Clean the Kitchen Before You Go to Bed to Save Time

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Leave the kitchen clean when you head to bed at night and you’ll have a nice kitchen to wake up to in the morning.

Leave the Kitchen Clean Each Night to Save Time | Life as MOM

This may come as a no-brainer to some of you. To others it is a timely reminder. If you go to bed with a clean kitchen, you will wake up to a clean kitchen.

(Barring an invasion of crumb-scattering zombies, of course.)

And if you wake up to a clean kitchen, your morning and the rest of your time in said kitchen will be pleasant and efficient.

No one wants to wake up to a sink full of dishes. And if you’ve got kids who help with kitchen chores, the morning rush may preempt their ability to do said chores. But, if you and yours make sure that everything is washed up before you head to bed, you’ll have a great start on the day. Easy peasy.

A clean kitchen is a beauty to behold as well as a way to have a nicer morning.

Kitchen Time Savers series | Life as MOMThis post is part of the Kitchen Time Savers series. You can follow along this month as we explore lots of ways to make more efficient use of our time in the kitchen.

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  1. I’ve been working on this all week! I’ve felt inspired by reading A Slobs Comes Clean and her e-book for slobs. She also recommends to put clean dishes away first thing in the morning. It’s easier to put dirty dishes directly into the dishwasher and saves time, too!

    Loving this series!

  2. I totally agree. I’m due with baby #4 in 8 weeks and am not looking forward to losing this part of my evening routine for a while. Kiddos are 5,3,2 so they won’t quite be able to help pick up the slack. 😉

  3. I completely agree, I have to have a clean kitchen before going to bed. It is no fun to wake up to a sink full of dishes. Even when we have a party (I use disposable as much as possible), the last think I want to do is clean up! But when I think about it, the last thing I’m going to want to do in the morning is clean up and it will take longer to scrub those pots!

  4. I totally agree, but it’s hard to motivate after 14 hours of taking care of my little boys. Once they are put to bed, I tend to collapse. My husband will often do the dishes after I’m asleep, but he doesn’t wipe the counters, sweep, etc. like I do when I clean up at night (but I’m grateful for what he does, don’t get me wrong!). Every morning that I wake up to a messy kitchen I kick myself for not just powering through so that I can have a nicer morning.

    I know for some folks, this is a no brainer, but for the rest of us, thanks for the reminder, and for all your good tips lately!

  5. Great tip! I’ve done this, and it works great. It’s worth noting that it only needs a VERY VERY thin, imperceptible layer of oil. If it gets sticky or feels oily, you’re using way too much.