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Spring Cleaning Kitchen Plan

Kitchens are my very least favorite area of the house to spring clean.

There’s just so much elbow grease required because it’s, well, a room accumulating grease all through the year (unless you never cook, of course).So…let’s go ahead and get started with this one so you can cross it off your list.

Spring Cleaning Kitchen Plan Supplies

  • Glass cleaner
  • Vinegar and glass measuring cup
  • Ice cubes and salt
  • All purpose cleaner (a concentrated formula, with bleach, for the kitchen is my preference)
  • Grease cutting kitchen cleaner
  • Rags (either disposable or those that can be washed and re-used. Old cut-up t-shirts, wash cloths or small towels darner my collection)
  • Small bucket for water/cleaning solution
  • Spray bottle and grease cutting dish soap
  • Scouring pads
  • Paper towels
  • Broom
  • Basket for items not belonging in kitchen
  • Trash bag
  • Step-stool
  • Kitchen Sink/Hot Water/Dish Soap

Spring Cleaning Kitchen Plan of Attack

  1. Start by removing light fixture covers/globes and get them soaking in hot, soapy water (I soak mine in the bathtub actually because of the large size and to keep them out of the way while I may need to access the sink throughout this project)
  2. Start the clean function on oven (be sure to crack the kitchen window as this gets hot and stinky)
  3. Set a glass measuring cup with 1-1.5 cups of white vinegar in an EMPTY dishwasher and fire up the extra hot washing setting.
  4. Fill spray bottle with warm water and a few drops of dish soap
  5. Run broom along all 90 degree angels to knock down any cobwebs
  6. Starting toward the ceiling, mist walls (and ceiling, pending the status of your project) with warm water/soap and allow to sit for a minute or two.
  7. With a warm and damp rag, begin wiping down (you’ll probably need to add some elbow grease) misted areas and work your way toward the floor being sure to remember tops and fronts of appliances (i.e. fridge, microwave, etc.) and fronts of cabinets/cupboards. If you have especially tough grease build-up you may need to work over the area several times and/or use a tougher grease cutting solution. In most cases, however, the warm water and dish soap should do the trick.
  8. Wipe out inside of microwave.
  9. Fill bucket with warm water and concentrated cleaning solution.
  10. Wipe down counters with concentrated cleaning solution as well as the sink (if needed scrub sink with a scouring pad).
  11. Scrub light fixture covers/globes and set aside to dry
  12. Sweep floor
  13. Wipe down baseboards with concentrated cleaning solution
  14. Hand ‘mop’ floor using a clean rag and concentrated cleaning solution
  15. Wash windows and fronts of appliances with glass cleaner and paper towels
  16. When oven has cooled, wipe out inside to remove remaining ash
  17. Return light fixture covers/globes to light fixtures
  18. Pour out bucket of cleaning solution and spray bottle of water/soap. Rinse.
  19. Drop a handful of ice cubes and 1-2 Tbsp salt down the garbage disposal (you’re going to just let this sit and do it’s thing)
  20. Address items in basket not belonging in kitchen
  21. Put away cleaning supplies.
  22. Take trash to outside receptacle.

Optional Spring Cleaning Kitchen Tasks

  1. Empty and wipe down inside of fridge and freezer, tossing any spoilt or freezer burned food. Return food to unit in an organized fashion and include a new box of baking soda to keep both the fridge and freezer fresh.
  2. Empty and wipe down insides of cabinets and drawers, setting aside any items you no longer use that could be donated or sold.
  3. Empty and wipe down inside of pantry, tossing any expired or stale food items and setting aside food items you won’t eat (but that are still within expiration dates) that can be donated to a local food pantry

Spring cleaning the kitchen is a LOT of work. Pending the size of your kitchen, you may decide to split this large sized chore into several days (again, getting tired and doing the job half-assed part way through isn’t worth your time. Best to break the project up and tackle on separate occasions when you can come at it refreshed).

