Creating a Life Free From Chaos

Sparkling Clean Kitchen: 8 Weeks at Home Series

Welcome back to week 3 of the 8 Weeks at Home Series! We’re spending eight weeks decluttering, simplifying and cleaning up room by room in preparation for summer. So far, we’ve decluttered and cleaned the bathroom, and then we streamlined and cleaned the living room. Then we headed to the kitchen to declutter and streamline the heart of our home, plus I shared a video with tips on organizing your fridge. I’m a little late getting back, but now I’m going to share tips for cleaning your newly streamlined kitchen.

In this series, I’ll do two posts per week for each room. In the first post, we’ll talk about decluttering and simplifying. In the second post, we’ll clean it all up and get it looking nice and shiny. While you’re working in each space, keep some paper and a pen handy and make note of any repairs that need to be made, any supplies that need to be restocked, or any decorating changes you’d like to make. As you decide to get rid of stuff, remove it from the space right away and get it out of the house ASAP so that it doesn’t worm its way back into the space. Take out bags of trash and recycling daily so they don’t pile up in your workspace.


Shiny Clean Kitchen

Now that you’ve gotten rid of all the extra stuff that was creating chaos in your kitchen, cleaning it should be a bit simpler. I’ll walk you through it in eight easy steps, starting at the top and working our way down.

  1. If you’ve got dirty dishes laying around, gather them up and either load the dishwasher or get them soaking in a sink of hot soapy water.
  2. If your upper cabinets are grimy, grab an all-purpose spray and a rag and wipe off all the fronts. I often make my own spray cleaner and add a couple drops of peppermint or lemon essential oil for extra cleaning power — plus it smells terrific!
  3. Next up, counters — working in sections, clear off everything from the counter and wipe it off with all-purpose cleaner and a clean rag. Replace items one by one, wiping off each appliance as you return it. Consider which small appliances can live in a cabinet instead of on the counter — less stuff on the counter keeps the kitchen looking cleaner. Work your way around the kitchen cleaning counters in sections and replacing needed items after wiping them off.
  4. Clean the microwave by placing a coffee cup of white vinegar in the microwave and heating it for about 2 minutes. When it’s done, pull the mug out and use a clean rag to wipe out the microwave, dipping a bit of your cloth in the cup of vinegar when you need a little extra cleaning power (watch out, the vinegar is HOT!) Don’t dump out that vinegar just yet.
  5. Now clean the top of the stove, using your all-purpose spray and a rag.* If you’ve got burned-on spots that stubbornly stick around, place a rag over the spot and pour some of that hot vinegar on it, letting it soak for a couple of minutes — the spot should wipe right off. *If you have a flat ceramic cooktop, follow your manufacturer’s instructions for cleaning — you may need a specialty cleaner for your cooktop.
  6. So now the upper cabinets, counters, microwave and stove top are clean. Grab your all-purpose spray and wipe off drawer fronts and the bottom cabinet doors.
  7. Wash the dishes, either by hand or by dishwasher.
  8. Clean the floor — sweep it up and then mop the floor. I like to add a few drops of lemon essential oil for extra degreasing power. You’re done!

Next week: We’re creating a sanctuary in the master bedroom.

Looking for the rest of the 8 Weeks at Home series? Post links will be added here as they’re published!

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