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6 Steps to Tidying Up Your Kitchen Before Bed

Good Friday morning, Moppers. It’s been a minute since we spoke to you because we were out last week due to a nasty stomach virus…but we’re back! Hopefully you’ve been doing a lot better than we have these past couple of weeks.

One thing we managed to stay on top of while being sick was keeping up with some of our daily cleaning routines, and let me tell you, it helped a whole lot in the sense that when we were feeling better there wasn’t as much to catch up on. One area in particular that was a total blessing to stay on top of was the kitchen, and thanks to our habits we managed to keep it clean the entire time we were sick.

How did we do that? It’s easy, and by following a few handy steps to tidy it up at night before bed, you can always have a clean kitchen, too.

Step 1: Table/Dishes

The first thing you want to do at night to help keep your kitchen clean is take care of any lingering dishes that might be hanging around on the table. Put them in the sink, and then proceed to wash any dishes that you can by hand, or rinse those that can be put in the dishwasher.

Step 2: Dishwasher (Optional)

If you have a dishwasher, load it with the dishes that you collected from the table, and run it before bed so that you can wake up to clean dishes. Of course if you don’t have a dishwasher you can totally skip this step, and just wash/rinse everything by hand.

Step 3: Wipe Down Counters

Grab your preferred cleaning spray, and wipe down the countertops. This will help keep them nice and tidy, and prevent any nasty bits or crumbs from hanging around, thus helping to prevent food borne illnesses.

Step 4: Don’t Forget the Stove

After you’ve finished wiping down your countertops, give your stove a quick scan and see if it needs a quick wipe down as well. Sometimes it’s hard to see the forest through the trees when we’re cooking, so now is a good time to check and make sure there aren’t any nasty bits hanging around on there.

Step 5: Scrub the Sink

One of our favorite things to do before bed is scrub the kitchen sink at night with a mixture of baking soda, soap, and water. This ensures that when we wake up in the morning it will be sparkling clean, and free of any food bits, or dishes from the previous night. Plus, like wiping down the counters, it helps to prevent germs and bacteria from hanging around too long, which is always a good thing.

Step 6: Everything Else

Now that you’ve taken care of all the major areas, take a step back and give your kitchen the once over. Are there any crumbs on the floor that need to be swept up? Now’s the time to do it. Is the coffee pot clean and ready to go in the morning? Make sure that’s done. Do your dish towels need swapping out? Do it!

These steps are easy to complete, and take no time at all. Fifteen minutes, tops, depending on how messy you are.

Plus, not only does keeping up with this nightly routine help keep your kitchen clean all the time, but it’s so refreshing waking up in the morning and facing the day with a kitchen that’s spotless. It makes cooking in it fun, and entertaining friends much less stressful.

So give it a shot, make it a habit, and see how much better you feel about your kitchen, and yourself.

That’s all for today, Moppers. Have a great weekend, and we’ll chat with you again next week. Until then, stay safe…and stay clean!

What Cleaning Tasks to Give Your Kids Depending on Their Age

Good Friday morning, Moppers! Another week is almost in the books, and if yours has been anything like ours, we’re sure you’re looking forward to the weekend just as much as we are.

But alas, we still have a few hours to get through before that happens, so let’s talk about cleaning, okay?

As adults, we know that things need to be kept clean in order to live a happy, productive life. It’s something we learn either growing up, or face the harsh truth of when we leave the nest and go it on our own.

What about our children, though? When is it the proper time to start showing them the in’s and out’s of basic chores, because let’s face it, getting your kids to help you clean can feel like a chore in itself, right?

Luckily we’re here today with a basic guide to cleaning tasks for kids that will help get them started on the right foot, so you can rest easy knowing that when they grow up they’ll be just as clean as you are.

First Things First

Before you decide to start teaching your child how to clean, the first thing you’ll want to do is be there for them. You can’t expect perfection the first time around, so it’s up to you as the parent to guide them in those beginning steps, and offer words of encouragement.

Let’s say you’re teaching your child how to wash dishes by hand. First, explain to them the importance of washing, why you do it, and then start by doing a few dishes yourself before handing the reigns over to them.

Help them if they need it, or guide them with your words if they need to scrub a little harder to get things clean, but always use a gentle hand and try not to get frustrated, otherwise it will make it difficult to teach them things in the future.

Chores By Age

Obviously you can’t expect your child to do everything around the home, especially if they’re little. So then how do you know which chores to give them depending on how old they are?