As I’ve mentioned, my Spring Cleaning is going to be minimal, at best, this year. That said, after taking a good look at my kitchen the last few days I’m thinking I might need to devise a plan to really get after that area.

If you remember, I didn’t get to the kitchen last year.

And it shows (if you look closely). I’m not sure it can handle two years without a good once over.

I’ll let you know how I go about this given my limited resources (i.e. time, energy, motivation for this kind of project).

Anything you might add to a Kitchen Spring Cleaning project? Is yours already done and we should all be VERY jealous?

-H

Photo Credit: Photo by Carl GARTMAN on Unsplash

Spring Cleaning Living Spaces

Have you gotten started on your Spring Cleaning 2019? How’s it coming along?

As I mentioned in this post, I won’t be tackling my spring cleaning quite as in depth this year but I also promised to finish up the series of posts that I left hanging last year…

Ugh. I know. I’m still shaking my head.

Today I come to you with a plan for addressing living spaces (and hallways). The plan is much the same as I discussed in spring cleaning bedrooms, with a few modifications.

Spring Clean Living Spaces Supplies Needed:

  • Glass cleaner
  • All purpose cleaner (a concentrated formula, without bleach, for the living spaces is my preference)
  • Mr Clean magic eraser
  • Rags (either disposable or those that can be washed and re-used. Old cut-up t-shirts, wash cloths or small towels darner my collection)
  • Small bucket for water/cleaning solution
  • Furniture polish
  • Paper towels
  • Broom
  • Basket for items not belonging in living spaces
  • Trash bag
  • Step-stool
  • Washing Machine/Detergent/White Vinegar
  • Ironing Board/Iron

Spring Cleaning Living Spaces Plan of Attack

  1. Start by taking down the curtains. Also remove globes from light fixture(s).
  2. Fire up the washing machine with the above items (double check that your curtains can be washed at home vs dry cleaned).
  3. Fill small bucket with warm water and all purpose cleaner.
  4. Fill kitchen sink with hot, soapy water and allow globes from light fixture to soak.
  5. Run broom across all 90 degree angles in room (i.e. where walls meet ceiling, corners of walls) to knock down any cobwebs
  6. Using a dry rag, knock down gathered dust from ceiling fan(s).
  7. Using a damp rag, wipe down ceiling fan blades. Hit the light fixture and any décor that can be wiped down while you’re at it. Don’t forget the tops of door jams, window trim, and baseboards. Set bucket and rags aside when done.
    Tips/Tricks: Work from ceiling to floor with dust removal so you aren’t dirtying areas already cleaned.
  8. Address any lingering marks on walls with a Mr Clean Magic Eraser.
  9. Plug in vacuum and using attachment with brush, vacuum off blinds and lampshades.
    Tips/Tricks: our blinds are fabric, if yours aren’t you will want to give them a wipe down with a wet rag.
  10. Use glass cleaner to wash any windows and mirrors.
  11. Return to laundry room and hang curtains outside to dry (or toss into dryer). Start another load, if needed.
  12. Stop by kitchen sink and wash light fixture globes. Set aside to dry.
  13. Vacuum carpet, including any furniture that doesn’t sit flush with the floor.
    Tips/Tricks: if your living spaces allow for re-arranging of furniture, this is an excellent time to do so, vacuuming all areas of carpet as you go
  14. Polish furniture with furniture polish and clean rag
  15. Iron curtains (if needed)
  16. Re-hang curtains
  17. Return light fixture globes to light fixture(s).
  18. Gather cleaning supplies and put away in their storage spot. Run trash outside (if you had any).
    Tips/Tricks: rags that I will be laundering gather in a basket once they have dried in the laundry room and once I complete all Spring cleaning I wash one load – with bleach. Yes, that’s a LOT of rags.
  19. Address items in “other room” basket.
    Tips/Tricks: I put away items that belong somewhere else IF that ‘somewhere else’ is where the item actually lives. If it doesn’t yet have a permanent home I leave it in the basket until a permanent home can be created — otherwise clutter is created elsewhere in the house and the item(s) are likely to end up back in that basket as I’m Spring Cleaning through the house

Pending how many living spaces you have in your house (we have three plus two stair cases and a hallway) and how much time and stamina you have this could be a one day project. Or you can split into several days.

