10-Hours (or 10-Days) To A Spotless and Organized Kitchen

Sometimes it helps to organize a room all at once. However,
for home-business owners, spending another entire day in the
house isn't always a desirable thing. What may be more
desirable is to spend 60-minutes each day working on a
project. The steps below will assist you (as they have me)
to reorganize your kitchen.

Day 1
~~if you don't have a pad on your refrigerator, set aside a
piece of paper somewhere in the kitchen for the next 10
days. Use the top part of the page for "things to buy" and
the lower half for other notes.
~~put a chair in the middle of the kitchen floor and assess
what needs to be done. Make a list.
~~start to pay attention to where you are placing things
that are in the dishwasher. Take a mental note of what items
are in cabinets that would be better off somewhere else.
~~take your step ladder out, clean the light fixtures and
change any bulbs that aren't working.

Day 2
~~Question: What does an empty box, a step ladder, a
telephone book, a cloth, a car and one hour have in common?
~~Answer: They're what you'll need to clean the pantry or if
you don't have one, your food cupboards. Remove allitems you
haven't used in the past year... or won't use in the next
few months. Make sure everything is packed properly for
storage. Then you can put unused/unwanted food in the box,
contact your local non-profit food pantry, and put the box
in your car (for now).

Day 3
~~If you have a self-cleaning oven, turn it on when you wake
up. If not, spray or clean the inside of the oven. Then
later, rinse it off.
~~Defrost the refrigerator. It's good to put everything in
coolers then clean when everything is defrosted. Even
frost-free's need cleaning every now and then.

Day 4
~~Put the stove burners, other stove and fan parts in the
dishwasher. Clean the top of the range and fan.
~~Clean the inside of the dishwasher and outside of all
appliances. Add jet dry to the dishwasher.

Day 5
~~By now you should have a nice list of items you may want
to purchase... such as new shelving paper, food or
containers, cleaning supplies, ect. So go out, buy yourself
lunch, go shopping, and bring the box of donated food to
your local food pantry.
~~If you don't have a shopping pad on your refrigerator,
consider adding "small pad and magnetic strip" to your
shopping list. Then when you get home, glue the magnet to
the back of the pad.
~~Make your life easier in the kitchen. Purchase two
inexpensive and dishwasher proof items - a bag of plastic
clothes pins and a pair of scissors. Use the clothes pins to
close bags of chips, cereals, pasta, etc. Scissors that stay
in the kitchen come in handy for many things.

Day 6
~~Spend an hour cleaning the cabinets closest to the
dishwasher. Reline them with new shelving paper, if
~~Find covers for any pots, pans, Tupperware and the like.
Put any object that doesn't have a cover in a bag.

Day 7
~~Find a piece of paper and take everything out of the bag
you've saved from day six.
~~Write down the name of the product (Revereware,
Farberware, Tupperware, Rubbermaid, etc.) and measurements
(2 quarts, 8 inches, etc.). Or do what I prefer. Draw the
outline of the pot, cover, or container on a piece of paper
with the product's name in the middle of the circle.
~~Spend the rest of the hour cleaning and reorganizing the

Day 8
~~Today is Kitchen Floor Day. 'Nuff said
~~Clean the windows. Take measurements for a second set of

Day 9
~~Make a trip to Goodwill, Salvation Army, or your favorite
thrift store to find the covers (or bottoms) of pots, rubber
goods, etc. You'll be surprised what you can find for
between 69c-$2.00!
~~And look for a second set of curtains to use, too.

Day 10
~~Go to the store. Buy yourself some flowers, a candle, or
something to celebrate!
~~Go home, place a chair in the middle of the kitchen floor
and enjoy all you have accomplished!

About the Author

Copyright 2002 Maria Marsala is
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