With the “Holiday Season” just around the corner, it is now more important than ever to organize your kitchen to make it the best place to prepare meals, snacks, and desserts, as well as work on fun projects with your kids. Continue reading to learn the best ways to clean up and organize your home’s most important room!
1. Clean Out Your Refrigerator and Freezer
Sometimes we buy something at the grocery store thinking it will be a fantastic purchase that we’ll use up in no time, but often these things accumulate in the back of the refrigerator or in the bottom of the crisper over the course of a couple of months.
Now that the holidays are upon us, it’s best to do a thorough cleaning of this appliance to ensure we can make the best use of it in the Fall and Winter to come. Start by taking out everything you no longer use or that has expired. Then working from top to bottom, clean every shelf with a disinfecting cleanser to ensure that your refrigerator is as clean as can be. Repeat this process for your freezer, and make sure to clean your ice collector to give it a fresh start.
If you’re anything like me, this will leave your refrigerator with about a third the amount of clutter and much cleaner!
2. Organize Pots and Pans
In my home, after a couple of months, the pots and pans usually end up in a big mess in their drawers, making it very difficult to find the right equipment when I want it. The holiday season is the perfect time to clear up your pots and pans. This also presents you with an opportunity to get rid of equipment you do not use. Anything you haven’t used in the past year NEEDS to be thrown away!
Optionally, you could use this time to buy a new set of pots and pans. I did this recently and the newest pans I bought work fantastically!
3. Clean Under the Sink
In many houses, the cabinet under the sink can seem like a chemical and biological hazard zone, not something you want to deal with during the holiday season. So before we are deep into Christmas music, trees, and trips to the mall, why not set some time aside so that you can finally clean out that cabinet?
4. Clean the Oven
Most ovens have a self-cleaning mode, but in preparation for all of the baking and cooking you are sure to do over the next few months, you should take the time to scrape up any thoroughly burnt food scraps lying on the bottom of your oven, and wipe down all of the surfaces to make your oven the cleanest it can be for a wonderful holiday season.
5. Organize Drawers, Cabinets, Cellars, Etc.
On top of tackling all of the major equipment and appliances, you’ll want to take the time to organize your drinkware, china, silverware, spices, drink cabinet, coffee supplies, Tupperware, and anything else you have around your kitchen.
The deeper you can clean your kitchen, the better time you will have when you are preparing meals and other things.
One of the added benefits to cleaning out your kitchen is you will be reminded of the places you’ve kept things. If you had trouble finding your vanilla extract last month, or couldn’t quite remember where your bottle of cooking sherry went, now you will know where everything is and will be prepared for when you need something during your cooking and baking.