The Simple, One-Step-at-a-Time Way to Overhaul Your Kitchen

published Jan 12, 2018
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It’s finally the weekend! Whether you’ve been doing the Cure for a week or a decade, you know that weekends on the Cure are about two things: Treating yourself to flowers and taking the extra time to tackle a big (but necessary) job. So that’s what we’re doing.

Today’s “big job” target is the kitchen — which I know is a capital-b Big Job. So, as in Cures past, we’re giving you a choose-your-own-adventure option that ensures you spend a doable and realistic amount of time working through the space. The goal isn’t perfection — it’s about making sure that you end the weekend with an improved kitchen situation, in some small (or big) way.

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This Weekend’s Assignment:

First, treat yourself to flowers (or a houseplant, or fruit — whatever is going to put a spring in your proverbial step this week).

Then, get started on refreshing the kitchen by choosing either an “inside” or “outside” track.

If you who feel that the exterior surfaces of your kitchen are already in pretty good shape, choose the “inside” track which will 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.


  • Clear out the fridge. Get rid of the items that are expired and wipe down the shelves, replacing just the items that are still fresh and usable in an organized fashion.
  • 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 broken, worn out, or go unused.
  • 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.


  • 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.

It’s really ok to choose just one. There is plenty of time to finish the other track another time (you can even add it to your project list if you’d like). Don’t stress — you’ll get to it. And it’ll be easier to handle (and more satisfying to finish) when you do, since the other half of the work is already done.

Just like last weekend, let’s stick together through this mission and keep each other motivated to work through and improve our kitchens! See you again on Monday.

More Info:

  • The January Cure 2018 Main Page
  • Download the printable PDF calendar: January Cure 2018
  • Share your progress on Instagram: #thejanuarycure