The New Mum’s 5-Minute Kitchen Cleaning Routine: Step-By-Step

My husband and I had our first baby a few months ago, and now more than ever I’m finding it crucial to get things done efficiently around the house. When the kiddo goes down for a nap, it’s a frenzy of work emails, DIY projects and household chores—I never knew I could fold the washing so fast.

Recently, I got my kitchen cleaning routine down to a science and figured out how to get it sparkling in about five minutes (no joke—I timed myself today). I’ve started doing this little five-minute routine daily, and it has worked wonders to eliminate the epic cleaning sessions that sneak up on me when I ignore the kitchen for days on end. Here’s how to make your kitchen sparkle too!

Step 1: Start by just putting away clutter.

Our kitchen is the first room in our house, so sometimes it becomes a depository for all kinds of junk—shopping bags, receipts, sunglasses and on and on. Not to mention the dirty dishes that tend to hang out on the counter and in the sink. Take about two minutes and put all that stuff away!

Step 2: Next, wipe down all your surfaces.

Just leave your bottle of multipurpose spray on your counter, grab a rag or a paper towel and clean away! Wipe down your counter tops, table, and appliances. If you use a multipurpose that’s food-safe too, you can give the same treatment to any dishes or utensils that need washing. (Especially handy if you’re cooking and cleaning as you go!)

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Step 3: Use your final minute to add a little touch that’ll make your kitchen look clean, homey and inviting.

Put some flowers out or shine up a bowl of fruit and set it on the counter.

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The end! You’ve got a fresh, spotless kitchen and hopefully a whole bunch of extra time to put your feet up and relax. (And by put your feet up and relax, I mean tackle that laundry or change all the light bulbs…) Now, on to the bathroom!

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Try these ways to keep on top of the housework too: