Christmas is a cracking time of year, but there’s no denying that it takes a toll on your kitchen! From rolling out the pastry for mince pies on your laminate kitchen worktops to glazing a gammon ready for the oven, there’s a lot of cooking to do. But, who wants to be drowning in mess on Christmas day? Not us! That’s why we’ve put together our top tips to minimise the chaos this year, making it a breeze to keep your kitchen clean.
Your Christmas will be a lot more difficult without good kitchen cleaning equipment. From a brilliant cloth that picks up all manner of dirt to a grease-fighting washing-up liquid that reduces your scrubbing, the right kitchen tools can drastically reduce your cleaning time and keep mess to a minimum. Also, consider the materials in your kitchen. Laminate kitchen worktops, non-stick trays, and plenty of chopping boards will all help make your space cleaner.
By working in zones, you can avoid your kitchen resembling a bomb site by the end of the day. For example, if you’re making something messy, like stuffing, you might want to try to keep it all in one area so that the ingredients don’t spread across your entire worktops. Set up a vegetable peeling and chopping station and a meat-prep station, and you’ll find it a lot easier to manage the mess in these smaller areas.
It may feel like you’re doubling your workload by washing up as you go, but you’re really not! By washing a few bowls here and a chopping board there, you’ll probably find it’s far easier to keep your kitchen much cleaner and clutter-free. By having more space to work in, you can keep the mess contained and stop dirty trays and plates from being placed wherever you can find a spot. Trust us, wash up as you go, and your Christmas cleaning will be a lot more manageable!
Anything you can prepare in advance for your big Christmas meals, do. You can freeze stuffing, chop vegetables, and season your turkey before you cook it, all helping separate the preparation into stages. Rather than having everything happening at once, you’ll be able to control the cooking better and keep your kitchen free of clutter and mess.
Remember, you can ask for help! Christmas isn’t a one-person show, and by enlisting the help of your friends or family who you’re cooking for, the job of keeping your kitchen clean becomes a lot easier. As you cook, have a rotation of people washing up, wiping down surfaces, and putting ingredients you’ve finished with away. It also makes the process of cooking a lot more social, which is what Christmas is all about!
Christmas isn’t about cooking, cleaning, and making sure everything is perfect. It’s about focusing on spending time with your loved ones and enjoying some well-deserved time off. So, whilst these tips for minimising mess will help you, remember that an untidy kitchen won’t ruin the day! If you want to make your kitchen easier to clean next year, have a look at our options for laminate kitchen worktops and upgrade to high-quality, wipe-clean surfaces that will make your cleaning a breeze. Browse online today or pop into one of our stores in Wigan, Preston, or Blackpool.
Finally, a big Merry Christmas from all our team at Savoy Timber! We hope you enjoy it; we’ve definitely all earned this one.