End of Summer Kitchen Cleanse8 Min.
The school buses are on the roads, evenings are getting shorter, I even saw a red maple leaf lying right in the middle of my dry, less than lush lawn. Summer is coming to a close folks. While it’s tough to accept the end of beach days and bbq weather, the thought of hot apple cider and pumpkin spiced everything is almost enough to get me through.
But before the Fall begins in earnest, the end of summer is the perfect time for a kitchen cleanse. Get your kitchen clean and clear and ready for all those slow cooked, oven roasted fall treats. Because let’s face it, no one has time for cleaning in the summer!
Step One – The Toss Pile. Keep your large black contractor bag handy and systematically empty every your shelf and cabinet. As you look at each item ask yourself the following questions.
- Is it poorly made? Perhaps you’re holding onto items that are falling apart simply because you’re used to them. This is your opportunity to invest in quality pieces that will stand the test of time.
- Is it old or expired – it’s easy to hold onto canned goods and spices longer than you should – particularly if they are way in the back. It’s time, toss them out.
- How many do you have? just how many vegetable peelers do you really need? Choose the best, ditch the rest.
- Does it have any broken or missing parts? The roasting rack that doesn’t fit any of your pans, the top-less Tupperware… unless you have ordered the missing part and received a shipping confirmation – it goes.
- Have I ever used this? Bread makers, fish steamers – they seem like a good idea or a lovely gift. But if you’re not actually going to use them then give them to someone who will.
Step Two – The Keep Pile. Hold on, before you put back everything in this pile take a minute, think of this as you do your closet – is this item seasonal? How often do I use it? How accessible does it need to be? The cast iron pan can be placed in the front of the cabinet or drawer, the bundt pan in the back. Think seasonally as you put things away, perhaps the grilling tools can be moved from front and center and the dutch ovens can take priority.
Step Three – Enjoy and Create! There are few things better than a freshly organized kitchen, everything you use at your fingertips, nothing falling out of lower cabinets when you open the door. A kitchen cleanse will give you a clear and organized space that will encourage those creative juices to flow.
Here are a few other cleaning tasks that will help keep your home fresh and safe as the seasons change.
- Change Furnace Filters: A clean furnace filter will capture dust, allergens, and lint from the air passing throughout your home.
- Clean the Stove and Oven: Remove and wash stove grates, burners and coils with warm water and soap. Over time, grease can build up around the stove, increasing the chances of a fire.
- Check Fire Extinguishers: Check the expiration dates on your fire extinguishers. If they are expired, call your property manager immediately for a replacement.
- Replace Batteries in Carbon Monoxide and Smoke Detectors: Test and replace batteries in carbon monoxide and smoke detectors and make sure they are all working.
- Ditch the Dust: Dust your blinds, curtains, baseboards and bookshelves so when you do turn the furnace on, the dust won’t blow around.
- Re-set Thermostat: Turn off the air conditioning or remove it from the window if you have that sort and clean the filter.
- Retire That Summer Garden: Bring in any summer plants and trim back any plants that need to be prepared for the fall and winter.