We are attacking the kitchen, for the next two days. Yes. You’ll need your cleaners and tools for sure!
First off, decide: what is the purpose of the kitchen? Should be a standard answer, but are things where they need to be used? Are there things in the kitchen that shouldn’t be?
- Empty the counters and the surface of the refrigerator
- Get RID of space hogs and “unitaskers.” (Pretty sure I don’t need a little plastic thing to hold a pat of butter while I butter my corn.) Tsh’s list of what should be in the kitchen:
- A good chef knife
- Three nesting melamine mixing bowls (rubber feet keep them from slipping, they’re light, they don’t break)
- metal tongs
- a stainless steel frying pan
- large cutting board
- silicone spatula
- fine mesh sieve
- immersion blender
- dutch oven
- baking sheet
- coffee grinder (if you’re into coffee)
- stand mixer
If you have items other than these, ask yourself if it’s REALLY useful- if you’re not sure, box it up for three months. Pull it out if you need it. If you haven’t pulled it out, you probably don’t need it! (I’m making an exception here for my canning equipment)
3. Clean everything. Wash all the dishes on the counter, wash all the surfaces.
4. Organize the counters. This is valuable real estate- don’t put it out unless you’ll be using it often!
5. Put things back on the refrigerator- only display what’s beautiful or useful. (You probably don’t need to save all those magnets that came free with the Yellow Pages.)
6. Declutter inside the refrigerator and freezer- toss what’s expired
7. Clean the inside of your refrigerator and freezer.
8. Organize the refrigerator and freezer- re-shelve the food logically, and make an inventory list of what you have.
9. Declutter the pantry- remove everything, sort, purge what’s expired. Make an inventory of what you have.
10. Clean out the pantry.
11. Organize the pantry- combine dabs of the same thing, re-shelve things. (I would add that if you buy things in bulk like I do, have an assortment of glass jars on hand to store things in, if they’re still in the plastic bags they came home in!) Tape the food inventory to the inside of the pantry door- later, cross things off as you use them, and add them when you purchase.
12. Declutter the cabinets and drawers, empty them out. Box up what you don’t need. Match lids to containers, and get rid of the stragglers (I swear they breed in there. Am I right?)
13. The junk drawer. It’s a good thing, but clean out what you don’t actually need.
14. Clean the drawers and cabinets, add fresh liner if you want.
15. Organize, and put things back in the cabinets and drawers.
16. Clean the floors and windows.
17. Step back and evaluate.
Reflection time! What’s the main purpose of this room? What do you need to change to meet the needs of you and your family?