Well, I successfully completed Week 1 of the Home Organization Challenge and my kitchen is in great shape! It could use some better decorating and staging (I do not have an eye for decorating at all!) but at least it is clean and decluttered.
The toughest areas to tackle were my junk drawer, underneath the kitchen sink, the Tupperware cupboard, and the fridge. I purged a lot of beat up plastic Tupperware and better organized my glass containers. And the fridge, good lord, did I ever purge a lot of that fridge. There were tons of half-used salad dressings, condiments, sauces, etc that I had used for a recipe at some point, and have all expired. The fridge and underneath the kitchen sink all got a good scrubbing and sanitizing. I even gave the dishwasher a good sanitizing using a method I found on Pinterest – I put a measuring cup of vinegar on the top rack, sprinkled baking soda on the bottom, and ran a short hot cycle. It’s quite gross to see all the crud built up in the dishwasher, so I highly recommend cleaning it often.
I also had a cupboard full of mugs and glasses that I never use. I use the same coffee mug every day (this gorgeous one pictured below made by Regina local ceramic artist Carla Lorence) and the same wineglasses and water glasses every day. I gathered up all my cups and mugs that I didn’t use and I will be donating them to the Canadian Diabetes Association.
My favourite mug, by Regina ceramic artist Carla Lorence
I’ve shared some photos below. I’m off to Michaels now to buy some storage items so I can tackle Week 2 – The Pantry!
Coffee corner – my favourite spot in the house!
Fridge looks so empty after a good purge!
One of my New Year Resolutions was to keep cleaner and more organized home. If any of you follow me on Pinterest, you’ll see that I have a board called “Cleaning Tips” where I pin a lot of cleaning calendars, cleaning tips and home organization tips. Now that I’m off on mat leave, I feel like I should be able to keep a more organized, less cluttered house (other than all the baby gear, blankets, and toys laying around!) And once I get the organization and cleaning thing under control, I can then focus on home decor and work on adding character and personality to our house. (Is there a home decorating challenge out there somewhere?!)
Through Facebook, I came across this Home Organization Challenge . The challenge walks you through a process to clean and declutter your home in 14 weeks. My favourite part of this challenge is that there are free checklists for each of the weeks, to ensure that you follow an efficient and effective process. You can access the free printable checklists here.
The challenge starts this Saturday, January 7th, and Week #1 is the Kitchen! Very fitting, considering this is a food blog! This is going to be a challenging first week for me, as I have some pretty disastrous areas in the kitchen that I’m afraid to tackle (junk drawer, anyone?!)
Does anyone want to join me in this challenge? I’d love to have some online support. I’ll be posting my before and after pictures every week, so follow along on my blog – this should be entertaining!