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Nightly kitchen routine improves your morning

Waking up to a messy kitchen, including the dreaded sink full of dirty dishes, can be stressful, slow down the morning routine, and delay getting your day started and yourself and the family out the door.

To reduce the stress, here’s a nightly kitchen shutdown routine for the whole family to do after dinner each evening that will reduce your kitchen angst and have you ready to face the day.


Now, this routine isn’t a “deep clean” and is intended to get your kitchen back to its baseline level of clean daily and keep your house running smoothly. After all, the kitchen is the heart of the home, and if organized and kept up you may even find that it not only reduces your angst, but this base line of organization will also “spill over” into other areas of your house too.

1. Clear the table of all the dirty dishes and wipe it down completely, even the spots where no one sat. This way you know that the table is completely clean, also removing any dust or food or spills that you aren’t too noticeable and are invariably there. Also, go through the house and grab any dirty dishes now, too.


2. Put away all the leftovers and ingredients left on the counter from cooking.

3. Scrape and load anything that’s dishwasher safe into the dishwasher. Run the dishwasher at night so that the dishes are clean the next morning, and unload while your coffee brews.

4. Break down empty boxes, rinse out empty cans, and add all to the recycling bin. Gather up any trash and throw in the garbage. Take the trash and recycling out.

5. Wash anything that’s delicate, pots and pans, etc. by hand. Dry and put away.

6. Wipe the counters and the sink.

7. Do a quick wipe down of the appliances.

8. Sweep the floor, and spot wash any spills if needed.

9. Prep for the next day by packing lunches, setting up for breakfast, and pulling out the meat from the freezer to defrost in the fridge for the next day.


Will the routine always be executed perfectly? Maybe not.

What you’ll find, though, is that even if you miss a day from the routine of shutting down the kitchen after dinner, it’s pretty simple to catch back up the next night and get back on track.

Melissa Rolland is a Real Estate Salesperson and Realtor®, Accredited Home Stager, and author of the book “Straight from the Kitchen Table: Every Day Real Estate.” She lives in Tolland along with her husband Todd, an Associate Broker and Realtor®. Together they manage the Rolland Realty Group powered by eXp Realty of CT, LLC. You can connect with them at, by email at or by phone at 866-408-8059. “The statements and opinions contained in this article are solely those of the individual author and do not necessarily reflect the positions or opinions of EXP REALTY INTERNATIONAL, INC or its subsidiaries or affiliates (the “Company”). The Company does not assume any responsibility for, nor does it warrant the accuracy, completeness or quality of the information.