Cleaning out your kitchen cupboards is a breeze with these handy hints!
If you are anything like me, you have been practicing the duck and cover maneuver whenever you get near your kitchen cabinets. Somehow the dark days of winter always leave mine looking cluttered and in need of some serious TLC. You, too?
With spring here, it’s high time to give those cabinets a good cleaning. Here’s how:
- Remove and review. Take out all of your canned and dry goods. Check the dates and peer into bags of flour, sugar, quinoa, etc., to ensure that there are no sneaky pests there. Toss anything that’s beyond its expiration date or that just looks gross!
- Combine and consolidate. Have two opened bags of sugar? Six half-used bags of chocolate chips? Combine like items into one bag or storage container.
- Take stock. Have a ton of soup? Out of salad dressing? Plan on eating through your excess supplies to make room for new stuff. Also, make note of anything you are out of or almost out of.
- Toss old produce. Have sprouts coming out of your garlic? Eyes on your potatoes? Toss them! (Better yet, put them in the compost pile.)
- Clean the shelves. Give those pantry shelves a good deep cleaning with soapy water. They probably could use it!
- Get organized. Now that you know what you have and what you need, use clear plastic containers and lazy Susans to turn your messy cabinets into well-organized spaces.
- Put everything back neatly. Don’t just throw the items back on the shelves. Take a little time to put things back in place.
- Survey your spices. It’s time to go through the spice drawer! Toss anything that’s over a year old, taking note of anything that needs replacement or replenishment.
- Get into your gear. Confess yourself. Do you have drawers and drawers filled with kitchen gadgets and gear? Pull it all out, go through it and put aside things you don’t really need. (Sorry, but three pizza cutters is a little excessive!) Give an honest assessment of what you use and what you don’t. If it hasn’t seen the light of day in years, it’s time to say sayonara. Clean whatever you don’t need and donate it to a place like Goodwill or the Salvation Army.
- Get on schedule. Don’t hate me, but this is a must. Now that everything is all picked up, it’s time to put yourself on a permanent cleaning schedule. If you devote an hour or so once a month to going through your cupboards and drawers, you won’t have to do a major cleanup again!