Do you Make these 3 Kitchen Spring Cleaning & Organizing Mistakes?

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No matter what the weather is at the beginning of March  I inevitably start to get the itch to spring clean and organize!  There’s just something about cleaning and organizing that makes it feel like you are getting a fresh start.  I guess you can say it puts a spring in my step (sorry – couldn’t help myself)!

If you are the type of person who DREADS this job, it may be due to the fact that you’re making some mistakes!

Mistake #1 – Not Having The Proper Tools

It is important to take note of your kitchen and assess the areas you are going to clean.  If you are going to do a deep clean on your oven, then you will need to ensure that you have the proper tools.  Do you need a scraper?  Do you need a heavy-duty oven cleaner?  Perhaps you’d like to focus on your kitchen cabinets.  Do you need some microfiber cloths to wipe out the cabinets?  Do you need a spare box to put in anything you no longer use so that it can go right to donation?  Every time you have to stop to go get some supplies, you are slowing down the process of getting it done!  You may even find that it has taken you away from the task at hand.

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Mistake #2 – Not Purging

Throughout the years, we accumulate stuff.  It’s inevitable.  By simply removing items, wiping down the inside cupboards and cabinets, and putting everything back, you are missing a huge step!  It is important to go through every cupboard and every drawer and assess whether you still use the items that are in those spaces.  If you use something once a year (like for Thanksgiving or Christmas), then does it really need to take up a piece of your kitchen ‘real estate’ for the rest of the year?  Probably not.

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Mistake #3 Ignoring the Yuck

I have to say, I’ve been 100% guilty on this one before!  I sometimes think,

“If I just look away maybe when I  look back it will be clean.” 

That never happens and the cleaning fairy never comes!  Two areas that tend to be particular yucky areas: the dishwasher (um..yes….the dishwasher) and the garbage can.


One of my favorite ways to clean the dishwasher:  Use a water and vinegar solution and a good cleaning cloth.  Wipe down the inside of the door as well as the top and bottom racks.  It never hurts to run the empty machine on its highest temperature setting as well.

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Garbage Cans

Well they are just plain gross.  Slap on your rubber gloves, sprinkle in some baking soda and water, mix that around, then scrub, rinse, wipe and dry.  I’m not a huge fan of spray deodorizers, but our garbage can will get a shot of Lysol spray too!

So when it comes to cleaning and organizing your kitchen this spring, try to avoid these three common mistakes.   Start this spring with

  • a ‘plan of attack’
  • ensure you have the correct tools
  • get rid of the things you no longer have a use for or no longer use, and
  • make sure you get every area.  Don’t ignore the yuck!

We tend to spend a lot of time in the kitchen as it tends to be a gathering place.  Will your gathering place sparkle and shine this spring?  I sure hope so.

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  1. on 02.04.2014
    at 8:48 AM

    Love the part about having the right tools – I am always guilty of being ready to clean but not knowing when any of my products actually are!

    I also think it’s important not to underestimate the time it takes! Every time I have a day to myself I think, “I’m going to clean the whole house today!” and I only get the bathroom done 😉

    Thanks for sharing!

    • on 03.04.2014
      at 4:45 PM

      Hi Jen,
      Thanks for stopping by and leaving your comments. I totally agree with you with the underestimating. What I wish would only take 10 minutes typically takes much longer!

  2. on 07.05.2014
    at 11:10 AM

    I think you should know first what are the things you need when you decide to do some cleaning. You have a great post, thanks for sharing. People can use this as a guide also specially to those who often commit the same mistakes.

    • on 09.05.2014
      at 2:44 PM

      Yes – I totally agree! Keep the items you use and then address the items that you don’t. Thanks for leaving your comments!

  3. on 14.08.2014
    at 10:01 PM

    As the good old SOP goes,”Clean as you go.” Unfortunately, many ignore this until one day, every crevice and corner are filled with decaying and smelly food crumbs, bits, and drippings. Most appliances, such as Panini presses, are non-stick and easy-to-clean. Quick wash or even wiping them with dry cloth after use will certainly contribute to a spic and span kitchen, without the disgusting yuck.

    • on 15.08.2014
      at 2:52 PM

      I’m finding more and more appliances have the non-stick and yes – I agree. A quick wash or wipe is not hard to do. And I agree, it’s better to clean as you go (in my honest opinion) then to let it build up and get nasty!

      Thanks for leaving your comments. ~Sheri

  4. on 05.05.2015
    at 6:41 AM

    I love cleaning especially when my cleaning products make it so easy for me and yes having the right cleaning equipment does save you time because you spend less time cleaning…cleaning as you go helps a lot so people should try it.

    • on 08.05.2015
      at 7:41 AM

      I certainly makes cleaning easier when you don’t have to waste time searching for supplies (whatever that may be). I’ve tried to teach my 2 teens that when you clean as you go, the ‘big’ clean is not really that big! ~Sheri

  5. on 09.08.2015
    at 12:17 PM

    I have had cleaning my kitchen every weekend, so your article gave me great tips. Thanks for sharing, Sheri.

    • on 10.08.2015
      at 6:41 AM

      You are so welcome! ~Sheri

  6. on 07.10.2016
    at 4:27 AM

    One more thing, people forget is decluttering kitchen appliances you rarely use. this will free up a lot of space in the kitchen.

    • on 14.10.2016
      at 2:16 PM

      Agreed! Great point.

  7. on 27.10.2016
    at 8:55 PM

    Thanks for your great information. This is really a amazing informative post. This is really so effective for us. thanks for the shearing. Keep shearing…

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