There’s really no rule of thumb, but here’s a list of tasks you can give your kids to start them on a path to a cleaner life:

Age 2

  • Put toys in bin or drawer
  • Put dirty clothes in the hamper if they can reach the opening
  • Close cabinet doors
  • Turn off the TV
  • Press the button on the dishwasher to start it (if you have one)

Ages 3-5

  • Help unload the dishwasher
  • Take clothes out of the dryer
  • Put books and movies back where they belong
  • Put dirty dishes on the counter
  • Place toys and games back in their place
  • Help fold the laundry
  • Pull the comforter up over the bed
  • Plus all previous chores from age 2

Ages 6-9

  • Make the bed
  • Feed pets
  • Set & clear the table
  • Empty wastebaskets
  • Put dishes in the dishwasher
  • Wipe up spills
  • Sweep and vacuum (depending on how heavy your vacuum is)
  • Simple cooking tasks like rinsing the vegetables
  • Clean their bedroom
  • Plus all previous chores from age 3-5

Ages 10-13

  • Help hand-wash the dishes
  • Get the drinks ready for dinner
  • Change bed linens
  • Take trash down to the curb
  • Mop floors
  • Unload the dishwasher
  • Clean windows
  • Clean kitchen and bathroom countertops
  • Sort, wash, and fold the laundry
  • Plus all previous chores from age 6-9

Ages 14-17

  • Clean the toilets, sinks, and tubs
  • Cook dinner
  • Organize bedroom/closet
  • Help wash the car
  • Help shovel snow
  • Plus all previous chores from age 10-13

Keep in mind this isn’t a definitive list, but rather a guide to help get you started as your children grow. Depending on their level of competency, they might able to do some chores sooner than expected, so it’s important to use your best judgement.

Either way, now you have all the tools necessary to start teaching your kids how to clean, and you can add or takeaway tasks as you see fit, and as they come up around the home.

We hope it helps!

That’s all for this week, Moppers. We’ll chat with you again next week, and in the meantime stay safe…and stay clean!

4 Tips for a Clean and Organized Closet

Happy Friday, all you amazing Moppers! Boy, this week just flew by, didn’t it? Well, it did for us, and hopefully for you as well, because in just a few short hours the weekend will be here, and we can finally say bye-bye work for a couple of days.

But if you know us, then you know our work is never done. There’s always something to clean, something to make, and of course…something to organize. This weekend we’re tackling a home project we’ve been meaning to get to for a while, and since spring is right around the corner we figured there’s no better time then now to organize our closets!

There’s a method to how we do this, though, so for today we thought we’d share with you some of the best tips we have for organizing your own closets, so you can get the job done fast.

Tip #1 – Remove Everything

That’s right, everything! Take it all out, and evaluate everything your fingers touch. Are there clothes you don’t wear? Donate them! Are there clothes that are out of season? Store them away until next year! Are there clothes in there that are stained or worn out? Use them as dish rags!

The point is, there’s always a better way to organize your closet to maximize your space, and it starts by evaluating everything that’s in there right now. The only way to do that is to take everything out, look at it objectively, and decide if it’s worth keeping. Make different piles, set stuff off to the side, and once your closet is good and empty, maybe give it a quick wash while you’re at it.

Tip #2 – Evaluate Your Storage Methods

Now that you’ve got everything out of the closet, it’s time to take a look at how you’ve been storing it all.

For example: Do you spend way too much time looking for the right shirt to match those pants you’ve picked out? Consider hanging the two side-by-side to save yourself some time picking out your outfit.

Perhaps you like to pick out things to wear based on what day it is. Is it a Saturday, a work day, or a lounging around the house day? If this is you, consider organizing things by theme so your eyes only have to scan those garments you’ve designated for the day of the week it is.

Lastly, you can also organize things by color to save time picking out matching items for your outfits.

Whichever method you choose, be sure to put things away so they’re neat and organized, making them that much easier to find.

Tip #3 – More Space!

If you’ve got an extensive wardrobe and lots of items to store, consider doubling up on your closet space by putting in a second bar to hang below the shorter items, such as t-shirts, folded pants, and the like.

Alternately, you can put in some shelves to put folded shirts on, as well as folded pants, sweaters, boots and shoes.

Take some time to look at how many items you have, and the best method for storing them. You might find that you’d do well with an extra rod, or shelves, so that everything doesn’t look all cluttered and hard to find.

Tip #4 – The Odds & Ends

This is one of our favorite tips we have to save space, and have a place for all those odds and ends lying around. All you have to do is hang one of those mesh laundry baskets in your closet, and you can keep anything you want in there. Socks, handkerchiefs, scarfs, hats…whatever suits your fancy. They’ll be out of the way, and easy to find the next time you need them.

Also, when it comes to other odds and ends such as belts, consider hanging them on the same hanger you hang your pants, or installing some hooks in your closet to hang them from so that they’re off to the side and easy to find.

We can all use more closet space, right? Well with the above tips you’ll be on your way to a cleaner, more organized closet that will hopefully bring you a little more space to use so that your clothes aren’t strewn all over the place. Plus, it’ll make things super easy to find the next time you have to go somewhere, thus giving you more time to look for those car keys you’re always misplacing.

Ugh, don’t even get us started on that one.

That’s all for this week, Moppers. Have a fantastic weekend, and we’ll chat with you again soon. Until then, stay safe…and stay clean!

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