Roundup of the Best 7 Kitchen Organization and Cleaning Tips of 2013
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Keeping any room clean can seem like a constant uphill battle, but it’s the kitchen, what with the dishes piling up, the countertops getting dusted with flour and the floors acquiring a measurable layer of dirt, that seems to attract the most filth. Fortunately, there are numerous tricks and bits of advice on how to keep the busiest room in the house clean and tidy without expending more than a few minutes energy each day. Here are seven of the most popular ways to clean and organize your kitchen today.
If you search for lids, storage containers, equipment and even pots, updating your cabinets with custom storage capabilities is a must. Consider investing in layered cabinets, with an extra set of storage folded into the doors. Or, store dishes in deep drawers while tucking away pantry items in a thin rolling cabinet that disappears next to the fridge. You can get a better idea of the possibilities from the picture below.
This new trend is garnering loads of attention, and it’s easy to see why. Using chalkboard paint to cover a section of the wall or even an entire door allows the family to write down reminders for groceries, supplies and daily chores. You can even make your own chalkboard paint in any color you like, just ask Martha Stewart. And like your old blackboard in school, it wipes away with the brush of an eraser.
A Clean, Shiny Sink
Most people remember to clean the countertops and floors, but the sink can harbour some really nasty bacteria too, and it often gets skipped. Even if your sink is sanitized, you can make it sparkle like new again with this easy trick: Pour white vinegar into a spray bottle and spritz the sink all over. Dust it with baking soda and let the concoction sit for at least an hour, more if it’s really dirty. Wash it all off with a little hot water, a sponge and a touch of elbow grease if necessary, and you’ll be amazed how beautiful your sink looks.
Inner Cabinet or Wall-Mounted Spice Rack
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You know a passionate cook by her plethora of spices filling up drawers, cabinets and countertops. Help tidy up those areas by making or buying a mountable spice rack that sits close to the stovetop. This option tidily tucks inside a cabinet door.
Seasonal Fridge Cleaning
Nobody likes to do it, but your fridge needs a thorough cleaning roughly once every three months. Make it a part of your regular seasonal cleaning and you won’t have to wonder what that substance is at the bottom of the crisper. Empty it of contents and wipe down the inside with a disposable cleaning wipe from your favourite brand to make the process swift and easy.
Sturdy wooden knife blocks are attractive, but sometimes they take up valuable counter space, and they can make grabbing a utensil quickly impossible. Opt instead for a magnetic knife holder that mounts to the wall above the stovetop. These slim, metallic strips can hold several knives and other metal objects within easy reach while you’re prepping and roasting meals. Plus, it’s a great way to show off an impressive collection.
Overhead or On-the-Wall Pot Rack
Small kitchens benefit the most from this idea, but nearly every kitchen can take advantage of the beauty and practicality of an overhead or on-the-wall pot rack. Wall-mounted racks are preferable for kitchens with ceilings too high to install a classic overhead rack or for those on a budget, and they’re as easy as putting up a handlebar and adding some S-hooks.
Keeping your kitchen looking neat and clean doesn’t have to be a losing battle. Use these fantastic tips to organize your favourite room in the house in no time and keep it tidy and safe with minimal effort. If your kitchen needs more refreshing than cleaning & organization can accomplish, we can help you with that. Download our FREE guide to cabinet refacing to learn more.