Clean Your Dishwasher

How’s your kitchen looking today? I sure hope it’s starting to sparkle!! Today we’re going to clean a machine that cleans…the dishwasher. Crazy.

clean dishwasher

Clean Your Dishwasher

Today, let’s work to deep clean the dishwasher. It takes some scrubbing, but it’s worth it to have an efficient dishwasher and clean dishes.

We tackled the dishwasher earlier in the year,but if you need step-by-step instructions, check out this post.

Happy cleaning!

Your assignment for today:

Check in when you’re finished in the Spring Cleaning 365 accountability group, in the comment section here, or on Facebook. I can’t wait to hear from you!

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Clean Your Microwave

After cleaning the oven and refrigerator the past few days, we might as well clean another appliance. But, how about something a little easier today? Let’s clean the microwave!

how to clean a microwave

We all know that it’s easy to keep your microwave clean if you wipe it out after every use. But I wonder how many actually do that?

For those of us who skip the wipe down more than we do it, let’s take 5 minutes today to clean our microwave.

To easily clean your microwave:

  • Fill a microwave safe cup or bowl with water and microwave on high until the water boils (4-5 minutes). If you’d like to use a bit of natural disinfectant, use half vinegar in place of the water. You can also add a squirt of lemon juice for a fresh scent.
  • After the water boils, keep the microwave door closed for a few minutes so the steam can soften the gunk.
  • Using a damp rag (feel free to use some of the warm water from the bowl) to clean the microwave. For extra tough spots, a kitchen scraper works wonders!
  • Wash the glass tray in the sink, or just stick in in the dishwasher to let it do the work for you!

There you go! Easy enough?

Your assignment for today:

Check in when you’re finished in the Spring Cleaning 365 accountability group, in the comment section here, or on Facebook. I can’t wait to hear from you!

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Prepare for the week

Your goal today is to prepare for the week. I’ll be doing it too!

But I also want to challenge you to sign up for my upcoming Clear the Clutter – Streamline Your Life course too! If you didn’t read the details last week, you can read up on it here. I would absolutely love for you to participate!!

Today’s task…

Write down every single thing that you need to accomplish this week. Then schedule those things (but make sure they’re the RIGHT things) on your calendar. That way you’ll know WHEN you will accomplish those things on your to-do list.

It will be 5-15 minutes well spent!

Your assignment for today:

Check in when you’re finished in the Spring Cleaning 365 accountability group, in the comment section here, or on Facebook. I can’t wait to hear from you!

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Kitchen Ketchup (or Catch Up)

We’ve spent quite a bit of time organizing the kitchen this week. I hope you’ve enjoyed cooking a bit more now that you’re all organized!

If you got behind on your daily tasks (or you just like to tackle everything in one day), then you’re in luck! Today is a ketchup (catch up) day.

Here’s what we covered:

  • Declutter your kitchen – at the start of the week, we decluttered the kitchen. In this post I have included a checklist for decluttering your kitchen.
  • Clean out your refrigerator – last Tuesday we cleaned the fridge. In this post I have shared another old post on how to clean the fridge fast, and a checklist of the things you’ll need.
  • Organize kitchen cabinets – today we took on the kitchen cabinets! In this post are a few simple steps on how to organize kitchen cabinets.
  • Organize your pantry – this day we tackled the kitchen pantry. Here you’ll find tips on how to effectively and quickly organize your pantry.
  • Clean your oven – and finally, last Friday we cleaned the oven.

So by this time I am hoping that the kitchen is cleaned and you’re more inspired to clean.

If you haven’t completed all the task, no worries, you still have time to catch up! Have fun!

Your assignment for today:

  • Continue working on habit #5.
  • Do some catch up for the week
  • Keep working on your cleaning schedule. You’re doing some great work so keep it up!

Check in when you’re finished in the Spring Cleaning 365 accountability group, in the comment section here, or on Facebook. I can’t wait to hear from you!

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Clean the Oven

Cleaning the oven is not my favorite task. In fact, it’s one that I dread. However, I do know it’s easier to clean the oven when you clean it more often. So, hopefully we can all tackle this project today using one of the three cleaning methods below. Since we cleaned the oven earlier this year, it should be a little easier this time!
MY NEW (old) OVEN SET!!!!

