Spring Cleaning – Room #1: The Kitchen
Your home is your sanctuary and should always feel as such. Spring has sprung and with it comes the cleaning that comes with it. Get ready! You are about to start your journey to a cleaner, happier home this year. We begin with the room you spend a lot of your day in. There is a lot of nooks and crannies that collect dirt, dust and grease. Miss nothing this year with this great kitchen cleaning checklist.
- Start from the top-down. By starting from the top, you won’t have to go back over your steps. Don’t neglect your light fixtures, and check for burned out or old bulbs that need replacing. You’ll want your kitchen to shine brightly when you’re done with it!
- Clean all of your cabinets from top to bottom and inside and out. Pay special attention to those above your stovetop where grease sticks the most.
- Wipe down all of your countertop. Be sure to scrub the grout if you have tiled counters.
- Use soap and water to clean your sink, then run the disposal with some citrus rinds to remove any smells that are lurking.
- Clean and organize your pantry. Your shelves could be hiding items that have been there a while. Throw away any expired food and reorganize so you have easy access to items you use daily.
- Don’t neglect your appliances. Everything from your microwave to your toaster oven should be dusted and surfaces cleaned with soap and water. Do a deep-clean on these items that are often left to collect dust.
- Go through your utensils, cutting boards and mixing bowls and donate old kitchen supplies. Since it’s time for spring clean-up, you may want to get some new items to show and use in your sparkling kitchen. Soak and clean all items you retain so they are as clean as the rest of the room.
- The floors come last. All of the dust, grime and crumbs that you’ve just cleaned will end up on the floor. Vacuum and mop thoroughly to remove any stains or spills.
One room down! Now, you should be in the spirit to continue. You be the judge on whether you want to tackle another room, or break up your cleaning over several days so it can be done thoroughly and completely. Next up, the Dining Room. Stay tuned!