.
#9 Come up with a DIY breakfast station or a breakfast rotation
Breakfast is the most difficult meal for me.
I think it is because at breakfast time I am thinking of all the things that need to get done that day.
Last year I used the DIY breakfast station idea from Not Consumed, and it worked great.
Since we travel a lot, I am going to try a breakfast rotation this year that gives a little more flexibility.
Come up with several simple breakfast ideas and rotate.
Our rotation is GF pancakes, eggs, oatmeal, GF cereal, and smoothies.
We rotate through the breakfast items, so I do not have to think of what to cook.
#10 Use baskets in your pantry
I love using baskets to contain like items in my pantry.
Rather than keeping the bog boxes of items from Costo and Sam’s, I use baskets to hold snacks, cereal, and oatmeal.
Kitchen systems are certainly the way to go when hoping to stay on top of the most used room in the house.
See if any of the systems above will work for your family, and simplify time spent in the kitchen.