5 Things I Procrastinate Cleaning in the Kitchen

5 Things I Procrastinate Cleaning in the Kitchen

5 Things I Procrastinate Cleaning in the Kitchen (and how I’m going to take control of them!)

The kitchen is the room of the house that always has something going on in it.  In mine, there’s constantly someone wanting food or drink throughout the day.  In my family, if someone’s not hungry between meal times, it’s a miracle!

With all that action going on in the kitchen, it’s easy to delay cleaning anything but the dishes.  I find that I don’t even notice the dirty appliances, until it’s time to have company or when it’s time to take a picture. As you may have noticed, I’m trying to stop procrastinating in my life.  The kitchen is one of those areas that needs some major improvement!

What are My Most Commonly Neglected Places to Clean in the Kitchen?

The Oven – I’m good at wiping the stovetop off, but I’m bad at wiping the rest of the outside of it down and cleaning out the inside. I even have a self cleaning oven and I still don’t do it very often.

The Refrigerator – Need I say more? I clean it, but it never lasts. There’s always food shoved to the back that needs pitching or spills that need wiping. I can’t ever seem to stay on top of this task!

The Microwave – I really hate cleaning out my microwave. I even found a great way to do it, but I still find that I don’t do it nearly enough.

The Toaster – Oh the crumbs that the toaster lets go of. I will wipe down the outside, but I rarely clean out the crumb trays in the bottom. When I move the toaster around on the counter, crumbs fall everywhere. Not good.

The Windows – The windows are right above my sink, which is really nice when it comes to doing dishes and being able to look out into the great outdoors. It’s not really nice though, when everything is always splashing up on your windows. Cleaning windows is definitely not one of my top chosen chores.

How Can I Improve This Mess?

I’ve been doing some thinking on how to get myself to do better with this and here’s some of the ideas that I think could work for me.

  1. Pick one item to thoroughly clean each week.
  2. Pick one item to wipe down each day, 5 days a week (I wonder if that’s too often?)
  3. Set aside a day each month to tackle all 5 of them. Once you start doing it regularly it won’t take you nearly as long in future months.
  4. Keep a cleaning schedule in the kitchen, lining out which chores you want done and when.
  5. Delegate!  Have a child pick one to clean each week.  

Do you find that you have the same problem areas in your kitchen? Or are your problem areas completely different? What works for you to keep these areas clean?  How often would you deep clean these items?

Are you a Procrastinator like me? If so, you’re invited to the Stop Procrastinating Group on Facebook. Each Wednesday afternoon we meet to chat and clean. We spend 15 minutes cleaning and 15 minutes sharing about our successes as well as chatting about other related subjects. You can’t make it on Wednesdays? It’s OK. You can still join in and discuss at other times during the week. It’s motivating AND it’s fun! I hope you’ll join us!

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  1. Di says

    Why not put toaster & microwave together and then you have 4 list items – 1 for each week of the month. Do 1 thoroughly each week. Because personally 1 per month will still make each item so nasty I would procrastinate further and daily wipe down is too often that I would eventually quit altogether.

    • Sidetracked Sarah says

      No I wouldn’t only do one per month. I’d do all of them each month. But yes, I could combine the two on a day. Sorry, I went back and read what I wrote and I have no idea why I wrote it that way. LOL. You never know about me! :)

  2. says

    This is perfect – I’m tackling my kitchen today!

    Here are my thoughts on your 5 possible solutions (since I won’t be able to join you this afternoon!)

    1. instead of 1 item a month, how about each item each month, or 1 item per week. Then each is given attention once a month (which is more than it is getting at my house now!)

    2. once a week would be too much for me, but if you did, then the wiping down would take seconds, so maybe not so unrealistic

    3. a kitchen day each month. might work. getting the habit in place is the key with any system, eh?

    4. I’m the Queen of Cleaning Schedules – planning them out, that is. Following through, not so much.

    5. good idea – many hands make light work. Maybe a ‘Jobs Jar’ where everyone can draw a task and race to get it done?

    Thanks for the ideas Sarah!

    • Sidetracked Sarah says

      I don't even remember saying 1 each month, but I went back and read and sure enough. I think I meant to write each week

      LOL about being the queen of cleaning schedules! I'm good at that, too! Follow through is definitely a key in this!

      Good luck in your kitchen!

  3. naughtbutgood says

    I procrastinate cleaning in general. On a trip, while in a McDonald's restroom, the lightbulb turned on! Why don't I keep a cleaning log (like they have hanging on a clipboard or on a wipe-off surface), so that at least I'll always know when the last time was that I cleaned x in my house. (Of course, I wouldn't leave it hanging on the wall for guests to see.) :) But … par for the course, I'm still procrastinating on doing this. …

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