Dusty cupboards, dirty refrigerator, cluttered cabinets, stinky microwave oven and molds and mildew on your kitchen tiles. These are signs of that you need to do some spring cleaning in your kitchen.
Here are some ways on how to start with your kitchen spring cleaning routine.
1. Start by doing a 15 minute clean up. You can start by cleaning up dishes in your sink, arranging some of your china or just putting pots and pans in their proper places. This would give you enough space to work around.
2. Dusting and cleaning the ceilings and corners of your walls. Clean your walls with a damp cloth or with a little bit of soap to easily remove stains and splashes. Pay attention to corners that may have been neglected for a long time so as to avoid unnecessary pest and dirt build up.
3. Clean out your refrigerator. Throw out any expired food, empty containers, and items that you bought and never used. Take out the refrigerator shelves and drawers. Wash them down but be gentle with glass shelves. Wipe down the entire inside of the refrigerator and freezer before replacing shelves.
4. Purge your pantry. Go through your pantry and dispose of expired items. Also, reorganize the pantry according to categories i.e. baking, canned goods, food preparation, etc.
5. Go through your cookbooks. Donate or giveaway the ones you haven’t used in a year and consider having a digital version of your cookbooks. It’s more economical and a space saver, PLUS it keeps clutter away!
Elaine Fernando is a Professional Organizer, a member of the National Association of Professional Organizers (NAPO) and a member of APPO (Association of Personal Photo Organizers). Elaine may be reached at 908-630-8995 or firstname.lastname@example.org