Spring Cleaning STEP 4:Upper kitchen cabinets clean out.

Apr 12, 2011

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After this step we are half way through our 8 step spring cleanup process. This week we tackle the upper kitchen cabinets. Whether it’s you or your house keeper that is taking on these cleanups be sure to get everyone in the family on board with keeping it organized, by explaining the system to the whole family.

1.    Remove all your dishware from your various upper cabinets and place like items together.  Plates, glasses, serving dishes, cookie sheets, etc.
2.    With mild soapy water, damp wash the closet and shelving. If you add a little vinegar to the water it will help remove any odors that might be in the cabinet.
3.    If you use shelf liner, now is the time to replace anything that doesn’t look great.
4.    To put things back, consider what you use most and place those items on the bottom shelves for ease of use. Put the things you use the least up high.
5.    Next, remove all of your food items and place like items together. Spices, canned goods, boxed foods, etc. If these items belong in the pantry now would be the time to move them.
6.    With mild soapy water, damp wash the cabinet and shelving.
7.    Replace shelf liner that doesn’t look great.
8.    To put things back, consider what you use most and place those items on the bottom shelves for ease of use. Put the things you use the least up high.
9.    If you have lots of spices, consider using a lazy Susan on a bottom shelf to make yours easily accessible and organized.
10.    For the hyper-organized, consider getting special spice jars to organize your spices, and canisters to organize your dry goods so that when you look in your cabinets all the containers are identical.  This will make those of us with OCD feel great when we look at our food supplies.
Next week we tackle the base cabinets in much the same way.

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