Monday, April 26, 2010

Spring Cleaning- Kitchen

Have I been horrible at taking my after pics?! I can't believe these weeks are just flying by. And so many more things to do. If I set aside chores (barn), kid's activities, and regular housecleaning, I would still have church things (Women's ministry party coming up in May, board meeting in 2 weeks- need to have board minutes done, worship team, nursery schedules made, small group, and finishing up the pictorial directory layout! ) and all of the unexpected things that come along. Am I singin' a tune anyone else knows? :)

Well, today start the biggest job I will have in my home. The kitchen.

But first, some "fun" facts for you today...
Top Ten Dirtiest things in Your Home:
This coming from

Several of these items you see here are found in the KITCHEN!

On another search of the GERMIEST places:
#1- Sponges (solution: run through dishwasher or in microwave)
#2- Women's purses (where do you set your purse when you potty in public? And then wash your hands?)
#3- Men's Wallets (you sit on them and keep them nice and warm...)
#4- Make-up Case
#5- Remote Control
#6- Pillows & Mattress (The average person sheds about 1.5 million skin cells per hour and perspires one quart per day while doing nothing...)
#7- Refillable liquid soap dispensers! (They suggest not to reuse them!)
#8- PDAs, Personal digital assistants ( like a Blackberry)
#9- Phones
#10- Bottoms of desks drawers (inside, because of food and things stored in desks)
#11- Computer Mouse
#12- Door Handles
These were compiled by Life Script.

You ready to clean yet?

So, let's get started:
  • Start with a general clean-up of your kitchen
  • Go cupboard by cupboard

- Take everything out, look at expirations, wipe down shelving, add shelf liners, reorganize

- Fix squeaky doors, add bumpers to doors so they don't slam shut

- Put "like" things together, so thing are more organized

- Put stockpiled items in a separate location???

- Consider taking inventory of what you have.

  • Take everything off of your counters- wipe down everything, remove anything that does not need to be there.
  • Wipe down all cupboard fronts
  • Clean all decorations, wipe down with damp cloth or wash in soapy water
  • Refrigerator

- Clean off top

- Take everything out (check expirations)

- Wipe down shelves, or take out and wash

- Put things back in, organize

- Add a box of baking soda, to take away odors

  • Freezer (clean out the same way as fridge)
  • Microwave (heat a cup of water with 1/2 cup of lemon juice for 2 minutes, then wipe down inside!)
  • Clean oven top and inside!
  • Clean oven vent hood.
  • Garbage Can- Clean out, wipe down, clean garbage area
  • Clean floors, windows, curtains

Dining Area

  • Thoroughly wipe down table tops and legs, underside
  • get a new centerpiece for spring or revive the old one!
  • Clean floors thoroughly
  • Clean decor
  • Get rid of anything that doesn't belong
  • Clean windows and curtains
  • Thought about saving money on napkins? Get cloth ones!
Oh, where to start! I guess with a general clean-up... Then my goals are to get some cupboards organized. I have been making a lot more food from scratch, and thus needing less of the "boxed" foods. So I need to reorganize the spaces where I kept some of the boxed items.

I also want to do a THOROUGH wipe down of everything. I did this about a month ago actually. I caught a mouse under my sink (the "entry point" is where I keep all of my cleaners!), and it grossed me out so much, I cleaned and wiped down a bunch at that time. I want to do this again, and extend it to other parts of my kitchen.

What is YOUR plan? Please share in the comments section, or by linking up!


New York Mold inspections said...

You have a hard work regime to fall back upon.It is good to be up and busy and the sweet sunshine in the spring gives all a better energy to go about the chores big and small.