A Clean Kitchen for the Holidays
by Charlotte Siems
‘Tis the season for cooking….so now is the time to prepare your kitchen for heavy duty! This week our family plans to spend a day in the kitchen together, but we won’t be cooking. We’ll set aside several hours to work alongside each other to get the kitchen ready for all of the upcoming cooking for Thanksgiving and Christmas.
It’s time to do some deep cleaning and decluttering, beyond the normal everyday maintenance!
Pardon me while I make a list of what needs to be done:
- Declutter drawers and cabinets (brace ourselves, pull everything out, get rid of stuff we don’t need or use)
- Wipe out drawers and cabinets
- Wash outside of cabinets
- Clean inside and outside window glass
- Wash curtains
- Declutter the pantry, removing all items that are not food or kitchen-related (funny how those things migrate to the pantry!)
- Wipe pantry shelves
- Replace pantry items and re-organize
- Make new labels for the shelves if needed
- Clean the oven
- Deep-clean countertops, stovetop, sink
- Clean the refrigerator, inside and out
- Wipe down baseboards
- Clean wall behind trash can
- Clean windowsills
- Clean blinds
- Hand-clean the floor (dividing up sections and racing against the timer!)
- Rent a new movie and eat pizza for supper!
Out of all these tasks, decluttering will make the biggest difference (well, besides soap and water). Cleaning out all the I-don’t-know-what-to-do-with-this-so-I’ll-stick-it-in-the-pantry stuff will free up space and my mind.
Getting the clutter out of your life can and will rid you of more discouragement, tiredness and boredom than anything else you can do. ~ Don Aslett
Can you think of anything to add to the list? Let me know in the comments below!