Confession time: I’m kinda a rotten housekeeper. There are a lot of arenas of domesticity where I thrive—I’m a hell of a cook, I can sew, I’m a pretty skilled gardener and canner, but cleaning? Phew. Not my strong suit. Actually, that’s not entirely true. When I put my mind to it, I’m actually an excellent, thorough cleaner. But the problem is, 90% of the time, I really have no interest in putting my mind to it. Cleaning just falls way down on my priority list.
Craig is actually awesome at picking up my cleaning slack (he does the vast majority of our cleaning), but with him working full-time and running a small business on the side, it can be hard for him to keep things spick-and-span, too. That’s why seasonal cleaning is so important in our house. We have a baseline of neatness that we try to keep up with, but seasonal cleaning is where we really get down and tackle the nitty-gritty. Sure, it’d be better if we did things like wash our baseboards and cleaned out our fridge weekly, but the truth is, that just isn’t realistic for our lifestyle. So when we devote time to doing deep-cleaning, we really do deep cleaning.
Right now, we’re going room-by-room of the house and doing our annual spring cleaning—and first up is the kitchen. Not only is it a great time to clean out the yucky stuff stuck under the knobs on the stove (gross), but it’s also an amazing time to declutter, reorganize and tackle any problem areas. This is especially important in the kitchen. If it’s hard to get to your favorite ingredients or the good pans in the kitchen, you’re more likely to order in pizza or pick up take-out. When a kitchen is clean and runs smoothly, it’s a joy to cook in!
Admittedly, the kitchen is also the absolute suckiest room in the house to organize and deep clean. It took us an entire three-day weekend to get through our kitchen—mostly because we decided to do a pantry reorganization at the same time. But once you’re through this list, the other rooms feel like nothing! And there are few things that make a home feel better than having a spotless, well-organized kitchen.
And it helps breaking the kitchen into zones. That way you can tackle a few zones at a time—instead of being overwhelmed with a ridiculously long list that you feel like you’ll never finish. Here’s how we tackled our kitchen:
It doesn’t seem so bad when it’s all broken up into sections, now does it? And, I went ahead and made it into a printable—because cleaning is much more fun with a nice printable on a cute clipboard.
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I printed it and laminated it so I can reuse it!
Horrible, terrible and I am a procrastinator! But just like you when my “mind” is put into the right frame it flows and gets done. Thank you for the great list, in another life (1 kid & stayed at home) I was not quite a perfectionist and made lists. BTW love love love your kitchen!! :)
Thank you so much for this!! I think I’m going to do as the commenter above said and laminate it so i can reuse it!
This is awesome! Seriously, thank you. I too am not a good cleaner on a regular basis. A good deep clean makes me so anxious and I get off-track. This printable will be so helpful. Also, I love your kitchen layout and all the little canisters. One question though, your cleaning bucket, where did you get it? I don’t think I’ve ever seen one with two compartments like that and I like that much better.
Love this! I always enjoy the style of your photos. The thing that I need to deep clean this spring is my drawers.
Awesome checklist for spring cleaning….I would love to download this cleaning checklist for my wife to clean easily and efficiently.Thanks a lot for inspiration!
You cannot make compromise with the process of making the kitchen clean. Obviously, when the room is clean, you feel like being invited to cook. And it is exciting there to serve. You should carry out different strategies for different items of the kitchen. Also, the strategies vary from time to time i.e. season to season. When it is spring, you should set aside the cleaning items. Depending on the material of the countertop, it is cleaned. The cabinets are emptied first and then are cleaned. You should act as the case of home improvement.
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