Thursday, October 08, 2009

Fall Kitchen Organization Part 4

The Pincushion plant that sits on my kitchen counter


- Do you have orange juice in the house? Milk? Bread?

- Clean off and declutter mail table if needed

- Take 5 minutes to sweep or vacuum floors that need it

- Need to use a mud mask or moisturizing treatment on your face tonight?

- Want to vacuum anything before tomorrow, so you're heading fresh into the weekend? How about mid-week laundry?

TODAY'S PROJECT: Kitchen Appliances

Almost done getting our kitchens ready for Fall!

Thoroughly clean the appliances in your kitchen inside and out. Start with the big ones (oven, stove, dishwasher). Then move onto smaller appliances (coffeemaker, espresso machine, deep fryer, panini grill, waffle maker, iced tea maker, mixer, crockpot, rice cooker, Cuisinart, bread maker, juicer, ice cream maker, and any other electric gadgets, but only if they truly do need to be cleaned).

Besides cleaning the appliances on your countertops, don't forget to take appliances out of your cupboards, pantry and closets too. Don't assume something is clean just because it's been in a cupboard. It may have gotten dusty, or not been cleaned thoroughly before being put away.

Before cleaning and disinfecting them, check for wear and tear on electric cords for safety reasons. Run the self-clean cycle on your oven. Run a load of white vinegar through your coffee maker and then another load of plain hot water, to clean it out. Run a load of white vinegar through your dishwasher, too. Clean your dishwasher filter, if you can find it. Freshen your garbage disposal by grinding half a lemon through it. (Use the other cut half of the lemon to flavor your water or tea today).

Wipe down your counters again and put the appliances back where they go. See if you can clear off your kitchen counters a bit more - can you find new homes for appliances that sit on the counter but don't get used every day? (We don't actually use my toaster every day, I wish I had a cupboard big enough to stash it in!)

Put some thought into getting rid of appliances you honestly don't use. (Tortilla maker? Electric iced tea maker?) You might have a friend or relative who would like to try out your bread machine you've only used twice, your ice cream maker you don't seem to make time to use, or your espresso machine now that you quit drinking coffee.

Spritz your kitchen with home spray or boil a pot of cinnamon, water and citrus peels to make the kitchen smell nice.

LOVELY WEBSITES: Project Nursery

This is a website focusing on children's room decor and "inspiring kid design." The blog features "Real rooms" and there are tons of pics of adorable nurseries here. There's a video library and tips on DIY nursery decor. I would expect this sort of site to be spammy with lots of ads, but it's not!



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