Spring cleaning is a dull, time-consuming task, but a kitchen clean out means that you will be ready to start cooking for warmer days! Here are our top tips for de-cluttering your kitchen.
Kitchen spring cleaning
With March on its way out, you may have found yourself putting off your spring cleaning this month. If so, now is the time to get to it! Yes, it may be boring, but de-cluttering your cupboards and giving your worktops a tough scrub means you can get in the kitchen and start creating meals for sunnier days.
The first thing you should do is look at everything you no longer need and get rid of it. Be harsh, take on Marie Kondo, question the joy it should spark! If it serves no use or does not compliment the kitchen as you would like, then it’s time to say goodbye. This also applies to your pantry. Cupboard food such as spices and tinned goods can often become overlooked once purchased, meaning they have either expired or will simply never been used. Divide these items into “bin” and “donate”. Plenty of food banks will appreciate the food you do not want.
A clean kitchen is certainly a welcoming kitchen! Take the time to completely clean your surfaces, cupboard doors, cooker and more. Think about how much you need on the kitchen counter too. Your kettle, microwave and maybe even a slow cooker will be more than enough. Anything else could be taking up unnecessary space.
Things such as half-empty wine bottles that perhaps would be used for cooking can also be put away. Small things like this may seem handy to simply leave on display, but it can affect the welcoming atmosphere. If you do need some worktop space for storage, consider using decorative boxes or hooks for particular items.
Now you have cut back on everything in your kitchen that you no longer need, it’s time to organise your cupboards. Here are a few tips we have to help make things a little bit easier.
- Place dining utensils in cupboards nearer to the sink or dishwasher for easy put-away
- Keep cooking utensils near the stove, along with spices, herbs, oils, etc, so everything you need will be within reach
- Keep the sink clear of clutter using a range of storage items such as a basket for your sponges and dishcloths or a two-tier dish rack
- Appliances that have been used less often should be placed to the back of cabinets with the ones used the most at the front
- Burnt Saucepans – soaking your pan in a tablespoon of washing powder and warm or cold water for an hour before washing in soapy warm water will leave it sparkling
- Condensation – Leaving a cup of salt on the window ledge will absorb moisture from the air, reducing condensation
- Dirty Oven
- Sprinkle the oven with salt if food has spilt over while cooking, making it easier to clean when the oven cools
- Keep your fridge fresh after defrosting by wiping it with a solution of one tablespoon of bicarbonate of soda and two pints of warm water
- Talcum Powder can be added to greasy walls to absorb the grease, allowing you to simply brush it off after a few hours
Is spring cleaning not enough?
Maybe it’s time for a brand-new kitchen instead! At Euan Begg Kitchens and Bedrooms, we can offer a free home design visit to help you see just how a new kitchen could improve your lifestyle. To find out more, get in touch with Euan Begg today.