The Inside or Out Plan: A Realistic Kitchen Refresh

The Inside or Out Plan: A Realistic Kitchen Refresh

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Janel Laban
Jan 8, 2016
(Image credit: Natalie Jeffcott)

For this weekend's assignment we're heading into the kitchen, which is always a big room to tackle during the Cure. But, this time around, I want as many of us as possible to keep moving and not give up. I want to make sure that everyone's kitchen is in a better (which doesn't mean "perfect") place by Sunday night, but that you don't burn out on the overall Cure. So, lets go for a realistic amount of time spent by choosing one way to go with your weekend assignment: inside or out.

This Weekend's Assignments:

Bring home and start enjoying your weekly flowers.

Choose an "inside or out" track and get started.

Remember, the Cure is about investing time now to create a better home for you to enjoy all year - it's not about perfection, but improvement. Each kitchen task you complete will make the space that much more effective, attractive and simply a nicer place to spend time working and relaxing in.

With some music or a podcast playing and the right mindset in place it should be just fine - and you'll be wowed by how good it feels to work in a cleaner, less crowded space. So, figure out which way you want to go:

For those who feel that the general exterior surfaces of your kitchen are in good shape, choose the "inside" track and focus more on organization.

For those who feel that their kitchen could use some attention on the "outside" at this point, choose that track and focus more on cleaning.

Remember, just choose one:


To Get Your Kitchen Organized on the Inside:

Clear out the fridge. Get rid of the items that are expired/should be replaced.

Clear out your cabinets and drawers. Do a purge of the contents, putting items you no longer use in the outbox. Think about getting rid of cookware, servingware, dishes, utensils, small appliances, tools and glassware that are:
  • Chipped, stained or mismatched, unless mismatching is intentional :)
  • No longer used regularly
  • Worn out or broken
  • Things you've been holding on to for a while now for future use, but never actually use

Edit down the odds and ends that we all collect in our kitchen (mugs, I'm looking at you) to a reasonable amount of ones that you truly like.

If you notice that you are short on certain necessary items or need to replace something that you are getting rid of due to breakage, etc. add a note to replace them to your list of projects.

- OR -


To Get Your Kitchen Clean on the Outside:

Declutter all surfaces.

Get the sink gleaming.

Clean the outside of all big appliances: stove, hood, fridge, dishwasher. Do the same for any smaller appliances (microwave, toaster, mixer, blender) that are out on your counters

Wipe down all counter and cabinet surfaces with a good earth-friendly surface cleaner.

Clean the trash can, inside and out.

You can always do the "other" plan at some point in the near future - if you'd like, you can even add it to your list. Don't worry - you'll get to it - and it won't be a big deal when you do, because the other half of the work will already be done.

And, just like last weekend when we were tackling the floors, lets stick together and keep the energy up - use the comments to support each other throughout your chores (definitely let us know which track you choose, how it's going and let us know when you are done) and, come Monday morning, we'll all be making our tea in a "new" kitchen!

  • See all the assignments: January Cure Main Page
  • Download the calendar: January Cure 2016
  • Share your progress on Instagram: #thejanuarycure
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