Sharing space can be tricky, people will clash and inevitably peoples views on cleaning will differ. All of this combined can mean that your office kitchen can end up in a state of chaos. However, there are some things you can put in place to make your office kitchen much cleaner, tidier and safer to use for everybody – but it needs to be a team effort!
We all know the saying a load shared is a load halved, so if everybody takes responsibility for their own spills and messes the task of cleaning the kitchen is so much faster and easier. This doesn’t mean leaving it for 2 days before you clean it up either, wipe it up as soon as it happens as this stops it setting and sticking to the surface and prevents bacteria and germs calling it home. It doesn’t take long and it’s very easy to do, so why not make yours and everybody else’s life easier?
People will look for any excuse not to do something, so the minute somebody doesn’t do their own pots, the sink pile-up will begin until somebody finally puts their foot down and resets the cycle by doing all the pots. Save the frustration of your colleagues and wash your pots as soon as you’ve finished with them. From cutlery to mugs, you don’t need rocket science to avoid letting the pots pile-up!
Sell by and use by dates are there for a reason. Keep a close eye on your perishable food items and make sure they are put in the bin when they go off. This will prevent mould growth and nasty smells filling the kitchen. Nobody appreciates a smelly fridge, so make sure to be vigilant with foods close to their use by and definitely never leave items in the fridge over the weekend.
If you’re a frequent microwave user in your office, you’ll know how frustrating it is when your colleagues have allowed their meal to splatter all over the inside of the microwave. Not only does this look disgusting, but it can also taint your food and stink out the rest of the office if it’s left to dwell. The best answer is prevention not cure, to prevent your food splattering everywhere by using a dish cover or similar method to contain splatter. But, if this fails you a quick wipe with a damp cloth will quickly fix it ready for the next person to use.
Every kitchen needs certain items in order to function properly, and we don’t mean appliances. But in a room where resources are shared, they can be used quicker than you might anticipate. Hence, it’s important to keep everything stocked up properly. Everything from tea, coffee and sugar to kitchen roll and soap. If you see it’s low make sure the person responsible knows so that they can get more.