Last week we wrote a blog about ideas for having some fun at home while sheltering in place. Starting this week, we are going to begin a series on home projects you can tackle while at home without having to venture out for supplies. This week we are going to provide you with some tips for completing a kitchen cabinet clean out.
Any reorganization project starts with a little clean up, but before you actually clear anything out, we recommend taking a visual inventory of your cabinets. Take a thorough look inside each one (drawers too) to get a general idea of where everything is currently located. You might find a few surprises!
From your visual inventory, you will know which cabinets house similar items. We recommend you tackle the cleaning and reorganizing by category, that way you can avoid having everything on the kitchen counters at once. This will also enable you to take more than one day to complete the entire project if needed. Your categories could include: dishes, glasses, pots and pans, cooking utensils, gadgets/small appliances, serving dishes, and bakeware.
For each category, completely clear out the cabinets and drawers of all contents. Vacuum and wipe down the entire interior and exterior of the cabinet and drawer. If you are swapping cabinets and moving items to a new location, we recommend emptying and cleaning those at this time as well. Allow them to dry and then place items back into them as you like, keeping in mind that you want to have most used items easily accessible.
Continue working by category until you have finished cleaning and organizing each cabinet and drawer. As you work you may find items that you no longer need, use, or that are damaged. Create two piles, one to throw away and another to donate at a later date when you are able.
Once you are finished you can celebrate. That’s one home project you can cross off your spring-cleaning list!