Pages Navigation Menu

Spring Cleaning 2 Week Challenge – Day 8

Posted by on Apr 25, 2012 in Organization, Spring Cleaning | Comments Off on Spring Cleaning 2 Week Challenge – Day 8

Good morning! It’s the middle of the week and it’s flying by! I have a question for you all today. When was the last time you cleaned the oven? I hate to admit it, but for me it’s been at least a year!  I know that’s quite awhile, but by the end of the day it will be squeaky clean! :) I’m going to try a homemade oven cleaner recipe today. If you try it too, let me know how well it worked for you.

Today’s Challenge is to clean the oven, stove and microwave. 

Today’s Objective

  • Start your spring cleaning at the time you planned on completing today’s challenge.
  • Set your kitchen timer to the amount of time you want to spend cleaning.
  • Turn on some music.  I love pandora on my iPad for listening to music!
  • Make homemade oven cleaner.
  • Take oven racks out of oven.
  • Start cleaning the oven.
  • Clean the stove top.
  • Clean the microwave. 

Do you have any tricks or easy way to clean the oven. Please share in the comments, I would suggestions!

You can start your spring cleaning 2 week challenge anytime! Here are the previous posts:

Read More

Spring Cleaning 2 Week Challenge – Day 7

Posted by on Apr 24, 2012 in Organization, Spring Cleaning | Comments Off on Spring Cleaning 2 Week Challenge – Day 7

The cabinets in my kitchen are becoming a little more clean and organized each day.  The garage sale pile is growing too! :) How did yesterday go for you? Keep doing a little each day and you’ll be surprised how much you’ve accomplished when we get to end of the week!

Today’s challenge is to clean the windows, windowsills and baseboard of your kitchen. 

photo credit 

Today’s Objective 

  • Start your spring cleaning at the time you planned on completing today’s challenge.
  • Set your kitchen timer to the amount of time you want to spend cleaning and organizing.
  • Turn on your favorite music. I love Pandora on my iPad for listening to music.
  • Get out your vacuum, window cleaner, bucket, all purpose cleaner magic eraser  and wash cloth. 
  • Vacuum window tracks and perimeter of kitchen.
  • Clean windows with window cleaner.
  • Wipe out window tracks with wash rag.
  • Wash baseboards with magic eraser and/or wash cloth.

Okay, it’s time to get started! Have a great day and be sure to join me tomorrow for Day 8.  We are nearing the finish line!

Share in the comments how your spring cleaning is going? 

You can start your spring cleaning 2 week challenge and time! Here are the previous posts:

*Note: some links are my referral links. 

Read More

Spring Cleaning 2 Week Challenge – Day 6

Posted by on Apr 23, 2012 in Organization, Spring Cleaning | Comments Off on Spring Cleaning 2 Week Challenge – Day 6

Good Morning everyone! I hope you had a great weekend! Are you ready to start week 2? If you are just joining in feel free to start from day 1 or start with today’s challenge.

Today’s challenge is to clean out the cabinet where your pots, pans, baking dishes and baking sheets live. 

Today’s Objective 

  • Start your spring cleaning at the time you planned on completing today’s challenge.
  • Set your kitchen timer to the amount of time you want to spend cleaning and organizing.
  • Clear off one counter or kitchen island so there is nothing on it. 
  • Take everything out of the cabinet(s) and place them on to your cleared off surface. Put them into categories: pots, pans, baking sheets, ect. 
  • Wipe down the shelving and cabinet door with cleaner.
  • Sort through each item and determine if it should go in the trash, garage sale box or to another location.
  • Keep like items with like items. As you come along each item that doesn’t belong in the cabinet, place that item where you want it to live. Resist cleaning or organizing that area for now, we’ll get to it later!
  • Make a miscellaneous cabinet. Place all items you are not sure where to put them and place in this cabinet.  We will tackle that cabinet this week!
  • Let your space determine how much you can have in one area.
  • Aim to purge at least 5 items either to the trash or garage sale box. 
  • If there is something you notice you need, add it to the list we started last Monday.

All right, here is today’s challenge! Join me tomorrow for day 7!

