Spring Cleaning Ideas for the Kitchen

How to tackle the kitchen for spring cleaning
“Cleanliness is next to Godliness”, or so the saying goes. That quote doesn’t show up in any scriptures as far as we know. However, some of the earliest known traditions of spring cleaning seem to stem from religious or spiritual practices. The Persian new year begins on the first day of spring, and they would clean everything in the house to start the year fresh. Ancient Jewish tradition involved a heavy cleaning routine just before Passover which happens in early Spring. The Catholic church typically cleans the altar and surrounding area just before Good Friday which is also in springtime.

So let’s take a look at how you can give your kitchen a heavenly glow. Roll up those sleeves, and let the spring cleaning begin!

How to Organize Your Kitchen

Hold on a second. We’re supposed to be cleaning. What’s this organization bit doing here? If you really want to get your kitchen clean and make it easier to keep it that way throughout the year, you need to start with a good plan. Here are some tips to keep in mind as you plan, sort and clean.

  • Store like items in the same spots. You’ll spend less time scrambling from cabinet to cabinet when cooking or setting the table if pots and pans are in one place and plates and cups are in another. Try to arrange food items the same way in the pantry, fridge and cabinets. Your smaller pots can sit inside larger ones to save on space, and we’re sure you’re already stacking those bowls and plates.
  • Stow cleaning supplies down low. Under the sink is a great place to keep your cleaning supplies. When you’re finished scrubbing the pans and dishes at the sink, your cleaning solutions for the counter are at arm’s reach. If you have small children, make sure to childproof the cabinet.
  • Make a list. Check it twice. You don’t want to forget to clean something or end up cleaning it twice because you can’t remember whether you did or not. Write down your plan of action, and refer to it as you go. Checking off items has the added bonus of helping you better visualize just how far you’ve come!

Kitchen Spring Cleaning Guide

You don’t have to follow these steps in exact order. Think about your kitchen and what works best for you. As you work, a good principle to remember is to start at the top and work your way down. If dust or debris falls on the surface below, no problem! You get another chance to catch it on the counter or sweep it off the floor. If you work the other direction, you’ll probably end up having to clean a few spots twice.

While you clean and sort, be on the lookout for any expired items or broken dishes. Take this opportunity to clean out what you can.

  1. Cabinets and Drawers: Check the tops of cabinets for any dust bunnies or other nasty surprises. Then, empty the cabinets (one section at a time), and give them a good scrubbing inside and out. Return the contents to the shelves or drawer, and check it off your list. Progress!
  2. Appliances: With the fridge, you’ll be doing the same thing. Empty an area, and then remove the shelf or drawer if possible. You can take it to the sink for a good scrub and rinse. Repeat until your refrigerator is clean from top to bottom. Then, tackle the stove, microwave and any other smaller appliances you may have in the same fashion.
  3. Finishing touches: Once you’ve finished using the counters for temporary staging areas during the cleaning and reorganizing phases above, wipe those down. By now, you’ve probably washed and rinsed everything, so clean out the sink. Finish things off by sweeping and mopping the floor. Now, check your list. Did you forget anything? Of course not, because you stuck to your plan!

Household Storage

When you were cleaning out some of the clutter, did you find some items you want to keep—just not inside the house? You’re in luck! Canal Road Self Storage has self-storage units in a variety of sizes to fit your needs. From space for a few household items all the way up to RV storage, we’ve got you covered. We also have moving supplies, so you can pick up a few boxes, packing tape and more when you tour the facility. We even offer a free truck for local moves to help you get items to and from your unit. Stop by 700 Canal Road, or give us a call at (912) 262-1999 to discuss your storage needs.


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