Dreading the idea of spring cleaning? We’ve collected some of our favourite organization and cleaning tips to help you spring into your tidiest kitchen ever.
Prep Your Cleaning Kit
Prep your spring cleaning kit by filling a bucket with basics that can be toted from room to room. Include all-purpose and glass-cleaning sprays, a sponge, a toothbrush, a squeegee, a scrub brush, towels and more!
Group Like Items
After your cabinets are all empty, consider what is best for you in terms of how to group items. Sort all your baking items and cooking items and pile them together. For your dishes, keep everyday dishes on an easy-to-reach lower shelf and special-occasion pieces up above.
Use Clear Containers to Store Items
Use containers to streamline the inside of your cabinets. Group together things like packets of gravy mixes, or hot cocoa then put them into small plastic containers to keep everything tidy. Use clear plastic shoeboxes to store food that is in tiny boxes such as gelatin.
Try a Lazy Susan
Rotating trays can be used to hold things such as oils, vinegars, spices, even vitamins or medications. Try them in your refrigerator too! One for beverages, so nothing ever hides in the back to spoil or freeze, and another for leftovers or small jars of pickles and other small food items.
Unexpected Kitchen Helpers
Clear up the clutter and make the most of your countertops by using a cake stand to hold olive oil, salt, pepper, and other seasonings. The stand makes ingredients easy to find and use while you cook, and gives you space to arrange other herbs and spices around the base of the pedestal.
Storing knives properly helps them to maintain their edges. Use a magnetic strip to keep knives safe and at an arm's length when you are ready to chop, slice, or dice.
Shower Caddy Secret
Even though this storage device usually hangs from a shower head, it's just as useful in your kitchen! Hang from a command hook, and store everything from tea towels, to salt and pepper, to fresh produce.
Label, label, label!
A ground rule you should always follow: label everything in your freezer with the recipe name and the date! You'll be more likely to use it if you can quickly identify what it is.
One Pot Miracles
One pot meals mean less clean up. If a recipe calls for transferring a skillet to the oven, cover the plastic handle with tin-foil to "oven proof" the pan. Check out our one-pot recipes here.
Hate Clean Up?
Make your clean-up more fun by blasting your favourite song. Playing fast-paced music helps pump up the pace, expedite clean up, and may attract more helpers.