In this blog post, I’ll give some tips on how to keep your kitchen floor clean.
As a mom, I’ve learned that keeping the kitchen floor clean is like stringing pearls on a thread without a knot. The task is never-ending! Truly, sometimes I wonder why I even attempt to clean my kitchen floor if, when I’m done, it immediately begins to get dirty from all the flying food, garbage wrappers, random clothes, and more. It’s as if the kitchen floor is a magnet for filth. Why is that? It may have something to do with the adage that the kitchen is the great gathering place of the home.
So instead of waxing impatient and irritated, I instead wish to share some very positive, easy steps you can take to keep your kitchen floor clean and hence continue keeping the kitchen the fun family gathering place it is intended to be.
Transform your kitchen from the home’s dumping ground to the home’s gathering ground.
5 Tips to keep your kitchen floor clean
Pick up one thing every time you enter the kitchen
It’s amazing what a little constant effort sustained over a long period of time will do. Instead of waiting for the floor to “suddenly” be a disaster, try to keep it clean by getting in the habit of picking up just ONE thing off the ground every time you walk into the kitchen. You’ll be amazed how many things get picked up, and, as a result, you’ll be amazed at how much easier it is to keep your kitchen floor tidy and clean.
Keep refrigerator magnets on the top half of the fridge
Yes, this seems a little random, but for those of you with toddlers, you can already see the wisdom in this counsel. Refrigerator magnets are a constant temptation for littles to grab and toss on the floor. And for every magnet that lands on the floor, the piece of paper or photo that the magnet was holding up, also hits the floor.
Maintain clean counters
So much of what hits the kitchen floor first resided on the kitchen counter. The longer something remains on the counter (or kitchen table) the more likely it will end up on the floor. Get in the habit of keeping the counter clear. You can begin by removing one thing from the counter every time you walk into the kitchen, similar to the suggestion earlier where I recommended picking something off the floor every time you walk into the kitchen. Remember, it’s just ONE thing at a time.
Keep the broom in a visible location
Usually, we keep the broom in the closet or somewhere out of sight. But you know what they say: Out of sight, out of mind. To help as a reminder to keep the floor tidy, try keeping the broom in a visible location. I actually like sweeping. There’s something very satisfying about seeing all the crumbs and crusty food find its way to the trash bin!
Buy a robot vacuum
Okay, I almost left this one off the list, but because I recently bought a robot vacuum, I feel confident in recommending a robot vacuum as part of your kitchen cleaning process. It’s really the final icing on the cake. After you’ve swept the big stuff, then let the robot vacuum do its precision work.
The thing about these little R2-D2 vacuums, though, is if you’re not careful, your littles will think the robot vacuum is a toy and will potentially damage it by trying to play with It. For this reason, if you have kids, I suggest running the robot vacuum at night!
Cherish the time you have with your kids at home. Don’t get too frustrated with a messy kitchen. It really is just part of the journey, and I believe there should be joy in the journey. Hopefully, these little tips for keeping your kitchen floor clean will be as helpful for you as they have been for me.