I am finally done! It only took me a week and half, but my kitchen is clean! And not just regular clean, like, deeply cleaned. Being 7 months prego made it kind of hard to keep my energy up, so I did it in little segments. Our kitchen was always a point on chaos in our apartment, it’s small, has limited cabinet space and we could just never figure out a good flow. Last month I took the time to sit down and make a list of everything that bothered me in the kitchen and that could have been organized better, and then wrote down a handful of solutions to take into consideration when cleaning.
Two of the biggest problems I had was with our pantry cabinet (our food was always falling out when we opened it) and our dishes (which were old, cheap and full of scratches). The cabinet problem was solved by throwing out expired food. We had a lot of expired sauces and marinades, mostly gifts from my Grandma, that we had never used. I organized the food into how far I would have to reach to use it. Cake mixes went to the top shelf where I would need a stool to reach and breads, chips and cereal stayed in arms reach.
I took out everything from the shelves wiped them down, cleaned whatever that I put back in and donated anything that I don’t use. When I got to the dishes, my original plan was to get new dishes, beautiful Heath dishes, that are super expensive but locally made and sustainable. But we have perfectly fine dishes that we got at Ikea 5 years ago, they aren’t ugly, they are just scratched and it really, really irked me. BUT it’s more sustainable to use what I have than to consume more, so I figured I’d try to get rid of the marks. Here are some things I tried:
Baking soda – Did absolutely nothing.
Cream of Tartar – Worked pretty well, got rid of a majority of the scratches but took a lot of elbow grease and might work better on lightly scratched dishes.
Barkeeper’s Friend – Is the best thing ever. I resisted because I felt like it was too chemical-y. But I sprinkled it on my dishes, gave them a light scrub and they were as good as new. The best part, is that a whole can of it only ran me $2 at Target. It’s a must have!
One of my favorite site for cleaning reference is Clean My Space. It super helps with small tips for cleaning everything from coffee makers to fridges. It was super helpful in cleaning and reorganizing my gross kitchen. Now it’s sparkly and organized and hopefully will stay that way!