CUSTOM KITCHEN ORGANIZATION: GET A CLEANER KITCHEN THIS SPRING

April 17, 2015

Organized Pantry

Spring cleaning is in full swing, from the master bedroom to the hall closet to the garage. What about the kitchen? You can’t neglect the heart of your home where family and friends gather to sample delicious food. Whether you’re hoping to make your kitchen more functional or simply improve its appearance, follow this custom kitchen organization guide for a cleaner kitchen this spring.

CLEAR THE COUNTERS AND DRAWERS
First, start with a little de-cluttering. Assess the counters and remove anything you don’t need. This includes clutter such as newspaper and mail items as well as small appliances you don’t use often that clutter the countertop.

Then open up the drawers and decide whether they could use attention. Junk drawers tend to get out of control quickly. Gut any kitchen junk drawers you have and organize the contents so it’s easy to find what you’re looking for. Drawer dividers are helpful to prevent small items from rolling around.

EMPTY THE REFRIGERATOR
Throw out anything that smells funny or has fuzzy mold growing on it. Don’t forget to check expiration dates on items such as salad dressing and condiments. Throw away anything past its date.

With the fridge empty, wipe down the shelves with a paper towel and nontoxic, all-purpose cleaner. Soak removable compartments in soapy water. Dry them thoroughly before putting them back where they go.

DEEP CLEAN THE KITCHEN
Now turn your attention to places you don’t usually clean, such as the microwave, oven, stovetop, dishwasher, garbage can, sink and counter areas beneath small appliances. Don a pair of rubber gloves and have at these grimy, dusty surfaces!

CLEAN OUT THE PANTRY
Throw out items that are needlessly taking up space, such as near-empty bags of chips, stale cereal and moldy bread. Wipe the shelves to remove dust and food residue.

Now it’s time to reorganize the pantry with custom storage solutions. Pull-out pantry shelves ensure items never become lost in the back. Custom pantry cabinets also help you get more out of the space.

ORGANIZE THE COUNTERTOP
Ample counter space keeps the kitchen looking clean and makes it more functional when it’s time to make a meal. Store non-essentials elsewhere and only leave the most-used small appliances out, such as the toaster or blender if you use these every morning. Anything that doesn’t get daily use should be stored in the pantry or cupboard.

For example, do you keep bottles of wine out? With a storage solution such as a wine rack in the pantry, you can free up prime real estate on the kitchen counter.

With these simple steps complete, you’ll find your kitchen is cleaner and more organized this spring than ever before!

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