The TikTok Advice That Will Make Cleaning Your Kitchen Less Of A Hassle

Keeping the house in order can be challenging when you're living a busy life with work and a family to look after. If you enjoy cooking meals every night, it always leads to a messy kitchen. You might wait until the following day to clean before going to work, but the mess gets forgotten if you're running late. The pile of dishes grows, and the counters stay dirty for a few days until you spend your entire day off cleaning everything. However, TikTok user @olivebranchcottage advises setting a timer for 10 minutes to clean as much as you can. It will reduce your cleaning time and allow you to create a more consistent cleaning routine.

When you're faced with an overwhelming amount of items to put away and surfaces to wipe down, you put it off for a few days until there isn't a clean dish to use. Then, you'll be stressed that everything accumulated, so you decide to clean everything all at once. The 10-minute timer hack prevents stress and reduces your cleaning time on your deep-cleaning kitchen days. Accomplishing smaller tasks in a limited time will make cleaning effortless.

All you need is 10 minutes

While it's best to have a spotless kitchen before going to bed, it's not always achievable when you have kids that need to be put to bed or have to wake up early the next day. Instead of trying to make everything absolutely perfect, set a timer for 10 minutes and clean as much as possible; when the timer stops, you stop. You might be tempted to keep cleaning after the timer has gone off, but fight the urge.

Even though 10 minutes might not feel like a long time, it's plenty of time to allow you to complete two to three larger tasks, like washing the dishes. After a few days of setting the timer and cleaning, you create a habit of doing it every night. Knowing you only have to dedicate 10 minutes to your kitchen feels more achievable than dedicating an hour.

Further, tackling small sections every night will leave you with a spotless kitchen at the end of the week. Rachel Hoffman, author of "Unf*ck Your Habitat: You're Better Than Your Mess," claims, "A lot of people look at the big picture and get overwhelmed. It's a matter of shifting focus from 'this entire place is a disaster' to 'those are dishes, I can deal with those.' It's a concrete, small thing you can deal with. This is a way for people to say 'I can'" (via NBC). Block out the huge mess and focus on what you can do in the moment.