Spring Clean the oven with the self-cleaning feature.

I’ve used the self-cleaning feature in the past but it freaked me out every time. The oven door locks, it heats up to a bajillion degrees, and 6 hours later, the oven door unlocks and it’s magically clean!

Easy? Sure.

Worth it? Maybe not. You can’t leave the house during that time frame (and you’ll probably remember you promised to pick up your son’s friend at the exact moment you hit start). Plus, using the self-cleaning feature may do more harm than good. Use with caution!

Spring Clean the oven with a conventional oven cleaner.

A conventional oven cleaner is actually a pretty pain free way to clean the oven. You usually just have to spray, let it soak for a few minutes, and wipe away.

Keep in mind that most conventional oven cleaners contain a boatload of chemicals so if that concerns you, a natural oven cleaner like this one may be an option.

Spring Clean the oven with a DIY oven cleaner.

I’ve used this baking soda/vinegar mixture to clean my ridiculously dirty oven before and it worked quite well. It didn’t clean up perfectly, but I hadn’t cleaned my oven in two years (ahem!). If you clean your oven on a regular basis, then this method should work just fine!

Natural Oven Cleaner

Ingredients:

    • Nylon Pan Scraper
    • Baking Soda
    • Vinegar
    • Dishrag/towel/sponge
Directions:

Using my favorite kitchen tool ever, the nylon pan scraper, scrape dried food off the oven floor. Then sprinkle baking soda on the bottom of the oven, focusing heavily on dirty areas. Next, spray or pour vinegar over baking soda. Allow the mixture to work its magic until the bubbling stops. Use scraper again if needed. Wipe away debris with towel. If it’s been two years since you cleaned your oven, repeat.

Your assignment for today:

Check in when you’re finished in the Spring Cleaning 365 accountability group, in the comment section here, or on Facebook. I can’t wait to hear from you!

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Spring Clean Your Kitchen Pantry

My Kitchen pantry is out of control right now; plus I’m pretty sure it’s not a normal looking pantry since I just have jars full of dry bulk foods. Thus the reason for posting a picture of one of a friend’s pantry! Today I’m going to be working for AT LEAST 15 minutes, if not longer to get mine in order. How about you? Let’s try out these tips!

pantry organization

Spring Clean the Kitchen Pantry

Remove everything from the pantry.

The first step in organizing your pantry should be to remove everything. One benefit is that you’ll have to actually touch each item so you’ll know if the box is empty, it’s outdated, etc. It will also encourage you to finish the project quickly so you can use your kitchen again!

Scrub down the pantry.

Pantries are notorious for getting extremely dirty so this is a great time to wipe down the walls, shelves, and even the floor. If you’re tempted to skip this step, just remember, it could be another 3 years before your motivated enough to tackle the pantry again!

Determine which items you use often and which items are just taking up space.

As you restock the pantry, pay particular attention to the items that you rarely, if ever, use. For items that you don’t use, get rid of them. It may be tough at first but I promise you’ll be glad in the end! Move items that are used infrequently to the highest shelf. Keep food and supplies that are used daily at arms length.

Group similar items.

To find supplies and ingredients quickly, keep cans together, coffee supplies together, spices together…you get the idea. You’ll always know where to return an item after using it. And so will your family!

Use wall space.

My favorite tip for small pantries is to use wall space. You can use hooks and organizers to store spices, foil, plastic wrap, aprons, etc. without using precious shelf space. So, if you find that using your wall space would be helpful in organizing your pantry, make a trip out or order a few asap!

Your assignment for today:

Check in when you’re finished in the Spring Cleaning 365 accountability group, in the comment section here, or on Facebook. I can’t wait to hear from you!

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Organize Kitchen Cabinets

I hope today’s task is an easy one. We aren’t going to clean. We aren’t going to completely reorganized. We’re just going to straighten up the kitchen cabinets!

deep-clean-kitchen-cabinets

Organize Kitchen Cabinets

Take a few minutes to open each cabinet in your kitchen. Straighten up the contents, divide the sections into 2 – what to keep and what not keep – make sure to organize wisely. Wipe clean the cabinets, and make sure to stack back up in an organized manner. Close the doors. And move on.