You can start your spring cleaning 2 week challenge and time! Here are the previous posts:

Read More

Spring Cleaning 2 Week Challenge – Update

Posted by on Apr 21, 2012 in Organization, Spring Cleaning | 2 comments

This week has definitely been a productive one!  I was able to get my whole list of spring cleaning done!  You’ve all motivated me to finish it! Even if you just tackled one area of your house this week or maybe making plans to do some spring cleaning,keep up the good work! I’m going  try to keep it short and simple today by just showing you my pictures.

Under the sink before.

Under the sink after! I use a shower curtain rod under my sink to hold the spray bottles and all the organization supplies in this cabinet I “found” in my house! I love the plastic drawer for storing my towels and dish rags.  Putting them here, freed up another space too! :)

Before all the utensils and flatware lived in 4 drawers.

Now they live among 3 drawers. I was able to completely empty the two drawers next to the stove. By purging a few items and then putting everything in these two drawers, it seems to work much better.

The flatware now lives next to the dishwasher! :)

My dishes relocated to the cabinet above the dishwasher.  I have to say I should have done that so much sooner! It really makes putting everything away so much easier!

It’s really bare now!  I packed all the sentimental items and left the dishes I don’t use every day in here.

Here are my kitchen linens before.

And here they are after. I didn’t get  rid of to much linens. I’ve paired down a lot over the past year.  I did get rid of one table runner and six orange placemats though. So it’s a little lighter in here.  Most of these table linens are sentimental, so I kept them and plan to use them often! :)

Here are the two pictures of the “pantry” before.

 Much better!

One less shelf to pack in this cabinet! :)

I find that shoe boxes are one of my favorite inexpensive storage solution.  You can find them for under a dollar and they house items well.  I took things out of their original packaging and placed them in each labeled container.

My second favorite inexpensive storage solution is repurposing a yogurt container.  A little scrapbook paper and a label and it’s like new!

Well that was my week of cleaning and organizing!

How was your week?  No matter what you did or would have liked to have done, please share in the comments what you’ve done or would like to accomplish in the next week.

You can start your spring cleaning 2 week challenge anytime! Here are the previous posts:

* I’ll be back on Monday with this weeks menu and the spring cleaning challenge for day 6! I hope you will join me!

 

Read More

Spring Cleaning 2 Week Challenge – Day 5

Posted by on Apr 20, 2012 in Organization, Spring Cleaning | Comments Off on Spring Cleaning 2 Week Challenge – Day 5

If you are just joining me, I started a series on Sunday to clean and organize the kitchen in 2 weeks.  If you’d like to read from the beginning, start here.  If you are ready for today’s tips and challenge, keep reading. :)

Yes, today is the last day for this week! YAY.  I’m sure you’ve done a great job this week. Well I’ve got a big chore for you today. Depending on the size of your pantry it might take you longer then the other tasks this week have required.  I know it was for me.  I realized I had all of my pantry items spread out between 5 cupboards! Not really simple, huh?! But I had everything on each shelf by category. I’m a huge fan of like items with like items. Anyways, for my pantry makeover I came up with a plan to make it work well for moving. Today, I’m going to share with you what I did:

Pantry before

 I like having my spices next to the stove.  I use the counter space below this cabinet for prepping meals so it’s the perfect spot for them.  Also hiding in this cabinet is my baking supplies. Well, they have high-tailed it out of here and moved to their new location: the pantry!

 Now I know there is no one-size-fits-all when it comes to planning out your pantry.  Everyone has a different size space.  Here are 3 organization steps that have helped me maximize my space and be more organized. I hope they will help you too!

#1. Organize by category 

Organizing your pantry by category might seem a little OCD; I understand. Especially if you’re a working mom short on time. But if you’re looking for a solution that will organize your pantry better, place things in categories. It will make your life that much easier in the long run and it’s really not that hard to do. You have to take it out to clean sometime, so you might as well organize it as it goes back in.

#2. Inventory what you have on hand

Start a list (by category) of what you have.  Make a excel spread sheet, use a phone app, or just a plain white piece of paper. When you realize what you have, it makes coming up with a storage solution that much better!

