Spring is just around the corner. It’s time to open the windows, air your home out and enjoy the freshness of the longer, milder days. Spring also means it’s time to clean out the dust and grime that has built up over winter and there is no better place to start than in the kitchen. As dreadful as the thought of deep-cleaning the kitchen may be, the sooner you put the task behind you, the sooner you will be able to relax and get out in the sunshine instead of being stuck indoors cleaning and organizing. Here are some things to do to help prepare your kitchen for spring.
Check Expiration Dates on Food Items
Spring means fresh fruits and vegetables, so you’re going to need room in the pantry and refrigerator. Starting in the pantry, check the expiration dates on all boxed and canned goods, tossing out everything that is expired or near expiration that you won’t use. Now that you have made room on the shelves, this is the perfect time for organizing and grouping food items. For example, group all canned beans together, all canned sauces and boxed items together. Once the pantry is complete, move on the refrigerator and the freezer, tossing out everything that is expired or that no longer is identifiable.
Get Ready for the Flavors of Spring
There is nothing better than having a meal prepared with fresh herbs, fruits and vegetables. If you have wanted to try your hand at homegrown produce and/or herbs, now is the time to start organizing the garden. Make a list of the seeds and plants you will be planting, don’t forget to include the planters, garden supplies and canning supplies that you will need. If you prefer to shop at the local farmers market for your produce, now's the time to begin looking for their locations and times. Don’t forget to check for locations of U-pick farms as well.
Freshen Up Your Kitchen Linens
Kitchen linens tend to take a beating during the winter. If your dishcloths, hand towels and potholders are looking a little worn, now is the time to replace them. Sort through all of the linens and toss out those that have outlived their usefulness and replace them with ones that are bright, colorful and spring themed. This is also the perfect time to take down those kitchen curtains and wash them.
Deep Clean Cupboards
If your cupboards are packed full of lids without bowls, holiday decorations and cracked dishes, it’s time to clear them out. To deep clean the cupboards, remove everything from all of the cabinets. As you are taking things out, immediately toss out mismatched, broken and unused items and group like items together that will go back in the cupboards. Using warm water and mild liquid dish soap, wash the inside and outside of all cabinets and dry thoroughly. Organizing items as you replace them will make it much easier to keep track of what you have and what you need.
Now that the kitchen is clean and organized, it is the perfect time to add some pretty, spring-themed decorations. Small things, such as adding a vase of vibrant flowers to the center of the table, hanging a new tea towel on the stove or setting the table with spring dinnerware will do wonders for brightening up the kitchen.
Contact Kitchen Tune-up to learn about how we can help you give your kitchen a fresh, new look.