Day Four of Week 1 ~ Kitchen

Its Day 4 and we’re on the home-stretch of Week 1! Today we will work on the counter tops and small appliances. You might not think that there is all that much to do with counter tops … and you may be right about that. But we will not only clean them, we’ll try to organize them and make your kitchen look more efficient and less crowded.

First we’ll clean the small appliances because they are going to mess up the counter tops.
You’ll need a grease cutting cleaner for some of these appliances and a mild detergent and water for the others. The idea is to clean, polish and generally spruce up all the small appliances in your kitchen.
Toasters, microwaves, blenders, food processors, mixers, waffle irons …. whatever. Its time to clean them.
Get them all out and start cleaning.
Here is my favorite microwave cleaner idea:
First, wipe out any loose debris from the microwave. Next, slice a whole lemon into wedges and place them in a small glass bowl. Place the bowl in the microwave. Cook the lemon wedges for how ever long it takes to boil water in your microwave. Allow the lemon to sit in the microwave undisturbed for about 10 minutes. Remove the bowl and wipe out the microwave.

After all the appliances are cleaned and put away we move on ……

Here are some tips for cleaning and organizing counter tops:
Clean everything off your counter tops. Ev. er. ry. thing.
Find out what your counter tops are made of and then get the right kind of cleaner for them. Here is a product that looks interesting.Β  I don’t know anything about it, but you might want to investigate it or something like it if your counter tops need a boost.

Most counter tops can be bleached if they are stained. Carefully pour a small amount of bleach on the stain and gently spread it out with a cloth. Need I mention here that you should don your “bleach ware” clothes?
Allow the bleach to sit for 10 – 20 minutes depending on the stain, then rinse well.
Remember to wipe down the fronts of the counter tops, you know … the little rolled area in the front. ‘Cause if you bleach and you don’t wipe it down, you will ruin your new shirt. Yes.

OK, so now you’ve gotten your counter tops cleaned, bleached and dried and you’re ready to put everything back. WAIT !! Don’t take another step! Turn slowly and look at those nice, clean, spacious counter tops. Do you really want to junk them up again?

Lets find some alternatives to putting stuff back on your counter tops. I figure you’ve got questions about where to put stuff and how to arrange stuff. And I figure that if I don’t have the answers, someone here will. So ask! What are your counter top challenges?

About Sylvia

Sylvia Britton is the owner of the Christian HomeKeeper website and ministry and began the ministry in 1997 when her husband brought home their first PC. She and her husband Mark live in Tennessee and are the parents of 5 grown children and grandparents to five so far. They homeschooled their five children from 1991 to 2016. Sylvia is a Christian and worship leader in her local Church. You can follow her on Facebook or consider joining her Facebook Group called Christian Homekeepers and Like her official CHK Page on Facebook.
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21 Responses to Day Four of Week 1 ~ Kitchen

  1. Michelle says:

    I have a question about cabinet cleaning. We have one of those cabinets, actually two, where the door is small, but the cabinet goes all the way back under the counter. You have to crawl under there (I have to get my kids to do this) to get anything out. I use these cabinet’s for things I don’t use everyday. One cabinet is organized and works fine, but the other one is a dump site. I don’t know how to organize it. What do you do for cabinets like that? I am using the dump site more often than I want. It also house the Easy Bake Oven equipment, which I want to get rid of, but little girls won’t let me. lol

    Baskets maybe? I hate how I have to take everything out to get to the back. My last house had a cabinet like this and it had a door towards the kitchen area, and then another door on the backside of the bar that opened towards the dining area. I think a woman designed that one and a man designed this one with no door to the eating area. LOL

  2. Sylvia says:

    Way to go, Ladies!
    I had a large kitchen once … I can’t remember how many cabinets and drawers I had in that kitchen, but it was huge, just huge. Now I have my little galley kitchen and am learning to live with it. I grew up in this kitchen so you’d think I’d have it down by now, but there were only three of us in the house then! πŸ˜€

  3. Michelle says:

    Cecily, I’m like you. I counted the doors and drawers. I have 30, plus a 6 ft wide pantry with five shelves. Lots of junk. LOL

  4. Michelle says:

    I got my small appliances cleaned and part of the counter. Spent time cleaning in the front room, per Sir Husband’s request. πŸ™‚

  5. Cecily says:

    Ok, so I’m still not done with the cabinets, but I’m doing my counters and small appliances as I go b/c I already had most of them in the cabinets already. But I decided to count my cabinets, and I am very blessed by having a large kitchen (I keep having to remind myself of that)–I have 32 cabinet/drawers to clean out—who said bigger was better–that’s just more space for me to have junk! Oye!! Maybe tomorrow I’ll get it done….

  6. Sylvia says:

    No, its not. Wouldn’t that be wonderful, though?? πŸ™‚
    Love
    Sylvia

  7. Jennifer says:

    I got a late start due to homework and going to a consignment event at the fairgrounds, but I got it done- before my husband got home from work!

  8. Oh my goodness….is that your counter in the picture on this post?? Sooo beautiful! πŸ™‚

    No, its not. Wouldn’t that be wonderful, though?? πŸ™‚
    Love
    Sylvia

  9. Tina Lahr says:

    I’m behind also, but still Motivated!

  10. Mary says:

    I’m a day behind, since I wasn’t home at all on Monday. So, today I’m busy with cupboards. On the plus side, I did some of my cupboards a few weeks ago, so I don’t have to do them all. The other day, after I finished day 1, one of my teenage boys opened the fridge and said “Hey, Mom. Now you have room for more food!”

