As each season changes, I look at it as a fresh start. A new beginning of the sorts. It is a time that I like to purge, ridding of unnecessary and unwanted household items, clothing and dated pantry products.
Quite often you will also find me marking the occasion with a deep clean of the house, as well. My most recent deep clean was focused on the kitchen.
Let’s face it – we have been living in our home for 3.5 years. It had accumulated so much clutter upon the counter tops and in the pantry. Our cabinets were disorganized. I can’t even begin to tell you how many tupperware containers we had without the coordinating lid. I swear those tupperware containers bugger off to the same place socks go when they get lost in the laundry. How do they just up and vanish into thin air?! It truly is a mystery and one I will never wrap my head around.
On that January afternoon that I decided to overhaul my kitchen, I swear my husband must have thought I was going into preterm labour. I spent hours upon hours emptying out the pantry and cabinets, cleaning behind and underneath all the appliances, cleaning out the fridge and decluttering my counters to the point of emptiness. It was such an amazing process, and one that was freeing. I walk into my kitchen now and it feels like a breath of fresh air!
If there is one area in your home that I suggest you focus your energy on spring cleaning, I highly suggest the focus be on your kitchen. I know it may seem daunting to try and wrap your head around how you will declutter the counters and cleaning the appliances, but you will feel so much better for it once you get the process underway and done.
With these helpful tips you will be well on your way to a clutter-free kitchen and sparkling clean appliances.
Start by cleaning your appliances. Not just the exterior, but the interior. Did you know that cleaning inside your appliances is an important step to keep them working their best? It’s true. However, only 25% of Canadians have cleaned inside their dishwashers in the last 12 months. Pretty unreal, right?! The process of cleaning the inside of your appliances is fairly straightforward.
- Set your oven to self clean. Open a few windows and let the self clean run it’s cycle. Once it has completed and cooled down, wipe down the interior of the oven to remove any leftover debris.
- Clear out your fridge of expired products and food. Wipe down with multisurface cleaner. At the same time also take the opportunity to clear out dated items from your freezer, as well.
- Use affresh® Dishwasher cleaner to clean built up mineral deposits and hard water spots from your dishwasher. Depending on the last time, you may have cleaned the interior of your dishwasher, you may need to run several cycles to reap the full benefits. Not to sweat it though, you can also use affresh® Dishwasher cleaner with dishware in your machine. I was amazed by the results this product had on my dishwasher. Who would have known that dishwasher cleaner even existed?! Not me, but now I know and you do too! You can get it at pretty much any major grocery retailer.
Clean the exterior of your appliances. If your appliances are stainless steel, like mine, use a good stainless steel cleaner to wipe down the exterior of your appliances. If not, use your regular old multi-surface cleaner to wipe down your appliances.
Clean beneath your appliances. So you have cleaned the interior of your appliances. Now make the point to clean beneath them. Trust me – you won’t believe the dirt and curd that lurks around beneath them. Pull out the stove and refrigerator, and vacuum up any dirt and wipe down any build up.
Wipe down your backsplash. Use an all purpose cleaner to wipe down your backsplash. It may not show, but it does get caked in oils, food residue and other messes over time.
Purge your pantry. Remove all the items in your pantry. Toss any products that may have expired. Set aside any boxed or canned goods that you may have accumulated, but now don’t plan to use and donate those items to your local food bank. Rid of expired spices, depending on the spice they can have a shelf life of anywhere between 1 to 3 years. Label your spices, so that they are easier to locate.
Declutter your kitchen counters and cabinets. This is the daunting part. However it is necessary from time to time. Over time we tend to accumulate so much stuff. Kitchens can easily become disorganized or just a storage grounds for well anything.
- Start by removing the unnecessary. Those piles upon piles of takeout containers, bills, children’s artwork, and gadgets. Get rid of them or find a new spot for them elsewhere in the home, like your home office or storage bins in the basement.
- Tuck away any items that you don’t use often, and rid of the items that you no longer have use for. A great idea is to set-up a shelving unit in the garage or basement to tuck away appliances or corningware that may not be used all too often.
- Give all your items a proper home. Yes, you read that right. allocate a designated area whether it be within the kitchen or another storage unit for your cutlery, tupperware, corningware, pots and pans, small appliances and dishware.
- Tuck daily use products out of sight. This step may seem impossible right now, but trust me once you complete steps one through three this step will be easy. I used to have my juicer, coffee maker, and blender all in plain sight on my counters, they are now stowed neatly beneath the cabinet beneath the counter.
- Once your kitchen is clutter-free focus your energy on maintaining it. Start to place your everyday items on a shelf closer to your front door. Make a point to clean up messes as they happen, tucking away dirty dishes in the dishwasher, wiping down the counter and appliances daily and tucking away ingredients and spices once we are done with them. As quickly as your decluttered your kitchen, it can reclutter itself if you don’t stay on top of maintaining it’s new clutter-free status.
Once you have mastered this guide to a clutter-free kitchen and sparkling clean appliances, you will see just how simple it can be to maintain and just how freeing the process is. It has now been almost 3 months since I decluttered and deep cleaned my kitchen, and maintaining it has been easier than I could have imagined!
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