More than any other season, spring energizes me to make a fresh start. Where better to begin than with a spring kitchen cleanup!
I’m going to wear two hats today: health coach and professional organizer. Clutter can keep us from living our healthiest, happiest lives, so the first step in this spring kitchen cleanup is decluttering. In nutrition school, we learned to crowd out the not-so-good stuff and add in better choices. We’ll be applying that concept to our spring kitchen cleanup.
Dump items that are past expiration, sketchy-looking, or smelly. Scan the labels of condiments for sugar and salt content; next time, buy less sugary/salty substitutes.
Organize your fridge so that you can easily get to what you need. Clear storage bins help you see what you’ve got; stackable ones create even more space. Speaking of organization, look at this lady’s fridge!
Clean your fridge using a natural, all-purpose disinfectant: 1 cup filtered water; 3/4 cup distilled white vinegar; 2 teaspoons rubbing alcohol; 8-10 drops essential oil, such as tea tree, lavender, or oregano. Add them to a clean, unused spray bottle and go!
Approach the pantry like the fridge. Take out everything, clean it, and ditch the expired, unused, and unattractive.
Use less canned goods because most cans contain bisphenol-A (BPA), a chemical that can leach into food. Eden Organics Canned Beans is BPA-free and a good alternative, as is using dried beans.
Cabinets and drawers:
Again, take everything out and discard or give away what isn’t being used–or duplicates.
Ditch plastic containers for BPA-free glass, such as Pyrex. Containers that no longer have lids: out! And if your mug collection is out of hand, give at least one-third of them away.
Use shelf organizers to create more space for plates and cups that are used often.
Our countertops house all. the. things. Be ruthless in deciding what stays there. Questions to ask:
- Do I use it daily? Weekly?
- If I moved it, would I miss it?
- Is it worthy of the space is it consuming?
- Can it easily find another home without disrupting your kitchen workflow?
- Does it add to the aesthetic value of the space?
Once you decide on what stays, remove everything and give the surface a thorough cleaning. Mix together baking soda and liquid soap to make a mild abrasive and apply with a sponge.
Food and water:
Leave behind the heavy stews and soups of winter and welcome spring recipes, some of which you can find on my Pinterest salad recipes board. Consider eating seasonally for optimum health, as promoted by Ayurveda practitioner Dr. John Douillard. The current Clean 15/Dirty 12 lists the foods that should be bought in their organic or conventional state.
What plans do you have for your spring kitchen cleanup?