Sunday, January 4, 2015

Week 1- ABFOL HOME ORGANIZATION CHALLENGE- The Kitchen

 
If you missed my first post you can read about it more on A Bowl Full of Lemons blog or on my blog post a couple down.
 
The first thing you need to do is print out your 14 Week Schedule. Go HERE to find it.
 
via ABFOL Blog:
 
WEEK #1 TASK – The Kitchen:
The kitchen is the hub of the home.  Everyone ends up in the kitchen at some point during their day. So it gets messy fast!  The best way to conquer the mess and the clutter is to get organized.

To begin the process and in order to be fully organized, everything really should be emptied out of the space, so you can see it clearly and start fresh.  Its time to clear the clutter.  Empty out every Cabinet and drawer in your kitchen.  Only do this if you can have everything put back in its place within the week.  WE ARE NOT ORGANIZING THE PANTRY THIS WEEK.  We will address the pantry in a couple more weeks.   Get a babysitter (or send the kids to the neighbors), put on your comfy clothes, and turn up the music. Its time to organize!!  *Before you start, look around your house to find bins, baskets, etc… You can use these for your kitchen organization.

WEEK #1 CHECKLIST:  (Print out the checklist HERE)
1. Clean out and organize all cabinets.
2. Clean out and organize all drawers.
3. Purge everything that is not used, expired, doesnt belong, collecting dust.
4. Clean out & organize fridge & freezer.
5.  Mop, wipe down cabinet doors, clean counter tops & tables.
6.  Take everything off the refrigerator door.  It makes the kitchen look messy.
7. Clean all appliances.

THE PROCESS:
1. Clear off the kitchen table. This is your dumping grounds.
2.  Empty out all cabinets & drawers!  Place ALL items into “categories” on the table.
3.  Wipe down the cabinet doors, shelves and drawers. Add new liners if necessary.
4.  Discard (trash) old, expired, and no longer used items & food. Check the dates.
5.  Place all items that are able to fit, into baskets.
6.  Place everything back into the cabinets & drawers (in categories).
7. Take everything off the kitchen counters and place onto the table.
8. Wipe down the counters & backsplash with a good natural cleaner.
9. Wipe down ALL small appliances & large ones too!
10. Put back items you use on a daily basis, onto the counter top.
11. Mop the floors and wipe down the table & chairs.
12. Empty fridge/freezer. Wipe out. Put back in an organized manner.
13. Clean and organize under the kitchen sink.
Tip: Keep all clutter off the counters at all times. If you take it out, put it away!

 
Here are several blog posts that will inspire you to get your kitchen organized.

 
 
 

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