Just be sure that when you do it – you do it right! Otherwise, what’s the point?

Hope your weather is holding up and leaving you motivated for whatever cleaning projects you have front of you.

We enjoyed a ridiculously beautiful weekend – complete with sunburns for mama and the two toddlers. I managed to do a Spring Clean of the covered porch (which was a mess two years in the making because I didn’t get to it last year).

It felt great to cross that one off the list AND to be in the sunshine and fresh air.

Yesterday the temps dropped 30-something degrees while moisture threatened to roll in off the mountains all day long.

This morning I woke to a blanket of snow covering the ground. So there you have it!

While I’d much rather have had another nice day of mild temps, the chill in the air forced me back inside to address folding the mountain of laundry I washed Sunday and other inside chores that went undone while we took advantage of a good thing all weekend long.

More to come on Garden 2019 here soon — soil was tilled this past weekend! I feel planting coming on!!

~H

Photo Credit: Photo by Outsite Co on Unsplash


Spring Cleaning 2019

Last year, about this same time, we were elbow deep in Spring Cleaning projects.

I had put together posts for spring cleaning plans for bathrooms and bedrooms. Next on my list was Kitchens (the worst room of all!) and Living Areas.

But I never got to it.

I never finished my own spring cleaning. I never published a <2 part> plan for tackling kitchens and a plan for living areas.

I disappeared from my blog and resided in hibernation until just recently.

Pushing through spring cleaning last year was a struggle. I started the project ON FIRE!! So full of motivation and energy thanks to the beautiful weather, and addition of beaming sunshine to our days. Then, seemingly overnight, I was so physically tired I honestly wondered if something was wrong with me.

Come to find out…I was pregnant.

Extreme fatigue was my biggest first (and well in to second) trimester pregnancy symptom. When I say extreme, I mean EXTREME. Not just “I need a little nap and I’ll feel better”. This was more like “how is it possible to be this tired and not be dead?” tired.

Thinking about moving a finger required effort.

Plus I had two toddlers to contend with.

I didn’t make a conscious decision to abandon the blog without one word. Truth is I was in freak out mode considering my pregnancy history. Plus extreme fatigue. Plus two toddlers.

I sort of resorted to doing the bare minimum around the house and garden (the garden was already planted – an effort I didn’t want to see completely wasted) and spent the rest of the time with my feet up…or I tried.

And, let us get real, the bare minimum around the house and garden and managing a family still requires a lot.

So, here we are. Spring 2019.

Do you have Spring Cleaning plans?

I’d like to think I do, but I’m really striving to be a realist at this point.

Executing a Spring Cleaning plan like the ones I posted last year would require three weeks without any children.

One week prior to rest up and recharge the batteries so I have enough energy and stamina to get through the various tasks.

One week to execute said plan.

One week on the back end to rest and get myself back together.

Since none of that will be an option my new plan is this: I’m going to do a little extra in each room, when time permits.

And I’m going to call it GOOD.

Because this is the season of life that I’m in and I’m going to embrace it!

If you want to really get after it and need some inspiration or ideas to get organized, here are the posts from last year:

Spring Cleaning, De-clutter & Organize
Spring Cleaning Bedrooms
Spring Cleaning Bathrooms

I’ll also get a post together for Living Areas and a 2 Part plan for Spring Cleaning Kitchens (plans I won’t be following myself, not this year anyway).

I’m curious: where do you stand with Spring Cleaning this year? Ready to get down and really tackle it like a pro, or doing a little extra and calling it good?