Spring Kitchen Deep Cleaning and Organization.
Let me point something out first. I don’t live in the States; I live in Spain, at least for the time being. Here buildings are quite different from there and most of them are old. Here there are many regulations that make it difficult to come up with really modern structures or spaces. That doesn’t mean we don’t have modern and gorgeous buildings and houses, but on our budget we had to get one of the older ones. I like it, it is nice and super comfortable though, but you won’t see those awesome bright, White, wide open spaces you see in most of houses and apartments in the States, at least not in this apartment.
Any way this apartment is rented so there is not much I can do apart from clean, re-organize and reuse. That is exactly what I did :D.
This is how my kitchen used to look like. I know, I know!… What a mess! That is why spring and you inspired me to make this deep cleaning in the first place.
So the first thing I did was unload all the cabinets. ALL OF THEM!…
With KH-7 (strong product to degrease) I sprayed all over the cabinets (inside and outside) left it for a couple of minutes while spraying the next cabinet and then with a sponge I removed all the dirt, grease, and dust all over the cabinets.
When I had them all cleaned up and shiny I began with the organization part. I had bought a while ago some very useful plastic trays that would be awesome to keep everything organized.
I cleaned them first and then planned where and how I was going to place them. So About 9 on the food cabinets and one big for Emma’s Cabinet.
One of the most important and critical spaces is the one where you place the Oils and other liquid condiments such as Soja. So I took one of the trays and put a piece of kitchen absorbent paper on the bottom and put my bottles in it.
Then I used each tray for different kinds of items. A few trays for cans, tomato, tuna, sweet corn, etc. Others for Snacks, sweets, beans and so on.
Once everything was perfectly organized I went back to the cabinets that were dry and odor free and covered the lower shelf of each cabinet with kitchen cloth (here there is one that looks like felt). Why only the lower one? Because the whole idea of the trays is that when you are looking for something in the upper shelf you can pull the tray out and check, but in the lower one we all probably reach (Except for little kids but they aren’t suppose to be sniffing in there, right? :P) and on the other hand, that kind of cloth absorbs humidity and keep the cabinet clean.
So one of my food cabinets looks like this now.
The next step was Emma’s cabinet! Yeah, she has her own cabinet :D. The big issue for me is “Bottles”, I’m kind of obsessive with keeping them clean. So I figured something out that worked for me. I took a bigger transparent tray and a fridge veggies tray (I don’t know exactly what it is called but it’s that one in the pic).
On the bottom of the tray I placed kitchen absorbent paper, I make sure it fits perfectly then place the other one over it. The paper absorbs humidity, so I was told.
Then I put the bottles upside down on the tray and all the lids too. I change the paper every 2 weeks or so.
As in the other cabinets I covered the lower shelf with the kitchen clothes and in the upper shelf just put her food and snacks. At the end it looked like this:
I have many cabinets. I did all this in most of them, I’m just showing you those that had a special treatment.
The pots cabinet. That wasn’t hard since I don’t have many pots :D. But any way, I covered it with the cloth, in this case I attached it to the cabinet with some adhesive tape just to avoid having it to move it around. I got this:
The cleaning products cabinet :-O. That one is a pain because a I have a water filter and it is right in there Eek!. Any way I managed to organized it very well. I used one medium sized tray and put in all the liquid products, so it would be easy to clean any leaks or the usual dirt. The products I don’t use often I placed in the back and the rest of the items I put in order.
The table. Gosh the table!!!. THAT WAS A MESS. I started with the tablecloth, I was bored to death of that one, and besides it was all torn on the corners so I changed it with another one I liked better :D woohooo.
I have this shelf on the table. It is my best friend, I can have handy a lot of things but on the other hand is a magnet for disorder. Everything ends up there.
So first I took everything away and rearranged and cleaned everything.
I took a plastic box I had around and put all the tea bags in it, organized by flavors in different zip-lock bags and left a piece of the box as a tag in the bags to know what is what. This way I got rid of all those boxes :D Yayyyy.
I put away al the cans and jars I had there and just left the coffee, sugar, rice, pasta, etc. jars in the upper shelf.
The next shelf was for tea, sugar, salt, oil, vinegar, holders and other daily stuff.
On the table I just put a cute basket decorated by me using satin ribbon and a bow and put some cupcakes and sweets.
So much more space now!!!
I cleaned up all the tile walls and the granite counter with a sponge and cloth with Ajax with Expel, I love that product!
I placed some veggie and fruit baskets around, and all my wood utensils I put them in a cute cookie can that I found that matched with the kitchen colors :D.
Of course I washed the curtains and all the chair cushions :D.
So that was pretty much it!… It was a whole day thing, the next day I was stiff!!! Every part of my body hurt hahahaha but it was worth it :D.
So, what do you think?. How did I do? Not bad, huh? Your opinion and comments are so important and totally make my day, it gives me a huge motivation to keep going and making crafts and white papers!!! If you like my happy spot I invite you to subscribe and get my updates. You also can follow me on all social networks.
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Till next time!!! =D
Hasta la próxima!!! =D
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