6 Steps to Effectively Spring Clean your Kitchen
Spring has sprung, and while all you want to do is go outside and bask in the warm sunlight, you find yourself faced with the monstrous task of Spring cleaning. Some may find it satisfying, or even fun, to give their kitchen a head-to-toe cleaning, but to many, it’s an overwhelmingly impossible job. The good news is, that we have put together an easy-to-follow to-do list, so all you need to do is follow it. Doing so will make spring cleaning a breeze, so you can get back to enjoying the blossoms and beautiful weather as soon as possible.
Take a Deep Dive into Your Fridge
Let us start at the beginning, with the messiest part of the kitchen, the food. This category is divided into two steps. The first step is to take care of that fridge. This is the easier step because most people clean their fridge out regularly to make sure there is no spoiled food growing mold behind all the fresh products. All you need to do is take everything out of your fridge, discard anything spoiled or past its expiration, scrub all the drawers and shelves until they sparkle, and then neatly replace the items in their proper spots.
Empty Those Cabinets
With the fridge done, it’s time to move on to the second half of the food category. Empty those cabinets and pantries dedicated to food, one product at a time, and sort them into three piles: Decent, Donate, and Dump. Anything that is still edible, and you know will be eaten, should be put in a ‘waiting to be organized’ pile. Any non-perishable items, such as canned goods, that you know will never see anything but the insides of your cabinets, put in a box for donation. And all those off-colored items that make you think: ‘how long has that been in there?’ should be immediately dumped in the trash. Once all those cabinets are emptied, scrub them out with the appropriate, non-abrasive cleaning products.
Bring Out the Art Supplies
Now for the fun part. Get some containers, labels, and markers, and organize everything in your ‘keep’ pile. Make sure to rinse out the containers before placing loose, or even individually wrapped foods, within them. Not everything needs to go into a container, just make sure to organize it in a way that will be most beneficial to you and anyone else who frequently uses your kitchen.
Spice up your kitchen
Do not forget about your spice drawer. Once you have emptied and cleaned out that drawer, it’s time to implement some drawer organizers. If you would like to save even more space, you can transfer those spices onto a spice rack, or finally put that lazy-Susan into beneficial use and utilize the extra drawer space for other needs. To add a nice rustic touch, put your spices into glass jars and display them on open shelves.
Clean your Cabinets
Time to move on to all those other cabinets and drawers. Take out all your utensils, appliances, and dishes, (both real and plastic silverware and dishes are included) and repeat the process you just completed with food products. Once again, create three piles: Decent, Donate, and Dump. Take a good look at every single item: all cutlery, dishes, appliances, and miscellaneous. All the frequently used undamaged, items go in the pile you will soon organize. Products in good condition which have not been seen in years, deliver to the nearest ‘Goodwill.’ Everything that you have been holding on to just for the sake of having, dump directly into the trash with those expired foods.
Divide and Conquer
Once you have scrubbed out those cabinets with the appropriate, non-abrasive cleaning products, it’s time to organize. Declutter your drawers by using decorative utensil holders for those bigger items, such as ladles, which are always causing the drawers to get stuck halfway. For silverware and knives use dividers to keep everything sorted, so you can easily find what you need when it comes to cooking, baking, or setting the table. Incorporate two-tiered drawer inserts to maximize space in every drawer. Install efficient drawer systems to compartmentalize cutting boards, containers, and appliances, taking care to place any electronics in safe drawers far from heat or spills.
Keep it Fresh
Make sure to also give the outside of those cabinets a good scrub and get into all those hard-to-reach areas which do not get enough attention during weekly cleaning. Once your kitchen is clean and gleaming inside and out, you can use house plants to bring spring right into your kitchen and complete that fresh feel. Do not forget to maintain your kitchen throughout the year by cleaning it regularly and keeping those drawers organized. Well, there you have it, a completely transformed kitchen in six steps.
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