It’s Sunday, and you know what that means? It’s time to meal prep for the week and then spend an hour cleaning up!
Yeah, clean-up is the worst isn’t it? You’re all proud of yourself for getting your food ready and then your kitchen stares back at you with the carnage of pots, pans, and mess everywhere.
I got so sick of dealing with the huge messes that I decided to upgrade my cleaning game, and I’ve compiled my favorite strategies so that you NEVER have to deal with huge messes again.
1. Clean as you go
You’re constantly walking between stove, sink, fridge, etc, so use the excuse to rinse that bowl or put away those onions once you’re done with them. It’s more of a discipline thing, but it will become second nature in no time. This goes for all the time, not just on meal prep days.
2. Rinse and re-use
Utensils especially. You don’t need three forks for one recipe. Whisk those eggs, rinse, dish out that yogurt, rinse. The less you use, the less there is to clean up.
3. Soak your pots/pans ASAP
As soon as they have cooled even a little, get them soaking. Don’t you hate dealing with those gnarly, hardened pots and getting carpal tunnel trying to scrub them? Avoid all that by soaking them in hot water and dish soap. Then you can come back and rinse them later, easy as can be.
4. Use your dishwasher as a drying rack
I HATE cluttered counters (I know, aggressive), and hand wash most of my dishes. Drying racks or piles of dishes on the counter are not my thing. Pop them in the dishwasher and BOOM. Out of sight and ready for use. (Make sure you leave it cracked when they’re drying).
5. Pro move: Limit yourself to 2 items
Two forks, spoons, bowls, plates and cups. One is honestly all you need (it forces you to rinse/wash your dishes immediately after using which is game changing), but two will massively reduce your clean-up time as well.
Hope these help! Go crush your meal prep today and set yourself up for a kickass week!