    I am trying to blog about this, but can’t seem to get a post up everyday.

    I am totally enjoying this!

  11. Melanie says:

    Working on my countertops, will blog about this challenge.
    Here is another microwave cleaner recipe:
    http://www.homesteadmel.com/5/category/natural%20microwave%20cleaner/1.html
    Thank you and have a great day!

  12. Donna says:

    Thanks for the great idea for microwave cleaning! This is a new one for this well seasoned homemaker. I have everything now done to this point and my kitchen is more organized and clean than ever before! Thank you and keep on posting. God bless.

    You’re so welcome, Donna. Thanks for participating!
    Love
    Sylvia

  13. Cecily says:

    My hubby opened the freezer the other day and said, “Wow, who knew we had a freezer”. It’s so clean!! My friend walked in and even though the rest of the kitchen was a mess at that time….she noticed how clean the fridge was, she said it really stood out. Now, I’m finding extra space in my cabinets I didn’t know existed. Plus, I’m having a yard sale next weekend, so this is a great time to go thru all of this and get rid of it!!!

    This is just awesome news, Cecily. I am so glad you’re getting things done and your family and friends are noticing! πŸ™‚
    Love
    Sylvia

  14. Diona says:

    Inside/outside oven – DONE! Still need to quick sweep under there, since I already really cleaned about a month ago! Inside/outside fridge – DONE! Underneath was a MESS! I don’t think anyone has cleaned under either one for who knows HOW long! It was BAD! Yay, it’s CLEAN!!!! And I am being very particular of my fridge, now, since it GLOWS when you open it! πŸ˜‰

    I try to keep the small appliances under control as I am finished using them… Oh! I have a food processor that we either need to throw away or buy the three pieces it needs to work again! Hubbins is thinking it would be best and more economical to buy a brand new one, so it went off the top of the fridge into the garage! Woo hoo! I’ll try to get some more of the inside/outside cabinets completed. We have an eating area in our kitchen, too, which is too small for our fam to eat at, but I still have to clean the three window blinds that are in there….

    And that brings up a question for you all… WHAT do you USE, on a regular basis to clean those things? These are metal, so I can just throw them in the bathtub and give ’em a scrub down. I have two WOODEN ones in my bedroom and one in my bathroom. They are larger; any ideas on how to clean those, regularly?

    Having fun getting the house in order, and if need be, will continue kitchen when I have spare time from the other rooms not needing as much elbow grease added to them! πŸ˜‰

    I hope someone has some good answers for you, Diona. I used to have a little five-fingered duster thingie for wooden blinds … it worked pretty well.
    Love
    Sylvia

  15. Marcia says:

    I actually enjoy cleaning my counter tops. Well, maybe not so much the process, but I love the end result. I have white tile, so I use that little Clorox bleach pen to clean the grout. It works great. Thank you again for hosting this event. I added the McLinky on your post yesterday. I wasn’t sure if you wanted it there or on the first day’s post.
    Have a great day!
    Blessings,
    Marcia

    Its fine that you posted your link on the Mcklinky!
    Love
    Sylvia

  16. Mrs T says:

    I got my uppers done yesterday and my small appliances too. So today is lower cabinets, pantry, and bookcase.

    This is FUN!

    Hubby is pleased that opening the cabinets is no longer a risk to life and limb. Children are pleased that the dishes fit neatly now when they unload the dishwasher. I am pleased to have EMPTY SPACE in the cabinets and to have my small appliances IN the cabinets instead of on the counters since I have NO counter space!!!

    pics will be coming this weekend. I am blogging this!

    WOOHOOO! We can do it! CLEAN! ORGANIZE! PURGE!!

  17. Cecily says:

    Well, I didn’t get yesterdays stuff even started, so now my counter tops are covered with the stuff from the cupboards….so once I find them again, I’ll clean them. πŸ˜€

  18. Sylvia says:

    Serena,
    I discovered that the glass panel on my doubled glass paned oven actually slides out from side to side so I slid it out and cleaned. Yours may not of course. And you have to be Oh SO careful. I was absolutely nerve-wracked.
    How about finding something small and plastic to clean the area, like a handle of a plastic spoon,etc? Whatever you use should probably be something that won’t scratch or break the glass! And perhaps you could wrap a paper towel around your plastic thing and clean?? I’m grasping here …. haha

  19. Serena says:

    I only got monday done πŸ™ Today and tomorrow will be my catch up days.

    But I have a question for you regarding cleaning the oven. My oven door is made of two glass panes, at the bottom is a small gap in the glass. Food and grease tends to get up in there and make the glass look gross. But I have no way to reach inside, other then finger tips to clean it. Any suggestions?

  20. Sylvia says:

    Here are my tips for getting the counter tops uncluttered:

    Use a mail basket. Throw away junk mail immediately when the mail comes in the house.
    Create a filing system somewhere else in the house (use a simple accordion folder) for bills and other correspondence.
    Clean the kitchen every night before bed.
    Create space for your small appliances inside cabinets and on to of the frig.
    Get rid of appliances that are redundant or that you don’t really use. I know some of you …. because I luh luh luved that centrifugal juice maker I bought at the yard sale … but it didn’t work well and I didn’t use it so it had to GO.
    PURGE those appliances and pans.
    Consider under-cabinet mounted appliances.
    One word: Stackers. You can use them on countertops as well as in the cabinets.
    Look at this cool arrangement of dishes with stackers. Why couldn’t you use this on the counter top? http://www.theposhspace.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2008/10/shelf-stacker1.JPG