Detox Your Kitchen

Second only to the bathroom, the kitchen is an important place to detox...over and over again. Think about all the things you're putting into your body and the bodies of your family and you'll soon realize how cleanliness and order are essential where you eat and prepare food.

So much of our day is spent preparing meals, unloading groceries and washing dishes. All of that use will create messes, germs and disorder in a hurry. The kitchen is a large, full room so we'll break the detox process down into manageable steps and spread it over a few days. Nothing says you have to hurry through your cleaning and organizing, so take as many days (or weeks) for each step as you have time.

For his eyes are upon the ways of man, and he seeth all his goings. Job 34:21

The Kitchen Detox Part 1:
1. Wipe down the counters. Don't worry about a deep clean because we're going to use them in the next step and get them grimy again. Just clear them off and clean off the major messes.

2. Run a sink full of hot, soapy water. We're going to roll up our sleeves!

3. Unload one cabinet door. That will sound either too simple or way too much work, depending on the condition of your kitchen cabinets. Start with one shelf if that's all the time and energy you have. The idea is to break it down into easy parts and feel like you've truly accomplished something when you're done.

4. Dust and wipe off each shelf. You may need new shelf-liner paper or the vacuum cleaner hose to reach in all the corners. Get all of that grime and gunk out now before you put all your treasures back in. Scrub the inside and outside of the cabinet door as well, paying special attention to the handle.

5. Sort, wash and organize everything from that cabinet. Have your donate box and trash bag handy - you're really going to need them. This is the time to make hard decisions about what you need and what you don't need in your home. Clean everything you're going to keep and line them up on the counter.

6. With some creativity and common sense combined, put those special things you're keeping back into their new home. You may decide you want to mix and match things from other cabinets so they're more easily reachable. For example, you may want to move the plates and bowls into the cabinet above the drawer where you keep the silverware. Take a look at what set-up will be most efficient and clean in that direction.

7. Wash, rinse and repeat. Seriously...work your way in a circle around the room, attacking each cabinet as it comes. Sort, wash and organize as you go, and don't worry about neatness right now. If some things get left out while you're working on the next cabinet, that's fine. You may find there's really no room for them after all, and they'll end up in your donate box.

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