Monday, March 29, 2010
Spring Cleaning: Room One- the center of the family
I am hoping that I can provide a plan that you guys can follow at your own pace. I'd like to, for the next few weeks, post one room a week. You can either take care of that room in one day, or like I will, focus on that room for the whole week...doing it little by little. I know that sometimes I am in the mood to just keep going, and others I want nothing to do with a broom!
So, stay tuned every Monday for a new room, but for today...
Let's start with the kitchen:
:make sure to throw out any old food that you haven't use in about 6 months, and that you honestly have no intention of using any time soon. Donate it! There are plenty of people who would appreciate this tremendously.
-be sure to put whatever you use most towards the front of the cabinet, and everything that you do not use too much towards the back.
- put like things together, it will make it look better and also help with organization.
-don't forget,before putting everything back in the cabinets you are going to want to wipe down the cabinets.
-This was my least favorite. It's likely that you have at some point in the past year had some old food sitting around...therefore you will be left with a smelly gross refrigerator. Now is a good time to empty the whole thing, scrub down the shelving and the drawers and only put in the fresh food. Also, put a box of baking soda in there if you don't already. For this I used baking soda and White vinegar, your food is going to be in this place so you don't want to use anything too harsh
-Go in the freezer and take out anything that you don't think you will defrost.
Toaster Oven and appliances
-This is one of the hardest things to clean! But once it's finished put some aluminum foil under the rack to catch any future crumbs.
-wipe down the microwave
-Use a mixture of white vinegar and water to clean the coffee pot, run a cycle with this and then do about 2-3 follow up cycles with just plain water.
-I LOVE Mr. Clean white sponges, I used them to go around the base of the kitchen )if you have white base boards) and cleaned up. They are sparkling! We usually forget this spot in the kitchen, but it definitely makes the floor and walls look better. If you have white walls, touching up with this is great.
-Next, really scrub the floor, use cleaning supplies if you usually only use water.
-Wipe these down, both inside and out.
Why not sanitize that gross garbage can, ugh, yeah who wants to do that? But you'll thank yourself later, we don't realize how smelly this can actually get.
finally, clean the sink and counters...baking soda and white vinegar will do the job.
Next, we'll focus on the living areas and dining room.