Spring-Cleaning Countdown: One Week to the Most Organized Kitchen Ever!
We all love a fresh start. That’s what spring-cleaning is all about. But, it can be intimidating, especially when it comes to the kitchen. This multilevel project looms large. Can we please just wave a magic wand and have it be done already?
To make the challenge more manageable—and yes, dare we say enjoyable—break it down into smaller, easy projects. By setting aside just a little time each day, you’ll hardly recognize that sparkling kitchen by the end of the week.
SUNDAY: Get Organized
First things first: Put things in the right places. Rearrange if necessary.
- Store cups and glassware next to the fridge or sink, and keep dinnerware near the dishwasher.
- Stash coffee supplies and mugs near the coffeemaker.
- Stow bakeware and mixing bowls in the lower cabinets near the stove.
- Put spices, oils and cookbooks in a cabinet near the oven for convenience.
MONDAY: Refresh the Garbage Disposal
You never know what lurking remnant is responsible for the questionable odor coming from your disposal. Keep your hands off and out, and let these natural cleaners do the work.
- Mix up a 50/50 solution of vinegar and water, pour into ice-cube trays and freeze.
- To clean and disinfect, drop a cube down the disposal and turn it on while flushing with cold water for a minute or so.
- Then toss in a couple of lemon slices and run the disposal again for a fresh scent.
- Save the remaining cubes…repeat weekly.
TUESDAY: Steam-Clean the Microwave
Tomato sauce polka dots on top? Splattered butter on the bottom? Or did you just allow an allover explosion that needs to be cleaned up?
- Start with a microwave-safe coffee cup or mug.
- Fill two-thirds full of water and add some fresh lemon juice.
- Microwave on high for 5 minutes, then let it sit and steam for another 5 minutes.
- Thanks to the steam, the splatters and spills soften, so you can easily wipe the inside clean with dry paper towels.
- Remove the glass tray on the bottom and wipe or scrub clean.
WEDNESDAY: Renew Stove Burners or Grates
Easily remove caked-on bits without scratching the surfaces—or getting carpal tunnel.
- Pour 1/4 cup of ammonia into a large zip-top plastic bag.
- Add one burner/grate to the bag and seal completely. (It may not look like enough ammonia, but the fumes do the heavy lifting, not the liquid.)
- Wait a few hours or put the bag outside or in the garage (just in case it springs a leak!) overnight.
- Remove and wipe clean with a sponge. Ta-da! Like new.
THURSDAY: Shine the Stainless
Three quick steps to erasing fingerprints and smudges from your stainless steel appliances.
- Arm yourself with vinegar and a soft cloth.
- Rub firmly on streaks. (Test in an inconspicuous place first.)
FRIDAY: Organize Baking Supplies
Pull rank and make your cabinets work for you.
- Toughest shelf to reach (top for upper cabinets, bottom for lower) – Keep things tidy by storing items you use less often, such as cookie cutters, in stackable containers from the Snapware® Snap ‘N Stack® collection.
- Middle shelf – For bulk essentials, like flour and sugar, select taller airtight Snapware containers or stack a variety of smaller sizes. The clear containers show what’s inside; add labels to distinguish one thing from another.
- Easiest shelf to reach (bottom for the upper level, top for the lower) – The best spot for spices and other smaller essentials that are used frequently.
SATURDAY: Tackle the Refrigerator
OK, this is the last day. Promise. Time to tackle the biggest appliance in your kitchen. Yes, this grime is mysterious to us, too. Getting rid of it isn’t.
- Remove all contents and toss anything past the expiration date.
- Wash down shelves and drawers with a 50/50 solution of warm water and vinegar.
- Organize by safely storing leftovers in stackable Snapware Total Solution containers.
Now that wasn’t so hard! When you break it down and simplify the task of spring-cleaning, you might even attempt this routine more than once a year…and it’ll be easier every time.
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