#3. Identify what storage solutions will work best for your space 

This is probably the hardest task.  One reason is organizational supplies are a billion dollar industry.  There are so many choices, how can you choose, right? But after you have organized your stuff by category and know what you have it should help you decide a little bit better.

The reason I believe having an organized pantry is important is because you’ll know what you have on hand, which in turn helps with menu planning and grocery shopping.  Which then helps you save time and money! Who wouldn’t want that?! 

Okay enough tips for today, your begging to get started right?!

Here is today’s objective. There are some new objectives added to the list today!

  • Start your spring cleaning at the time you planned on completing today’s challenge.
  • Set your kitchen timer to the amount of time you want to spend cleaning and organizing.
  • Clear off one counter or kitchen island so there is nothing on it. 
  • As you take everything out of the cabinet(s) and place them on to your cleared off surface, put them into categories: snacks, baking, flour, cereal, and so on. 
  • Start your inventory list as you take each item out as well. 
  • Wipe down the shelving and cabinet door with cleaner.
  • Sort through each item and determine if it should go in the trash, garage sale box or to another location.
  • Keep like items with like items. As you come along each item that doesn’t belong in this cabinet place that item where you want it to live. Resist cleaning or organizing that area for now, we’ll get to it later!
  • Make a miscellaneous cabinet. Place all items you are not sure where to put them in this cabinet.  We will tackle that cabinet next week!
  • Let your space determine how much you can have in one area.
  • Aim to purge at least 5 items either to the trash or garage sale box. 
  • If there is something you notice you need, add it to the list we started on Monday. 

The After Pictures

Need more inspiration, follow me on Pinterest for more pantry organization ideas. Follow Me on Pinterest

Join me tomorrow morning for all the pictures of the progress I made this week.  I hope you all have a wonderful weekend!

You can start your spring cleaning 2 week challenge and time! Here are the previous posts:

Read More

Spring Cleaning 2 Week Challenge – Day 4

Posted by on Apr 19, 2012 in Organization, Spring Cleaning | Comments Off on Spring Cleaning 2 Week Challenge – Day 4

Wow! Yesterday was a very productive day for me. I was able to clean the hutch and rearrange the dishes to the cabinet above the dishwasher.  I’m aiming to have the things that I use and wash daily near the dishwasher.  I know it might seem like this is the wrong time to move everything around but I think the next 4 weeks in my house will be enjoyable with everything in one spot: clean and organized!  Plus it will help the movers pack everything up easily; well I hope. :) I’ll definitely be showing you all the progress I made this week on Saturday morning.

Ready for today’s challenge?

Today’s challenge is to sort through and organize kitchen linens, towels, and dish cloths.

Today’s Objective

  • Start your spring cleaning at the time you planned on completing today’s challenge.
  • Set your kitchen timer to the amount of time you want to spend cleaning and organizing.
  • Clear off one counter or kitchen island so there is nothing on it. 
  • Take everything out of the cabinet(s) and place them on to your cleared off surface.  Check other areas (besides the kitchen) of your home to see if kitchen linens are living somewhere else.
  • Wipe down the shelving and cabinet door with cleaner.
  • Sort through each item and determine if it should go in the trash, garage sale box or to another location.
  • Keep like items with like items. As you come along each item that doesn’t belong in this cabinet place that item where you want it to live. Resist cleaning or organizing that area for now, we’ll get to it later!
  • Make a miscellaneous cabinet. Place all items you are not sure where to put them in this cabinet.  We will tackle that cabinet next week!
  • Let your space determine how much you can have in one area.
  • Aim to purge at least 5 items either to the trash or garage sale box. 
  • If there is something you notice you need, add it to the list we started on Monday. 
Today’s Tip
  • Designate a convenient and purposeful location for your kitchen linens to live. There might be multiple places you keep table linens, towels, and dish cloths.  I know I do.  My towels and dish cloths live under the sink (now), place mats and table cloths live in a small coffee cart in my dining room, and my cloth napkins spend their time hanging out next to the flatware.

Whether you are cleaning the kitchen or other areas of the house, how is your spring cleaning going?  Share in the comments! 

Spring cleaning 2 Week Challenge Previous Posts

Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger... Read More