I was really excited yesterday when I saw The Kitchn hosting a 10 day project called the Kitchn Cure to help their readers with kitchen cleaning, organizing, and refreshing. This couldn’t have come at a better time for us! Home keeping has been on the back burner since little El was born and I feel overwhelmed with all the disorganization that’s crept in.
Our kitchen has especially suffered. BF brought a ton of cooking equipment with him, but unfortunately, he wasn’t able to bring any extra storage space 😉 Add to that all the baby paraphernalia and what I’m left with is a completely cluttered kitchen. I am lucky and grateful to have such nice things to work with but cooking has become a total headache! I feel defeated every time I walk into the room.
I am joining the Kitchn Cure a bit late (the project started last Monday) but joining it now is okay! In fact, starting this project at anytime is easy to do. The Kitchn makes it really easy to find and follow the cure, it’s organized well. If this sounds like something you’d like to do, or you just want to check it out, you can find the projects main page here. If you do check it out, be sure to poke around on their site, it’s really a good one!
Now on to the project 🙂
The Kitchn Cure | Day One:
Declutter and clean the refrigerator and freezer.
This task is supposed to take 1-2 hours and essentially the amount of time I spent working on it did fall into that range. It did, however, take me longer start to finish because little man was fussy and wanted full attention.
Normally, we are in the habit of going thru the fridge on Wednesdays to get rid of any expired foods. Sometimes things escape our sight or we miss a week but because it’s done regularly here, purging the unwanted food wasn’t very time-consuming. I did find some moldy soup in the back on the bottom shelf (yum) but that was the worst offender. The freezer was easy enough to clear out. My line of thinking was this: if I wouldn’t want to eat it this week, then I wouldn’t eat it ever, and it got trashed.
Cleaning the fridge and the freezer were more time-consuming for me. I usually spray the shelves down with Mrs. Meyers or Method when they are almost empty (or obviously dirty) however, removing the shelves and drawers, then scrubbing the walls and crevices only gets done about 3 times a year. So although it was time-consuming the task was perfect and just what the fridge and freezer needed.
I think Day One of the Kitchn Cure is probably going to be the easiest of the days for me. Next up: cleaning out the pantry. Oh boy! That is supposed to take another 1-2 hours, but I have a feeling it will take me longer. There is a pantry, two cabinets with food storage, and a spice cabinet that need addressing. I am super excited and motivated to get my kitchen in order though, and right in time for the colder months, which happen to be my favorite time of the year to cook!
If you decide that you’d like to do the Kitchn Cure with me (or even at a later date) let me know; I will happily link up to your progress!