Set your timer and work fast! A little bit of organization can go a long way!

Your assignment for today:

  • Continue working on habit #5.
  • Organize your kitchen cabinets.
  • Put this task on your cleaning schedule and keep working on it.

Check in when you’re finished in the Spring Cleaning 365 accountability group, in the comment section here, or on Facebook. I can’t wait to hear from you!

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Clean Your Refrigerator

The refrigerator is one of the most used appliance in the kitchen. So it can take a little more effort to keep clean. The good news is that if you clean the fridge often, it should never take more than a few minutes to make it look sparkling new.

top of refrigerator is clean in the kitchen

Clean Your Refrigerator

For a cleaning out the refrigerator checklist and my secret tip to clean it fast, read one of my original post here.

If you don’t have much time to spare, then just take a few minutes or reorganize the contents and wipe down a couple of shelves.

If you’re extra motivated,  wipe down hinges and around the door frame.

While you’re thinking about the refrigerator, you might want to order water filter replacement parts too!

Let me know when you’re finished!

Your assignment for today:

Check in when you’re finished in the Spring Cleaning 365 accountability group, in the comment section here, or on Facebook. I can’t wait to hear from you!

 

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Declutter Your Kitchen

We spent an entire month decluttering our homes earlier this year. But I’m pretty sure we might have missed a couple of things…especially in the kitchen! So let’s take a few minutes to look through the kitchen to find something to let go.

clean kitchen

Declutter the Kitchen

Here are some things to think about as you look through your cabinets and drawers:

  • Do you have more than one of a particular gadget? If so, do you need more than one?
  • Do you have cups or plates you never use?
  • Do you have unused small appliances that are covered in dust?
  • Do you have expired food in the pantry?
  • Do you have clutter in your drawers that doesn’t belong in the kitchen?
  • Do you have a cabinet or drawer that you never open because you never need the contents?

If you answered yes to any of those questions, consider if it’s time to pass the items on to another home. Your clutter-free kitchen will be exponentially more fun to use!

Your assignment for today:

Check in when you’re finished in the Spring Cleaning 365 accountability group, in the comment section here, or on Facebook. I can’t wait to hear from you!

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Clear the Clutter – Streamline Your Life

If you’ve Spring Cleaning with us for a while, you know we’re all about implementing strategic habits into our daily routine. Simple daily habits make cleaning your home a cinch.

I’ve realized recently that there’s something even more important than cleaning your home and incorporating daily habits. That, my friend, is clearing the clutter.

You see, when you clear the clutter and get rid of excess, you can simplify and streamline your entire life. 

Home maintenance – STUFF maintenance – takes less time when there’s less of it. Obvious? Yes. But do you actively streamline your possessions?

I didn’t. Until recently.

Let me tell you, having fewer unneeded possessions cluttering my home makes a world of difference in the amount of time it takes to upkeep!

I’m so passionate about helping people – helping YOU – let go of the things that are holding you back and cluttering your mind, that I’m working on a course to help you Clear the Clutter and Streamline Your Life.

It’s full of baby steps, checklists, and tutorials to walk you though the process of letting go and giving/selling what you don’t need. Why? So you can live life to the fullest!

I plan on launching it in August but I wanted to give you a heads up now. If you’d like further details, sign up below. You’ll be the first to know!

 Also, if you were looking forward to a book review this week, I’ll just let you review the books I’ve mentioned so far :)

Here’s the recap:

If you’re a reader, I can’t recommend these books enough! Try reading in iBooks or the Kindle to stay clutter-free.

Now on to our daily task…

Write down every single thing that you need to accomplish this week. Then schedule those things (but make sure they’re the RIGHT things) on your calendar. That way you’ll know WHEN you will accomplish those things on your to-do list.

It will be 5-15 minutes well spent!

Your assignment for today:

Check in when you’re finished in the Spring Cleaning 365 accountability group, in the comment section here, or on Facebook. I can’t wait to hear from you!

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