Spring Cleaning the Kitchen {14 Days to a Clean Home}

by GettingFreedom on March 28, 2013

Day 3 of 14 Days to a Clean Home is over and we’re moving into Day 4.  Day 4 also focuses on cleaning the kitchen and dining areas, so if you’re running a bit behind–today is a day you can catch up!

My kitchen space wasn’t too terrible on the surface, but my drawers and cabinets revealed a whole other story!  I was on a pretty good roll yesterday and then I had to run and take my husband to the doctor in a neighboring town, which halted production (and killed much of my motivation).  I was able to do the majority of it, though.

Today I’m going to attempt to go through my recipe stash {many generations of recipes and a recipe addiction make this task verryyy hard!}, clean my oven and fridge and do a once over of my dining room.

These clean spaces are making me feel better already!

 

I ended up tossing a bunch of broken or unneeded gadgets and old food that was taking up space in my kitchen cabinets. Honestly, I’m not exactly sure why I still had it (some expired waaayyyy back in 2010!) and a lot of it was foods we never eat–think canned banana creme pie filling. Uh..yuck!

Organizing your Kitchen

Get Rid of Plastic Bags and Boxes

Switching to glass containers in my kitchen cabinets has made a big difference in the organization of my kitchen cabinets.  Not only am I able to see exactly how much I have left of each item, it’s cleaner because I do not have the bags thrown every where and odd shaped boxes and containers.   Plus, glass is just safer and cooler!

Only Store what you Need

Thankfully, I’m blessed with an enormous pantry where I’m able to store my extras and the items that we do not use on a regular basis.  This helps immensely with keeping my cabinets free of clutter and organized in general.  I know that not everyone is lucky enough to have a large pantry, but even designating part of a closet or kitchen cabinet to food storage will help you organize your kitchen cabinets.  Too much of anything in one space is never good!

Organizing your Kitchen Drawers

Toss those Silverware Holders!

Those little premade silverware holders just do not cut it.  It seems as if there is never enough room in them.  More often than not, they don’t fit the drawer–they take up too much space or not enough.  So–customize your own!

I was able to purchase all of the holders for my entire kitchen for under $5!  Since each type of silverware receives their own container, when we have guests all I need to do is pull out the needed silverware containers–and I don’t have to worry about finding them a container to contain them.

I also use them in my other utensil drawers to separate different tools and utensils.  This makes it easy to see everything at a glance.

Reevaluate

I’m a sucker for kitchen gadgets.  If there’s a chance that something can lessen my time and my work load while I’m in the kitchen, I’m all over it.  As much as I don’t want to admit it, you really can have too many gadgets.  While you’re cleaning, look over your kitchen gadgets and utensils and make sure that they are still something of value to you.

Do you use it enough to justify it taking up space?  Could someone else get more use out of it?  Is something broken–need to be replaced, or just trashed?

If not, toss it or donate it.

Natural Cleaners for your Kitchen

Let’s face it, next to the bathroom, the kitchen is one of the germiest places in our homes.  We handle all sorts of foods and raw meats on a regular basis and contamination could be easy.

For this reason, I tend to stick to using a natural disinfectant to clean my kitchen with.  It’s relatively inexpensive and it smells pretty good, without the use of chemicals.

To clean off the fronts of my appliances and to clean my kitchen window I use an all natural Streak Free Glass Cleaner–or my new found love, Norwex.  I just recently found that you can get Norwex-like cloths on Amazon, under the name of E-cloths.  I’m anxious to see if their micro-fiber works as well as Norwex does.

 

Want to join in with us?  You can download the 14 Days to a Clean Home Plan here.

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