A Better Kitchen By Sunday Evening

updated Jul 17, 2020
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The kitchen: a hardworking room of the home, one that gets cluttery and grimy quick. Getting it clean and organized can seem daunting, but don’t let that stop you from getting started! This weekend, aim for a healthy, realistic mix of time spent, energy expended and expectations and, rather than unattainable perfection, set your sights on getting this tough room to a better place before Monday. The upside to the challenge? We’re focusing on one room, and not worrying about anywhere or anything else.

This Weekend’s Assignments:

Bring home and enjoy your Weekly Flowers

Clean Your Kitchen and Declutter/Organize as You Go

Remember, this 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 favorite music playing, the right mindset in place and the extra time the weekend provides, it should be just fine – and you’ll be wowed by how good it feels to work in a cleaner, less crowded space.

To help you organize your time and your tasks, here is a checklist of chores to tackle:

Clean the fridge, inside and out. Get rid of the items that are expired/should be replaced.

Clean your cabinets, inside and out. Do a purge of the contents as you go, putting items you no longer use in the outbox. Think about getting rid of cookware, serving ware, dishes and glass ware that are:
Chipped, stained or mismatched, unless mismatching is intentional 🙂
Extra or unused
Edit the odds and ends that we all collect in our kitchen (mugs, I’m looking at you). If you notice that you are short on certain items, add a note to replace them to your list of projects.
Remove cookware you don’t use.

Clean all surfaces with a good earth-friendly surface cleaner.
Other Appliances, including countertop coffeemakers, mixers, etc

And, just like last weekend when we were tackling the floors, lets stick together and keep the energy up – use the comments to ask questions and support each other throughout your chores (definitely let us know when you are done) and, come Monday morning, we’ll all be making our tea in a cleaner kitchen!

Helpful Links:

• How to Clean & Organize a Refrigerator
How to Green Clean Grease from Kitchen Surfaces
• How To Clean Your Kitchen Sink
• How To Clean the Stove Naturally: A Tip
• Green Clean Makeover: The Kitchen
9 Steps to Arranging a Well-Organized Kitchen
• If you are ready to go above and beyond: Five Things We Never Think to Clean in the Kitchen
• For after the big clean: Tips for Keeping a Clutter-Free Kitchen

The January Cure Calendar:

Download our PDF to see the full upcoming schedule (and print it out if having a hard copy is helpful to you)

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