spring cleaning: conquer the kitchen

Lists made my world go around. I make multiple lists for everything and then re-do those lists many times.

The dusting of snow has prompted me to stay inside and start spring cleaning. Today we conquer the kitchen.

Being a mom, we need to just try and tackle one thing at a time preventing a bigger mess. Prioritize by projects you know you can get done in your allotted time period. Also, what I struggle with is getting distracted, so DON’T get distracted by other projects. Start and finish one and a time!

Check in later for all the other rooms! If you have tips, please leave comment!

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kitchen |

  • Refrigerator: Take out contents, check dates (toss or keep), clean shelves and door. { I love cleaning this area with a little lemon juice in my cleaner for a clean look and fresh smell }
  • Freezer: Take out contents, check dates (toss or keep), wipe clean. {baking soda and hot water is a good cleaning solution as well}
  • See here for organizing your fridge and freezer

         – Make sure to turn off your circuit breaker if you want to do a good clean!

  • Cupboards/Cabinets: Take out contents, toss or keep items, clean inside (and items if there are utensils/pots, etc… that have gotten dusty)
  • For all storage areas, with items that are less than halfway filling the container or box, find smaller containers. (i.e. cereal box, move into smaller plastic tub)
  • Clean microwave by taking out racks/plates. Heloise says to place inside a 4-cup large microwave-safe bowl that contains 1 cup of water and a chopped-up lemon, lime or orange or several tablespoons of vinegar. Turn on High for several minutes or until the solution boils and the window is steamy. You must let it sit to cool for 15 minutes before opening the door. Remove and wipe out inside. Clean the rubber gasket around the door with a sponge dampened with water only. If the window is greasy, clean with a mixture of half vinegar and half water, then dry. Read more: Clean Your Microwave – House Cleaning – Heloise – Good Housekeeping
  • Clean stove top: If you can, take off your plates and burners and soak or run through the dishwasher. That always works well for me. Here is a tutorial for glass top.
  • Clean inside of oven: I usually run my self-cleaning oven (which burns off residue at very high temperatures) and then get the rest of the gunk off this way: try a paste of baking soda and water. Coat the oven surfaces with the paste (avoiding bare metal and heating elements), let stand for a few hours. Scrub with sponge and water and wipe up with dry rag
  • Clean stainless steel surfaces: In a spray bottle, I mix together 2/3 parts white vinegar, a few drops of dish soap, and 1/3 part water. Spray and wipe!
  • Clean counters and cabinet/cupboard surfaces. Touch up paint if needed
  • If applicable, clean window and shades
  • Dust all areas – including light fixtures
  • Vacuum & Mop
  • If you have tile, use a tile cleaner or make using 1 Tbl Borax, 2 Tbl baking soda and 1 Tbl water to make a paste.  Scrub the paste into the tile grout using a toothbrush to remove the dirt., and consider resealing your grout lines. The cement-based material between wall, floor, and counter top tiles is extremely porous and stains easily. Protect it with a penetrating grout sealer; it’s best to apply it with a small foam brush – says Martha.



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