The Kitchen is without doubt one of the places in the home that's easily messed up. Don't despair though, as there are many ways by which this area could be cleaned without exerting too much effort. Here are a few tips:
Place waste containers in strategic areas of the kitchen. Preferably, line them with plastic bags for easy disposal. In the absence of the garbage disposal system and adequate sewage facilities, better allot a separate container (with lid) for biodegradable and wet trash. As to the places where one could place these containers, try to provide one near the busy work counter tops or worktables. The key is to keep them within easy reach and to dispose of the garbage/trash as often as possible to minimize the growth of bacteria.
Avoid drips from the refrigerator by lining the refrigerator's freezer with plastic. Meats, poultry in particular, because of their water content are potential drippers-especially when taken out of the freezer for defrosting.
Other food items, especially when taken out of the refrigerator also have the possibility of causing drippings on the kitchen floor. These include sauces and viands, as well as liquid condiments and dairy products. What to do? Store these items in plastic containers with the appropriate lids (bottles and jars with caps will do nicely, as well). Doing so would minimize drips immediately.
While cooking, try to make it a habit to keep a plate handy for resting spoons and placing biodegradable trash. This is hygienic as well as it would prevent contamination of foodstuffs, enable garbage to be contained, and reduce spills caused by cooking.
If one's budget allows it, install a hand-held nozzle in the kitchen sink. This would minimize 'splashing' water in the sink and the counter and may even help minimize water used as water flow can be controlled.
Although the kitchen is usually the place where the most number of people congregate, you can still minimize the trash people bring into it by actually moving or removing some appliances out of the kitchen! Yes, the television and the stereo are household appliances that should be placed elsewhere as they tend to assemble people that produce trash around them. As such, place these appliances in the living room or in the den where they belong.
Plan and be realistic. Since the kitchen is the most used place in the home, allow for planning when keeping it spic and span. If regular once-a-week cleaning that takes up hours is not possible, try to allow at least 10 minutes of each day for keeping the kitchen spotless. Just pick up the small bits and pieces of trash and garbage that accumulate. Make this a habit and see how the kitchen will shine!