Dream of Clean Challenge Week Two
Welcome to the Home Organizational Tips Ezine from Your-Printable-Planner.
Looking for some help to get organized? This week we are in the Kitchen! Ready?
The E-zine has:
- The Place to Get Organized - Tackling the Kitchen
- The DOC Weekly Challenge
- What's New? - new products, pages, or printable sheets for you to add to your own printable planner.
Working in the Kitchen
Dream of Clean? You are at Month 1, Week 2 - Spend some time in organizing your kitchen.
Of course you can't organize the kitchen in just one week - in 5 minute intervals - but it's a start. As the challenge goes on we will be tackling the kitchen again - and working on different jobs.
How? Follow the DOC Home Management Method:
First we are going to declutter - try 5 minutes a day; Your declutter list or plan will be unique to you as you only know what there is, how much of it there is, and where it is.
Then on to Organizing: Now that some of the extras have been removed - you can start to organize - keeping similar items in logical places; This week we'll just think about the cutlery drawer.
Thirdly - you can Clean! You might need to start with some deep cleaning first - but the list of jobs below are tasks that can be done in 5-10 minutes at a time.
DOC Weekly Challenge
Dream of Clean - Month 1, Week 2 in the Kitchen
De-clutter the junk drawer. Consult with family members what items are used frequently enough to warrant space in your random drawer. Toss out garbage, packaging and bits of unusable odds and ends. Test pens to make sure they work.
Get ready to de-clutter the plastic drawer (in the Organze section)
Recycle unusable plastic containers in your kitchen. If it doesn't have a matching lid, recycle it; if it looks over-used, warped, or cracked, recycle it.
I just love throwing out those plastic containers which don't match anymore.
Declutter the Benchtop - make space by either throwing out items (giving them away) or storing them - more in Organizing below.
Sort through cutlery and utensil drawers. Consider hangers or counter-top containers for utensils like ladles and wooden spoons. Knives should be kept either in a separate drawer or near the cutlery where they are easy to see to avoid being cut while digging for other items. In-drawer utensil organizers are affordable and a great way to separate things. Need a drawer organizer? Check out this expandable wooden drawer divider. I have one of these and it's great to keep all your things together.
Either fold or ball up all over your reusable shopping bags and put them in one bag which can be neatly stored. Do the same with reusable plastic bags.
Re-organize your counter-top appliances. Anything that gets rarely used can be put away neatly (with the cord twist-tied or wrapped around the appliance).
Wipe out the hood vent over the stove. This area can get grimy from steam and oil on the stove so be sure to use soap and water and a textured cloth.
Clean burners. If you have a gas stove, or one with coil burners, remove the top and scrub out the area underneath with soap and water to remove any spill residues.
Wipe out kitchen drawers you have decluttered/organized with a warm, damp cloth. A vacuum is good to get dust and crumbs out too. I often just turn the whole drawer upside down and get rid of those crumbs that somehow find their way into your drawers. (at least in mine!)
Sort and take out any recycling. Consider donating to a fundraising event - or have a garage sale. Add all those items you have just decluttered - such as the things from your kitchen benchtop.
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The 2013 Pages for the Complete Household Notebook are ready!
Not only are there family pages, budget pages, menu planner pages, phonebook pages, there are also daily printables, weekly printables over 1 page and over 2 pages, monthly goal charts, yearly calendar pages - both in portrait and in landscape format.
These are now available for 2012 and 2013!
Want to get organized? For me - I love to add my details, and my 'to-do' list right into a planner. If you like a pen and paper planner, you'll love using this 2012-2013 Complete Household Planner.
Until next week....