For the next month, we’ll be spring cleaning the easy way with our Spring Cleaning Made Easy series! The goal is to get the whole house clean — one mini task at a time — without having to set aside a whole week, or even a whole day, to clean.
Spring cleaning is so glamorous, isn’t it? Today we’re going to clean out the miscellanea in the kitchen — drawers and cabinets, the remaining appliances and the tops of cabinets and shelves. Fun, right?
Today’s task is actually part cleaning, part decluttering:
As we go through the drawers and cabinets, straightening utensils and organizing kitchen tools, be sure to pay attention to the items you’re moving around. Do you really use them? Do you have multiples? Could something else do the same job? Do you really need that many small appliances? If your drawers and cabinets are overflowing, decluttering is a great way to make it easier to get to the items you actually need and use, which will make your kitchen more efficient and keep it clean.
Drawers & Cabinets
Empty out each drawer or cabinet, vacuum up any crumbs (how do they get so many crumbs in them?!) and then wipe the insides with a damp cloth.
If you’re happy with the layout of the kitchen, you can go ahead and put the contents of each drawer back as you clean it, but now is also a great time to reorganize. Consider creating zones in your kitchen around your most frequent activities — a baking zone with the tools and pans you use for baking, a serving zone with plates, utensils and serving dishes, etc.
TIP: Decluttering doesn’t have to be permanent. If you’d like to declutter but are afraid that you’ll regret your decisions, pack those items away in a box and label it with the date. You’ll still be able to get things out if you decide you need them, and after 3-6 months you can give away anything that’s still in the box!
Once you’re done, wipe the outside of the cabinets as well. We actually do this regularly as part of our weekly cleaning because 8 little hands in the house means they get fairly grimy.
We’ve already cleaned the refrigerator and freezer, but today is the day to clean the oven, stovetop and dishwasher as well.
- Use Katie’s easy dishwasher cleaning method to de-gunk your dishwasher while you work on something else.
- If you have a self-cleaning oven, open up the windows for a couple hours and let that baby do its job!
- Use this easy method to clean your microwave and freshen the air at the same time.
Bonus: Once you’re done the drawers, cabinets & appliances, grab a stool or ladder and wipe down the tops of the cabinets as well. If it’s really dusty, start with a dust buster to pick up the bulk of the dust first!
Track your progress this month with the Spring Cleaning Made Easy checklist, which comes in two versions — one with dates to coincide with the live series and one with generic labels so you can do it on your own at another time. Click here to download or print your copy!
Want to get a jump start on tomorrow’s task? We’re gonna finish cleaning the kitchen!
Do you have too many kitchen tools?