As I have previously posted, I am starting the Organised Domestic Housewifey Challenge to get your home into shape and running smoothly before February! It’s where I will be completely revamping and cleaning a room a day for as long as it takes to make me feel and make you feel like your living space is brand new, in less than two weeks.
We are having a big 30th birthday bash for my hubby at the end of January and I am having it completely catered (eeeek exciting!!) so I am focusing on getting the house ready for guests, as good an excuse as any to do a thorough clean.
So I had a good think about which room in the house to start with. It had to motivate us to keep going. It had to be the best place in your house to reap that initial reward of your hard work. It has to be the heart of your home.
And then I realised the room was the Kitchen. And it is a massive job. Like this is a mammoth task, I feel like this is a mammoth post. Please don’t be put off by either. The next posts won’t be this long, and I can guarantee once you have done this to your kitchen, you are going to want to keep going with the rest of your home. AND you are going to be happier to cook in the space you have. I just walked into my pantry before and I thought ‘ahhhh so niiiiice!’ So worth it.
So I got to work. It took me a little longer than one day, but if I can get this done over two days, with a Toddler and a Baby, you can too!
Here is the checklist…
– Put all dirty dishes in the dishwasher and turn it on (or the equivalent of cleaning and drying dishes if you don’t have one) You want to have everything put in its place so you don’t clean and have to find room for everything that was in the dishwasher later.
– Fill sink with hot soapy water.
– I am a firm believer that your kitchen has to flow for you to enjoy using it. You need to seriously and strategically think what function your Kitchen has. I’m a big believer that the Kitchen is meal prep only, so to be a dumping ground for anything else (keys, wallet, bills) is a no no for me, so I don’t have area’s in my kitchen set up for that.
I have in the drawers and cupboards near my coffee machine and kettle, tea bags, tea cups, mugs and anything I can easily grab that I might need to use to make a hot beverage.
There are meal prep area’s, appliance storage area’s, saucepans near the oven, and utensils near the stove. Before you start, have a good think of where you want everything to be. If it doesn’t flow well and you want to completely re hash the area, the best idea is to pull everything out of the kitchen so it’s empty, wipe down and every surface and then gradually put everything back into its new place. You need the bench space to do kitchen work, but it should also be a beautiful workable space. A sparse kitchen may give you a good mental space to prep, but I believe in having a beautiful environment, and I also believe in having appliances accessible so you will use them more.
You Will Need
Spray and Wipe / Windex / Jif
Vinegar and Water in a spray bottle
Stainless Steel Cleaner (Spray or Wipes)
Pine-o-cleen / Dettol Wipes
I like to start from the top down, so then I don’t clean the floor four times before I’m finished.
– Remove all items from inside the upper cupboards
– Wipe down the cupboards, including the face and inside face of the doors.
– Restack and rehash your cupboards
– Wipe down the top of the fridge, the face of the fridge, and give your rangehood a good clean
– Remove everything from your bench tops.
– Wipe down your bench tops thoroughly. I used the hot soapy water, then spray and wipe followed by the water again.
– Wash your splashback thoroughly. I have glass so I used hot soapy water, then spray and wipe, followed by windex, followed by vinegar and water spray. It’s a lot, but it is sparkling!
– Clean down your stovetop. If you have glass, I would do the same as I did for the glass splashback. If you have stainless steel, I would sponge it down, clean it with vinegar and water, then finish with a stainless steel cleaner.
– Clean your oven. Wipe down the outside and clean the inside with a good wipe down as well.
– Wash everything on your benchtops, and place them back onto the bench. Re-hash if necessary.
– Fill your sinks with some bleach and water and leave to soak for a short period of time so they come up sparkling.
– Remove everything, cupboard by cupboard, drawer by drawer
– Wash down the cupboards, including the faces of the cupboards and drawers
– Clean appliances and place back into cupboards, organising them as you go
– Bin / Give Away / Sell anything you haven’t used in awhile. If there are appliances you don’t use anymore, it’s time to hit up gumtree or give them away.
– Take out the insert in your cutlery drawer and give it a good wash. We put clean cutlery in this drawer and forget that it tends to get quite dirty, and we are putting that straight in our mouths.
Utensil Drawer AFTER
– Your tupperware cupboard / drawer, and the cupboard / drawer under your sink, tend to be a catchment area for crap, they can fill up and look messy really quickly, and be a real frustration point in your kitchen. There is no way to solve this, but my best advice is to keep both area’s to a minimum. Remove anything you don’t use and find another place for it or get rid of it entirely. No point wasting precious storage space for things that don’t get used, or rubbishy things like excess plastic bags and old containers.
Cupboard under sink – BEFORE
Cupboard under sink – AFTER
– Remove everything from your pantry
- Wipe down the shelves, including the pantry door
– Remove expired items before putting them back in the pantry
– Group items in your pantry. In my case I have alcohol, baking, dinner items (such as pasta, rice quinoa), breakfast items (such as spreads, toast, breads and cereals) and a snack tub. Howards Storage World has great solutions for your pantry needs, including these great tubs, that can be stacked on top of each other.
Pantry Before and After – totally ‘Sleeping with the Enemy’ now… Only the people who have seen this old Julia Roberts film know what I’m talking about!
– Remove everything from your fridge
– Wipe down the shelves, including the pull out fridge drawers
– Remove expired items before putting them back in the fridge
– Keep healthy snacks, like your fruit and veg visible. You’ll eat more, so they won’t go off more in the tub. And it’s healthier for you. Win win. I keep mine in a large colander on the shelf that’s at my eye level and it works really well.
– Remove everything from your freezer
– Wipe down the shelves, including the pull out drawers
– Remove expired items before putting them back
– Invest in a sharpie and proper storage bags, so you know what your frozen stuff is and how long it’s been in there for.
I love my kitchen, but it hasn’t always had all this storage space. What helped hugely (other than putting in the top row of cupboards) was buying a hall stand and a buffet table, both kept out of the kitchen. The hall stand houses keys, wallets, sunglasses and bits and bobs, like bills, that usually end up on the kitchen counter. The buffet houses an entire crockery set, some cookbooks, my good cutlery and placemats and coasters. It is so handy t0 have right near the dinner table, as it makes setting it a breeze, and I gained THREE drawers from the one small furniture item.
Extra things to consider…
– heavy items should not be kept in high or hard to reach places
– See through cabinets have to be immaculate. That’s why glass wear works so well for this space. Dark items in these cupboards especially will just mess up the feel and look of the kitchen. So show off your gorgeous champagne and wine glasses.
– Clean your bin.
– Clean your lighting, such as pendant lights.
– Replace your sponge and replace it regularly. There is nothing mankier. Ugh.
Kitchen – AFTER
Kitchen – AFTER