One of the most dreaded parts of spring cleaning is, without a doubt, cleaning and organizing the kitchen. It always seems to end up being the last thing on my list because I put it off over and over, perhaps hoping that my fairy godmother will show up, wave her wand, and poof – sparkling clean kitchen! Either my fairy godmother is on hiatus or she hates cleaning as much as I do because year after year she continues to be a no-show.
Since I can’t rely on magic, I will once again have to take on the chore of the kitchen myself so I went in search of some tips on how to get through it as painlessly and quickly as possible. What I found was that everyone has a tip, trick or handy dandy checklist for cleaning the kitchen and I chose a few of my favorites to share.
The Ultimate One-Hour Kitchen Cleanse – Cleanses are “in” these days whether it’s a juice cleanse, detox cleanse, negativity cleans, or any number of other trends. So, it came as no surprise that one of my favorite articles to help with kitchen cleanup was this one from HGTV. This cleanse breaks down the toughest chores in the kitchen into 15 minute mini jobs to help you focus and get done quickly.
Spring Cleaning the Kitchen by Martha Stewart – From tips on storage to tricks on cleaning things like your coffee grinder, this list ticks off many of the things we never even think of. As always, Martha has some great ideas to help you limit the clutter and maximize your space in the kitchen.
Need a more in-depth checklist to make sure you don’t miss anything? The Intense Kitchen Clean Up from The Spruce and Kitchn’s Spring Cleaning Checklist are just what you need. These checklists get down to the nitty gritty when it comes to cleaning up your kitchen. They cover everything from dusting the corners near the ceiling to cleaning blackened areas of your baking pans and can help you keep on track with all the things you need to get done. A great one to print out and make notes of your own is Eating Well’s Kitchen Spring-Cleaning Checklist.
Decluttering the Kitchen and Decluttering the Refrigerator by HGTV are great places to start when trying to free up space and make organization a bit easier in your kitchen. Then, once the decluttering is done, it’s time to organize. These 24 Smart Organizing Ideas for the Kitchen from Real Simple will help you find a place for everything and put everything in it’s place.
Now that your kitchen is clean and organized, how do you keep it that way? This Printable Kitchen Cleaning Checklist breaks the tasks down into daily, weekly and monthly chores and help you track what should be cleaned when. Or, if you prefer more of a step-by-step approach that maximizes your cleaning effectiveness, check out this Step-By-Step Plan to a Clean Kitchen from Real Simple.
I’ve found that checklists make things easier for me to track and plan. They save me time in the long run and help me stay on top of everything. But, the most effective way to maintain a clean and organized kitchen is to have the right design, layout, cabinets, appliances and more. When you have enough storage space and utilize it correctly, it can make a huge difference in keeping your kitchen clean.
If your kitchen is lacking enough space or doesn’t have a layout that makes chores easier, give us a call at 714-558-1094 or fill out the form on our contact page and let’s talk about how we can help you design a kitchen remodel that will do all that and more!