If there is one thing that I don't like to do, it is clean. However, since I like a reasonably tidy home and there is no Alice in our future, I find it easiest to keep up with messes as they happen. Therefore, I try to do the following on a daily basis:
1. Keep Up with the Dishes
2. Wipe the Counters and Table after Every Meal
3. Mop Up Spills as They Happen
4. Sweep the Floor Once a Day
5. Take Out the Garbage and Recycling Every Evening
I find that if I go though this mental checklist after each meal (or at the very least, after dinner!), the kitchen is kept in pretty good order. Obviously, there are days when the basics are barely done or ones when I never seem to leave the kitchen! Every day is different around here!
I think that it is also very important to enlist the help of any little ones there are around your home. Even a toddler can help clear the dishes (with supervision!), wipe the table, help with the sweeping (we found sturdy little brooms at Home Depot that are just their size!), and bring recycling out. Cleaning up doesn't have to be drudgery! It can be a fun, family affair that is a continuation of the family meal!
What are your tips for keeping a clean kitchen?