Are you looking at that level of organization. The picture is practically singing, to me, right off the page! Now, my kitchen might not be that organized, but it is getting there. This picture is my inspiration.
So, this weekend, let this be the weekend that you go through your cabinets and clean stuff out. Did you know that everything in your kitchen has a shelf life? Like even the things that don't have expiration dates printed right on it!
How many times do you pick up the same plastic bowl and fill it with leftovers, only to realize that you don't have the matching lid. Are you almost slicing your fingers off because all of your cutlery is duller than dull? I bet you have something in your refrigerator that is expired! I bet you $10. Go, check right now.
First things first. Throw out the junk!
- If it is broken, missing pieces, lids, handle etc. Pitch it.
- If the appliance doesn't work, it is dull, needs repair, or you NEVER use it. Get rid of it.
- Is there a reason why you have 15 plastic cups from various bars, restaurants, games? No, get rid of them. You would be suprized how classy you feel drinking out of a real glass with your dinner (or pizza) for that matter.
After you have thrown out all the junk, take inventory. Did you need to get rid of your toaster and blender because they were broken? Did you just throw out all your drinking cups because they were plastic and from takeout joints? Are you now down to your last three pieces of gladware? Well, this is where you list what you need to "fill in the gaps". Maybe you have been eying a new toaster oven that would take the place of a microwave and toaster. Just an example, but you get it.
Canned Goods, and Boxed Goods, and Spices, Oh My!
- Check every single expiration date. If it is out of date, or going to expire soon, get rid of it.
- If there is a box of crackers that have been in your cabinet FOREVER, get rid of them. No one wants them, and you need your new found room!
- McCormick shares these guidelines for how long spices can be expected to last.
- Herbs: 1-3 years
- Seasoning Blends 1-2 years.
- Ground spices: 2-3 years
- Whole spices (such as cinnamon sticks and peppercorns): 3-4 years
- Extracts: 4 years (except for pure vanilla, which lasts indefinitely)
Now again, here is where you take inventory. This would also be a great time to think about holiday baking, as it is just around the corner. What items do you know you will need. Might as well get it now, in lu of last minute.
Lastly, your freezer and refrigerator.
- If you can't identify the item, toss it.
- If there is no clear date of the item, toss it
- If is is clearly expired, get rid of it.
This space should be the easiest to clean, as most people keep this area pretty organized.
Good Luck with your kitchen cleaning and I can't wait to hear about your success stories!