While I was checking my Yahoo mail I saw this article, The ultimate time-saving kitchen. I thought that it had some good tips but also some that might not work for everyone. They suggest a robotic vacuum, which I would love to give a try but I don’t have the $ for it…so for now our dog will clean up the crumbs that drop!
Here are some of my tips:
1. Plan Ahead! If you have a menu in mind then you won’t waste time staring in the fridge thinking about…”what should we eat for dinner.”
2. Do the prep work ahead of time. If you know that you are having peppers in tonight’s dinner and tomorrow’s then cut them all at the same time. When I’m making Tacos I like to cook a double batch of meat, then later the week we’ll have taco soup, taquitos or salads.
3. Everyone who eats helps clean! Simple as that. Even my 2 year-old helps unload the dishwasher!
4. It’s ok to use paper plates very now and then. I admit that I don’t like using them because I think it’s a waste, but if I know we have 3 sports practices and a game to go to that night…the paper plates win!
5. Use the slow cooker…it is your friend. I’m amazing by my mother-in-law and her time saving skills in the kitchen. She’ll have dinner in the crock pot before she goes to work. And for easy clean up, use a liner. I’ve just started using these and they are blessing for the heavens!
My number one tip is…The dishes will still be there in the morning. Sometimes I have to take a step back and breathe. I realize I spent too much time nagging at my kids to clean up. Some nights instead of making sure the kitchen is spotless I play a game with them. The dishes soak and I take care of them in the morning. My house is not spotless, but that’s ok.
Here are some tips from the article I mention earlier that got me thinking. Please feel free to share your comments and tips below!
Choose a speedy dishwasher. The downside of more water- and energy-efficient machines is a cycle time that can approach 3 hours. Some models are quicker, such as the $700 Bosch Ascenta SHX3AR7UC, which took a relatively brisk 95 minutes in our tests; a 30-minute cycle works for lighter loads.
Skip the prerinsing. Most modern dishwashers don’t need it. You’ll save time, and you could reduce your household’s annual water consumption by up to 6,500 gallons.
Let all-purpose cleaners settle in. Manufacturers of those products often make “spray and wipe” claims. But based on our tests, letting them sit for a few minutes results in better cleaning power, which could save you time in the long run. Our top-rated spray cleaner was Seventh Generation Natural All Purpose Cleaner.
Clean smoothtops quickly. Cleanup is easy with smoothtop cooktops. But food that contains sugar, such as tomato sauce, can bond with the glass if you let it cool. For routine care, use a cleaner made especially for smoothtops. Cerama Bryte and Cooktop Magic combined value and performance in our tests.
Consider a robotic vacuum. They can’t deliver the deep carpet cleaning of a regular vacuum, but they’re perfect for collecting cereal, crumbs, and other surface debris from the kitchen floor. Tops in our tests was theRoomba 760, $450 (shown).
Clean as you go. Put ingredients away once you’re finished with them—or enlist someone else to do so, including a child who’s old enough. Keep a bowl or receptacle on your work surface for food scraps, preferably running them out to a compost heap once meal prep is complete.
Time refrigerator cleanings. Wait until it’s almost empty, then push any remaining items to one side. Clean shelves with a sponge and a solution of dish detergent and warm water. Rotate the items and repeat until the entire refrigerator is clean.