2.01.2016

February Challenge - Organizing & Cleaning the Kitchen

Hi all!

We're into February now, which means we will be organizing & cleaning our kitchens!  

How did you do with the January Challenge?  If you did everyday last month, awesome, good for you! Pat yourself on the back.  If not, don't worry, we'll be organizing basically everything throughout the year.  Remember, a little bit of organizing in your home is WAY better than none at all.  You are more organized this year than you were last year and that is huge. 


Organizing & Cleaning the Kitchen

There are oodles of ways to organize a kitchen.  You must create a space that will work for you and your family.  Now is a good time to step back, look at your entire kitchen and figure out what will be the best way to organize it, in a way that will work for you.

For a little kitchen inspiration, I'm including some links to blog posts that I've written up in the past. Simply click the link beneath the photo to be directed to the full blog post.















The process to Organizing a Kitchen consists of 4 easy steps...

1 - Remove Everything
Take everything out one at a time, group like items together on the counters or tables.

2 - Wipe it Down
Wipe down the entire interior and exterior of the space with hot soapy water. Doors, shelves and drawers.

3 - Purge
Simplify - Throw out expired foods, donate any items that you no longer use or need.

4 - Place Items Back In
Keeping like items together (just as you grouped them together when you took them out) place items in baskets, bins, containers, jars, etc. (if possible) and place back into your zoned spaces, keeping categories together.


Solutions, Tips & Tricks in the Kitchen

Create Zones in the kitchen - Prep Zone - Cooking Zone - Baking Zone -Cleaning Zone
Storage Zone - Food Zone

Tupperware or glass jars are great for storing dry foods

Use a basket to store packet items

Seperate Lids from Bases

Use Pots & Pans Dividers, Baking Sheet Racks, Lid Dividers or Lid Racks

Use a Knife Block or Mount a Magnetic Knife Rack on the Wall in the Prep Zone

Drawer Organizers are great for organizing utensils, kitchen tools and junk drawers

Get Creative with Spices. Mount a magnetic spice rack to the wall.

Baskets are great for containing like items together in the pantry, cabinets and even under the kitchen sink

Magazine holders work great to keep cookbooks organized

If you have a smaller pantry add a clear plastic over the door shoe organizer for more food storage

Lazy Susan rounders are perfect use for corners

Island carts  add more counter space and more storage space as well

Add open shelves on the wall and store pretty jars filled with flour, sugar, brown sugar, oats, etc.

Create a coffee bar or coffee station

Use command hooks to hang gloves inside the cabinet door under the kitchen sink

Mount a basket inside the cabinet under the kitchen sink to hold sponges

Store plastic bags, saran wrap, tin-foil etc. in a drawer near the refrigerator

Use a lower drawer or cabinet that children can reach and organize childrens cups, plates and bowls.  Use baskets to seperate the cups, lids, plates and bowls

Hard to reach spaces in a cabinet is the perfect place to store items that you don’t use often  (small appliances, crockpot, roasting pan, serving dishes, party platters, etc.)

Remove most everything off the front of the refrigerator door.  It’ll make a big difference in how “clean” the kitchen looks.

Command Center - create a command center in your kitchen. 

KEEP counters clear - if you don’t use it daily, store it elsewhere.  Clean and clutter free counters will keep the kitchen feeling clean and organized

To keep a clean kitchen, practice these everyday chores: afer each meal, clear the counters and wipe them down. Do the dishes in the morning and load throughout the day. Put the dishwasher going in the evening.  Sweep or vaacum the kitchen in the evening.

So there you have it.  Tips, Trick & Solution to a cleaner, more organized kitchen. 

Now onto the kitchen checklist... I've created a FREE printable for you to print out for this February Challenge.  Print the list and check off the items as you finish them.


(simply click HERE to print the checklist)

Looking for more kitchen organizing inspiration?  You'll find lots of kitchen posts on my Organizing Page.


This post is part of the Monthly Organization Challenge. You can join the challenge at any time. Go HERE to see all the posts and bring Delightful Order to your home and life this year.

To stay connected, you can sign up to receive emails when new posts are published or follow along on Instagram or Facebook. (Please note that Facebook has made some changes, and you may or may not see all the posts there.)  I also have a Monthly Organization Challenge board set up on Pinterest, so you can follow along there as well. 

May you be a little inspired!
Until next time,
DaNita 
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